The Gergiev Festival in Mikkeliwww.mikkelinmusiikkijuhlat.fi
In the first year – 1992 – the Mikkeli Music Festival, founded by the renowned musicologist and critic Seppo Heikinheimo, was mainly a Chamber Music Festival. After it was taken over in 1993 by world-famous conductor Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Theatre from Saint Petersburg, it has turned to a big festival, featuring symphonic music and operas.
The Gergiev Festival is an annual festival and takes place at the beginning of July. The Festival is a Finland Festivals event.