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Madama Butterfly

Puccini wrote some of his most achingly compelling music into this story of a young girl’s love and disillusionment. This new, stylish production has a genuine Japanese touch. Love, longing and tears are what we know to expect, but this production will also include music not usually heard. Puccini revised Madama Butterfly several times after its unsuccessful premiere, and the version performed in this production is no. 2 – for the first time at the FNOB.

Villa Concerto

Villa Concerto is a modern, 5-star luxury villa. High-level, well-equipped villa offers a lot of space (365 m²), light, 2 saunas, 3 kitchens, terraces, free Wi-Fi and a peaceful location in nature. No matter if you're here for a business meeting or spending a relaxed weekend with friends, Villa Concerto is able to offer a unique holiday for you – suitable for groups up to 14 persons. There is a beautiful forest lake only a 5-minute walk from the villa. You can swim, fish, pick berries or walk on trails. You can even hear and try Finland's national instrument, kantele, with us. National park only 30 minutes from the villa.

The Many Sides of Measha

Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman is a uniquely multi-talented singer equally at home with opera, gospel, and jazz. She has appeared with ensembles from the Berlin Philharmonic to jazz bands and sang everything from Richard Strauss to Joni Mitchell. Her largest audience was at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010. Measha Brueggergosman with the Orchestra and Chorus of the FNO conducted by Nick Davies promises an unforgettable evening!

Kuhmo Chamber Music

The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival runs in July. During the festival, Kuhmo will become a truly Global Village, with over 70 concerts performed by 150 international artists.

Sibelius Finland Experience

An authentic and entertaining 1-hour cultural experience. Quality live music performances of Sibelius’s compositions – Finlandia, Spruce, Romance, Rondino and Valse Triste – with great talent on the violin and grand piano. Curated visual show with illustrations of Finnish nature on screen. Guests will receive a Sibelius Finland Experience gift CD and booklet especially designed and produced for the occasion. The experience includes a non-alcoholic festive drink with flavours from Finland served and enjoyed with the musicians.

Meidän Festivaali – Our Festival

The landscapes of Lake Tuusula near Helsinki form the crucible of the Finnish cultural world. Pekka Kuusisto is a well-known violinist, whose award-winning Our Festival seeks new perspectives on musical encounters and concert practices, with an emphasis on giving the audience an experience that cannot be found elsewhere. Our Festival takes place in July at various locations in the landscapes of Lake Tuusula, only half an hour’s drive north of Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The programme will be announced later in the spring.

Music Afternoon in Helsinki: City Walk and Sibelius Finland Experience

A Helsinki activity for music lovers! First Sibelius Finland Experience concert in national hall, followed by a three hour guided city walk with a music program showing you the main sights of Helsinki. Enjoy music samples and listen to interesting stories, not only about the places you see but also about the music you hear.

Chamber Music at Stundars Hemmer's House

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening with a chamber music concert at Stundars Open Air Museum in Hemmer's House, 15 km from Vaasa city. This house is the childhood home of the Finnish author Jarl Hemmer (1893-1944) and is nowadays a restaurant and a museum with books and furniture donated by the Hemmer family. Before the concert, it is possible to participate in an excursion around the Stundars museum village and after the concert, you can enjoy dinner at Restaurant Hemmer.

SATOA Goes Wild, Kuopio Food Festival

SATOA Goes Wild is an international food festival, where restaurants offer authentic cuisine of North Savo with a twist of wilderness. SATOA goes Wild is an event where a map guides you through the tasty streets of Kuopio. You'll get locally produced wild food spiced up with local arts.

Seinäjoki Tango Festival

Welcome to the annual Tango Festival in Seinäjoki; dancing on the Tango Street with hundreds and hundreds of other lovers of tango, enjoying high-class dance performances, impressive music shows and the atmosphere of the long midsummer nights… a place like nowhere else! The package includes private accommodation, a one-week ticket to the festival and entry to a number of dance events.

Helsinki Street Run

Helsinki Street Run is a road race taking place the same day as the biggest marathon in Finland, the Helsinki City Marathon. The Street Run is 17 km long and joins the marathon route – the route is the same as the marathon's second lap. The Street Runners get to enjoy the same services before, during and after the race as the marathon runners, but only need to cover less than half of the distance! That's a great deal, don't you think? Join the fun and bring your friends!

SATOA Kuopio Food Festival

SATOA Kuopio Food Festival celebrates the traditional harvest season and local tastes. All restaurant's set up their kitchens on the street to offer small tasty dishes within a price range of 3-6 euros. The venue is a unique opportunity for the chef's and customers to come together and celebrate good food. In addition to the delicacies, there will be performances by street musicians and artists in the festival area. The festival has no entry fee. Welcome to SATOA!

Sleepyhead Festival in Naantali

The unique Sleepyhead Festival is the jolliest festival of the year for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy shopping at the Sleepyhead Market and a variety of other events. Festivities begin on 26th July at Naantali Ice Rink where the Sleepyhead cheese and wine festival takes place. On 27th July, Sleepyhead day, the Official Sleepyhead of the Year is thrown into the sea at 7 am sharp. The fun lasts from dawn till dusk all over town. This is a must-experience in Naantali!

Chamber Music, Cultural Heritage and Wildlife – Welcome to Kuhmo!

In the summertime, Kuhmo radiates a harmony of culture and nature. Chamber music fills the air from morning to late at night, Juminkeko reflects the Finnish national epic and heritage both yesterday and today, while bears and other carnivores of the forest await visitors at the Petola Visitor Centre. The silent forests, the beautiful scenery and thrilling visits prime your senses for exquisite enjoyment.

Helsinki City Marathon

Helsinki City Marathon is the biggest marathon in Finland with over 3500 runners from 63 countries (2016). The marathon is organized in August every year, for the 37th time in 2017. Finland is one of the few countries where you can run a marathon during the summer months. Our climate is perfect for it – the average temperature is around 18–20 degrees Celcius. The marathon route is scenic yet urban, reaching the very heart of the city. HCM receives excellent feedback from runners every year. Come and enjoy the clean air and blue skies of Finland!

Helsinki City Run Half Marathon

Helsinki City Run is the biggest running event in Finland with over 12 000 participants (2016). Helsinki City Run (HCR) takes place mid-May every year. The route combines city, sea-view, forests and parks and is an excellent way to see Helsinki and its most beautiful parts. There are 10 start groups, so you can join runners going your preferred pace. HCR hosts the best services for runners in Finland. We invite you and your friends for a great and active time in Helsinki!

Turku Music Festival

Explore the Turku Music Festival, one of the oldest music festivals in Finland! The versatile city festival provides top class music for a wide range of tastes, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz and concerts for children. Since its foundation in 1960, the annual festival has provided high quality events every August. Each year the festival gathers leading Finnish and international artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Rolando Villazón, Donna Leon, Seoul Philharmonic and Elīna Garanča.

Classical Music and Quality Accommodation in Luosto

Come stay for the night and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and landscape of Luosto during the LuostoClassic event. Packages to two hotels and three concerts are available. There are bus connections to Luosto from the Rovaniemi airport as well as from Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi railway stations.

Remote Helsinki

Remote Helsinki is a mixture of performance, excursion, computer game and quest. These 100 minutes will change your perception of Helsinki. Remote Helsinki is intended for 50 people who will walk along a carefully selected route wearing headphones and guided by an Artificial Intelligence. They will take part in an exciting performance/excursion, with streets, shops, the metro and much more supporting the theatrics. Remote Helsinki is a performance beginning in the ground and ending in the sky.

Avanti!'s Summer Sounds Festival

Avanti!’s music festival Summer Sounds has been held since 1986 in Porvoo and Pernaja. Each year it focuses on an international guest composer, thus forging a living link with contemporary music and claiming an established place among Finland’s unique summer festivals.