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 23 July to 30 July 2016 at various locations in the landscapes of Lake Tuusula which is only half an hour’s drive north from Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The programme for year 2016 festival can be found here.
Photos by Maarit Kytöharju / Our Festival