This unique urban festival is a joyful celebration that takes over the entire City Port and downtown districts of Kotka, bringing visitors back time and again to meet old friends and have lots of fun every year! The diverse programme will foster an international atmosphere, with local and international culture, music, dance and theatre, sporting and boating events, and the largest parade of the Finnish summer. There will also be a generous programme of free admission events for families with children, including the Children’s Maritime Festival.
|Festival address||Kotka Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 5 234 4700|
|Office||Tornatorintie 99, FI-48100 Kotka|
Our 2019 programme will include the Italian baroque artist Giorgio Dellarole, BayanTonic (Lars Karlsson, Sweden, Öivind Farmen, Norway), and the splendid Russian ESSE Quintet from St Petersburg – with the Guardia Nueva tango orchestra naturally enjoying pride of place. This festival really brings out the extraordinary versatility of the accordion as a musical instrument in a classical, modern and light music context. The programme will also include dance, community singing and outdoor events.
The cultures of the world will come together in Kaisaniemi Park and the Central Railway Station Square on the last weekend in May for a major free event offering a wealth of art and action for the whole family. The programme will include dozens of performances from various parts of the world, frank discussions, films and documentaries. There will also be opportunities to encounter a wide range of exhibitors, civic organisations and exotic culinary experiences.
Wordless theatre, concerts, clubs, courses, debates… Over the years, Finland’s longest-running urban festival has always sought to remain a few steps ahead of its time and to experiment with new ideas. The programme will also include many free events for visitors of all ages.
Finland’s largest arts festival will once again provide a diverse programme of events throughout the city, with experiences ranging from classical to world music and pop, from drama to contemporary dance, and from visual art to film and children’s events. We invite and encourage you to lose yourself in the Night of the Arts or get carried away with our fringe programme. This is a festival that brings the arts to everyone!