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Festivals in Finland

Midnight Sun Film Festival

Midnight Sun Film Festival is an annual five-day film festival in Sodankylä, Finland, held since 1986. The festival usually takes place in the second week of June. One of the main themes of the festival is to show films without a break all day and night long, while the sun keeps on shining.

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Kaustinen Folk Music Festival

Kaustinen Folk Music Festival celebrated yearly in July in Kaustinen, Finland, is the biggest folk music and dance festival in the Nordic countries. It was first celebrated in 1968.

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Seinäjoen Tangomarkkinat

The Tangomarkkinat is the world’s oldest tango festival. It is held early every July in Seinäjoki, Finland when the town is filled with around 30,000 visitors. Tango Street is at the heart of the festival where dancers and bands perform throughout the day and night. As well as competitions to find the country’s best tango singers, composers, and dancers, the festival features public dancing to live music provided by the best Finnish entertainers. Music for public dancing is not restricted to tango: it includes all the dance rhythms popular in Finland: but tango content must, according to the rules, be at least 40%.

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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival – Kuhmon Kamarimusiikki, is an international chamber music festival held every July for two weeks in Kuhmo, Finland. It is the largest chamber music festival in Finland in terms of sold tickets. The festival attracts 6000-8000 visitors annually, with 95% of them being from Finland. The number of concerts held within the two weeks is around 70. Approximately 170 artists from Finland and abroad perform at the festival. The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival also offers music courses, master classes and chamber music workshops that are taught by the festival artists.

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Ilosaarirock

The Ilosaarirock Festival is an annual rock festival held on the second weekend of July in Joensuu, Eastern Finland. Founded in 1971, Ilosaarirock is the second oldest rock festival in Finland still active, and one of the oldest in Europe.

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Pori Jazz

Pori Jazz is a large international jazz festival, held annually during the month of July in the coastal city of Pori, Finland. It is one of the oldest and best known jazz festivals in Europe.

Pori Jazz is one of the pioneering music festivals in Finland. The daring idea of organizing a festival dedicated to Jazz music was born among brave Jazz enthusiasts and musicians during the 1960’s, and the first Pori Jazz took place in July 1966. The beginnings were humble, but the festival soon started to grow bigger, year by year.

Pori is located on the West coast of Finland, about 240 km from Helsinki, 110 km from Tampere and 140 km from Turku.

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Flow Festival

Flow Festival is an urban music and arts festival in Helsinki, Finland. The music presented at Flow Festival is a varied selection of artists from indie rock to soul and jazz and from folk to contemporary club sounds – from both the Finnish and the international scene. In addition to music, Flow Festival is about urban spaces, visual arts, film screenings, talks, design as well as food and drinks. The event takes place at a defunct Suvilahti power plant and its industrial surroundings in downtown Helsinki’s immediate vicinity.

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Espoo Ciné International Film Festival

Espoo Ciné International Film Festival is an annual event held in Espoo, Finland, in August. The festival was established in 1990 and it has since grown to be one of Finland’s leading film festivals, screening about 100 feature films each year in addition to short films.

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