Jyväskylä is especially known for its rich variety of culture; museums, art exhibitions, concerts, events and theatre performances.
The festival-summer of the city begins with Jyväskylä Arts Festival, the oldest on-going cultural festival in the Nordic countries. The Alvar Aalto Symposium and Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, held at three-year intervals, bring hundreds of architects and designers from all over the world to Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is the hometown of the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto and houses several buildings designed by him. The Alvar Aalto Museum familiarises the visitor with the life and work of this great talent.