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The Jyväskylä Festival organized this year on 7-12 July is celebrating its 60th anniversary

The Jyväskylä Festival, the oldest city festival in Finland, is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. In addition to world-class bands, the festival is known for impressive performances of non-verbal theatre. The programme includes music, theatre and free street performances. This year, the festival will open with an anniversary concert featuring soprano Johanna Rusanen and the Jyväskylä Sinfonia orchestra, conducted by Ville Matvejeff.

The programme also features three performances of non-verbal theatre never before seen in Finland: by Vamos Theatre, a mask theatre company from the UK, and Trygve Walkenshaw, a comedian from New Zealand, as well as Chris Lynam, an impressionist from the UK who, according to the Times, is “in a class of his own”.

The festival tent offers a diverse range of music. Tribali, a world music band from Malta, will make their first visit to Finland. Souldiers, a local band from Jyväskylä, will make a comeback at the festival. Other performers include legendary Finnish rock band Miljoonasade and the energetic Saaga Ensemble. In addition, one of the best-known throat singing groups in the world, Huun-Huur-Tu from Russia, will perform in the festival tent. UMO and Club For Five will perform tangos by Unto Mononen and Toivo Kärki with new arrangements.

Silvery, a legendary local band from Jyväskylä, will perform on the Poppari stage, and kitch-en utensil percussionist Tatu Rönkkö will perform in Restaurant Figaro. The jazz singer Jo-hanna Iivanainen and the roots music star Ninni Poijärvi will perform at Juurikkasaaren Paviljonki, and the magnificent Waltteri Torikka in the Toivakka church. Iiro Rantala and Jukka Perko will perform their jazz concert It Takes Two to Tango! Other artists include Johanna Försti, who is often called Finland’s answer to Mahalia Jackson.

More information:
Tickets: and Lippupiste outlets: service fee EUR 1.50– 3.50 per ticket. Lippupiste outlets in Jyväskylä: Sokos (Kauppakatu 24), tel. +358 10 767 3630, R-kiosks (event 108858).

  • The oldest city festival in Finland
  • 60th anniversary • 25,000 visitors
  • 10,000 hours of pro-gramme
  • 65 groups
  • 264 performers from four countries
  • 26 venues
  • 70 volunteers
  • 30 employees
  • Four groups or performers never before seen in Finland
  • Three debut performances
  • Two comeback gigs
29.6.2015Satu Heikkinen

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