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City of Jyväskylä


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. The Graphica Creativa printmaking festival and the international photography triennal LUMO are also held every three years.

Pedestrian street in the city centre is the city’s business centre. The street was pedestrianized in 1992. Now, more than 10 years later, people agree on the benefits of the street and are considering of extending it. During the summer, people spend their time on the pedestrian street and even during the winter, the street with no snow invites them into the shops and restaurants there.

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.

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