Are you interested in music, performing arts, visual concepts as well as architecture? Then the Helsinki Festival will offer a wonderfully curated programme for you. The festival is the largest multi-arts festival in the Nordics. The focus of the 2019 edition will be on the relationship between art, technology and well-being.
The festival will kick-off on August 15th with the 30th anniversary of the Night of the Arts featuring a Robot Choir as the opening act for an over 2000 strong human choir. It is a singing machine intelligence created by Tytti Arola and Counterpoint.
Prominent performers on the Huvila Festival Tent stage include Australian artist Courtney Barnett and Buena Vista Social Club member Omara Portuondo. The Helsinki Festival programme also contains world-class modern dance in the form of Gisèle Vienne’s Crowd and William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance.
The festival will feature many unique spaces such as Arboria, created by the English Architects of Air collective, an inflatable structure inspired by the forms of the forest. Also, during the festival, the Central Railway Station and the West Terminal of the Port of Helsinki, among others, will host installations created by renowned artists like music artist Jon Hopkins, audio-visual designer Ville Hyvönen, photographer Meeri Koutaniemi and musician Sami Yaffa, as well as musician-producer Timo Kaukolampi and lighting designer Jenni Pystynen.
One of the artistic highlights of the festival will be a screening of the eight-and-a-half hour-film experiment ‘Sleep’ by renowned contemporary composer Max Richter. ‘Sleep’ will be screened overnight with the visitors in beds inside Huvila Festival Tent and in tents located in Tokoinranta on the Helsinki shoreline.
The festival programme will present many of the most creative music artists from the contemporary music scene. A full programme is available online – check out your favourite event from the areas of music, performing arts, visual concepts as well as architecture. Many of the festival’s performances will be freely accessible to audience around Helsinki.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)