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Time of Music, Viitasaari
29 June 2020 - 5 July 2020

Information about festival

This leading annual contemporary art music event brings top-flight Finnish and international musicians and composers to the idyllic scenery of Viitasaari for a broad programme of premiere performances and other concerts. Renowned for its high standards and bold approach, Time of Music also serves as an academy of contemporary music at the glorious height of the Finnish summer.

Type of event

Contemporary Music Chamber music Classical music Courses Seminars and lectures Special programme for children Special programme for young adults Workshops Disabled access Free admission events

Contact details

Festival address Viitasaari Festival on map
Office Keskitie 10, FI-44500 Viitasaari

Festival on map


Time of Music (Musiikin aika) Festival is organized in the beginning of July every year in Viitasaari, Central Finland. Time of Music focuses on cutting-edge contemporary music, and hosts the most important composers and artists of the field yearly, gaining an international reputation as a courageous, border-breaking and innovative event. Time of Music offers summer academy courses and workshops and because of that it is an important meeting point for music professionals and students from both Finland and abroad. The festival contains not only premieres and other concerts but meetings and lectures plus presentations. And of course the unique atmosphere of the bright Finnish summer in the middle of the most beautiful lakeside!

The theme of the Time of Music 2019 edition is “The Grammar of Light”. The theme dwells on themes linked in music to light and its metaphysic and existential layers bordering on the sacred and mystic, themes that have been of importance since the beginning of resident composer and teacher Kaija Saariaho’s career. This theme is equally central to another composer sharing the main initials, Karlheinz Stockhausen who´s later production is seldom heard in Finland. During the festival, new versions of both composers’ works are presented for the first time in Finland, for example Saariaho’s Frises for solo violin and staged versions of Graal Thâtre and Study for Life by Saariaho plus Poles and Signale zur Invasion and Oktophonie by Stockhausen. According to the theme, music is joined by videos, lights, dance, acting and even virtual reality to convey the full spectrum of light from absolute darkness to the shining bright.


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