Once again, the city of Helsinki will be transformed as the annual festival comes to town. The Helsinki festival attracts over 200,000 visitors and numerous artists and performers from Finland, Europe and beyond. With the goal of making art accessible to all, the organisers try to make sure there is a diverse range of entertainment for all tastes in the programme. Classical and world music sit side by side, as do intense theatrical performances and circus acts. Various urban events take place across the city and there are a number of visual arts exhibitions for those looking for a more internal artistic experience.
The Helsinki Festival welcomes some of Europe’s most esteemed creative arts professionals, presenting classical and modern works in a variety of formats. The international character of the event is reflected in the origin of its performers. The Dublin/London-based theatre company Dead Centre will perform the intriguing “Chekhov’s First Play” at the Finnish National Theatre. Fans of Academy Award winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett will be delighted with a retrospective of her films from the last 20 years of her career, to be held at the Orion Cinema.
Since the celebrated opening of his passion project the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has become one of the hottest tickets in town. The orchestra, conducted by Barenboim will perform Mozart and Strauss at the Helsinki Music Centre.
Festival favourites including the Night of the Arts and the Secret Garden in the Senate square will return and there are more than a dozen free events throughout the festival programme, for those on a budget.
Finland’s own screaming men’s choir Huutajat will raise the roof on the Hiluva Festival tent, on the festival’s closing night. This internationally renowned group appear on the back of performances across Europe including the Venice Biennale and the Vienna Festival.
The Helsinki Festival will be held from Thursday 17th August to Sunday 4rd September 2017 at various location around Helsinki, Finland. The programme is available on the Helsinki Festival website (in English, Finnish, Russian and Swedish). You can read more about the festival on the Helsinki Festival website.
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