Town and country
This route provides a fine opportunity to enjoy various types of scenery in Finland. The tradition at Iitti Music Festival of hauling a piano to the splendid lookout point at Hiidenvuori for a watchnight concert speaks volumes for the passion of music making. Ilmajoki Music Festival in turn brings visitors to a unique opera venue on the banks of the Kyrönjoki River. These pastoral experiences then give way to a more urban cultural setting at the internationally acclaimed Kuopio Dance Festival, where the distinguished dancer-choreographer Jorma Uotinen calls the shots as Artistic Director.
Travel tip: The World Heritage Site at Verla Mill in Jaala is one of the concert venues of Iitti Music Festival.
1. Ilmajoki Music Festival Festival on map | Read more10 June 2021 - 20 June 2021
In 2020 we shall premiere Hiljaiset perivät maan (the meek shall inherit the earth), a new Finnish opera on the radical Lapua Movement of the early 1930s, composed by Jukka Linkola, with libretto and direction by Tuomas Parkkinen. Leading performers will include Ville Rusanen, Saara Kiiveri, Taneli Mäkelä, Essi Luttinen, Mari Palo and Jaakko Kortekangas. Hiljaiset perivät maan is a rousing love story set at a time of rough justice, when black wagons brought fear to the plains and the Lapua Movement shattered the village communities of Ostrobothnia. The festival programme will also include a wide range of concerts.
2. Iitti Music Festival Festival on map | Read more16 June 2021 - 19 June 2021
This chamber music event centres on the 300-year-old wooden cruciform church in the village of Iitti, about 70 miles northeast of Helsinki. The high point of the festivities will be hauling a piano to the lookout point at Hiidenvuori for a watchnight concert. The pianist Laura Mikkola has served as Artistic Director of the festival from its very foundation.
3. Kuopio Dance Festival Festival on map | Read more16 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
The largest and most versatile international dance art festival in the Nordic countries will launch its second half-century under the stewardship of a new Artistic Director, Riku Lehtopolku. Urban venues will overflow during a week of dance performances and courses, seminars, artist interviews and free events, as dance professionals, students, enthusiasts and audiences come together to make Kuopio the Capital City of Dance.
4. Seurasaari Midsummer Bonfires, Helsinki Festival on map | Read more25 June 2021
This urban celebration is a living part of Finland’s national cultural heritage. Organised in a wooded outdoor museum setting, the festival incorporates fresh and nostalgic perspectives on the Finnish Midsummer holiday.