Helsinki Festival 2018

14.08.2018 |

The Helsinki Festival is Finland’s largest arts festival and will return once again to fill the city with colour and light and a great atmosphere on Friday 17th August, running for just over two weeks until Sunday 2nd September.

The final days of summer are upon us and once again, the city of Helsinki will be transformed with art, music and activities for the whole family at the Helsinki Festival. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the festivities with more than 200,000 attending in previous years.   

With the goal of making art accessible to all, classical and world music sit side by side, as does theatre, performance and even 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.   

Some of Europe’s most esteemed and inspirational creative arts professionals are on the programme, presenting classical and modern works in a variety of formats. The international character of the event is reflected in the origin of its performers. Swiss-born circus artist, choreographer and director Martin Zimmermann will bring his show Eins Zwei Drei, The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will accompany opera singers Furio Zanasi and Sunhae Im in a performance of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, and work from esteemed British painter David Hockney will be on display.   

The Hiluva Festival Tent has an impressive bill of performers scheduled including Fat Beat Sound System, guitarist Steve Vai and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and as usual there are numerous free events to be found for those on a budget.

As if all this wasn't enough already, the Helsinki Festival partners with several concurrent festivals and events: Art Goes Kapakka, Helsinki Comics Festival, Poetry MoonSampo Puppet Theatre Festival, children's festival Skidit Festarit, Viapori Jazz, and Night of the Arts.

The Helsinki Festival will be held from Friday 17th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 at various locations 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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