Our Festival (in Finnish: Meidän Festivaali) is renowned for its fresh approach to the arts and its crossover events. Bold, open-minded and socially aware it was first held in 1997 as Chamber Music by Lake Tuusula and is now an annual event. The shores of Lake Tuusula provide the backdrop for a unique journey into Finland’s rich cultural history. For it is here that Jean Sibelius, Pekka Halonen and other artists once made their homes. The event was renamed Our Festival in 2010. Under its Artistic Director Pekka Kuusisto, it seeks new perspectives on musical encounters and concert practices, with a view to giving the audience an experience that is simply not available elsewhere. Combining a unique group of musicians, designers and artists from Finland and abroad, the festival is a celebration of creativity and communication in the arts. Our Festival has been recognized with awards such as the accolade of Festival of the Year in 2011 by Finland Festivals and Finland’s State Prize for Music in year 2013. Our Festival is organised by the Järvenpää Sibelius Society.
“Our Festival is gentle. It lives in these beautiful little places, in living rooms, on lakes, in forests, and wants to whisper some exciting things into your ears. We’ll be sharing a secret. Our Festival wants to invent new flexible forms for concerts, where the message is more important than dress codes or good behaviour.”
– Pekka Kuusisto
Our Festival takes place this year from 22 July to 28 July 2018 at various locations in the landscapes of Lake Tuusula which is only half an hour’s drive north from Finland’s capital, Helsinki. This year’s theme is SOUL and programme for year 2018 festival can be found here.
Kamus String Quartet has been appointed as the next Artistic Director of Meidän Festivaali / Our Festival. Kamus’ first festival will be in 2019.
Kamus String Quartet has been appointed as the next Artistic Director of Meidän Festivaali (Our Festival). Kamus’ first festival will be in 2019. The position of Artistic Director at Our Festival has been one of Pekka Kuusisto’s sources of joy for more than a decade. It has given him the precious opportunity to meet and collaborate with all kinds of sweethearts while watching sparks fly from their limbs, brains and hearts. Pekka Kuusisto is delighted to hand over the position of Artistic Director at Our Festival to Kamus String Quartet, after working himself with the festival 20 years in a row. Kamus is one of the most prominent Nordic ensembles and continues to delight audiences with a strong and distinctive voice.
Photos by Maarit Kytöharju / Our Festival