Espoo’s vibrant cultural scene offers plenty to choose from

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2020-10-05 9:18

Enjoy jazz music at WeeGee and Sello Hall

WeeGee is a museum, exhibition and event hub in Tapiola. It houses four museums: EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, KAMU – Espoo City Museum, the Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä and the Finnish Museum of Horology.

A new club series by WeeGee and April Jazz will liven up Friday nights in Tapiola. WeeGee offers a unique setting for the modern club series that welcomes both new and seasoned jazz lovers.

Read more about WeeGee.

Sello Hall in Leppävaara is acoustically one of the best music halls in Finland.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra plays the compositions and arrangements written and conducted by the Orchestra’s creative director and chief conductor Ed Partyka in Sellosali Fri 27 November. The guest vocalist is jazz singer Nina Mya. The audience will get to enjoy jazz standards, pop-rock favourites and Ed Partyka’s new compositions. In addition, new big band arrangements of a couple of Nina Mya’s songs will be performed for the first time at this concert.

Combining forces as a duo two household names of Finnish jazz, saxophonist Timo Lassy and drummer Teppo Mäkynen, will present their powerful music at full speed Wed 16 Dec.

Check out also Irina Björklund in Sellosali Sat 17 October, the star of the new international TV show ‘Peacemaker’, who wrote a full album of songs from her character’s perspective while shooting the series. The outcome is an energising collection of songs. The album’s release tour will also include music that can be heard in the new series.

Read more about events at Sellosali.

Contemporary dance with classical ballet techniques at Espoo Cultural Centre

The main venue for performing arts and culture is located in Tapiola.

Susanna Leinonen’sperformance TOXIC can be seen at Espoo Cultural Centre on 30 and 31 October, 1 November and from 24 to 27 November. Leinonen is one of Finland’s most internationally renowned choreographers. Leinonen’s works are known for their stunning visuality, as they combine demanding physical contemporary dance with classical ballet techniques.

Pop music fans will have a chance to attend a concert by SANNI on Saturday, 10 October. SANNI is indisputably one of the most popular and distinctive contemporary pop artists in Finland. This powerful one-of-a-kind artist has risen to fame through massively popular performances at sold-out venues across Finland.

One of this decade’s most interesting new musical phenomena, BEHM, launched her album “Draaman kaari viehättää” in September and will perform at Espoo Cultural Centre on Thursday, 10 December.

Read more about events at Espoo Cultural Centre.

Traditional Arabic music at Kannusali

Kannusali, a cultural venue in Espoon keskus, reopened in August after a renovation.

The Haneen Suomi band will perform their “Oriental Whisper” concert at Kannusali on Saturday, 11 November. Formed last year, the new band consists mainly of women with an Arabic background living in Finland and performs traditional Arabic music. At the beginning of the evening, the audience will hear Syrian professional singer Fardoos Helal and then the whole band. There will also be splendid Arabic dancing.

Kannusali is also a great place to watch films as KannuKino (Kannusali’s cinema) screens some Finnish movies with English subtitles and shows more children’s movies in original languages than before.

Or why not attend Kannusali’s stand-up evening on 13 November (in Finnish and English), featuring the English-speaking comedian Ray Zambino from Scotland and his Finnish colleagues, Aatu Raitala and Tomi Walamies. Ray’s comedy involves silly one-liners, cultural observations of a stranger in a strange land and the occasional absurd idea.

Read more about events at Kannusali.
Read more about KannuKino.

Urban Culture at Keran Hallit

One of the freshest places to enjoy urban culture is Keran Hallit, a former logistics centre, where creativity knows no bounds. Keran Hallit is the largest art hall in Finland, featuring art on both interior and exterior surfaces of the buildings.

Read more about Keran Hallit.

Autumn lights and Christmas fun for the whole family at Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora

Aurora is a space for joyful encounters, for both children and adults in Järvenperä. Families can enjoy music, lights and workshops in the middle of dark autumn during the “Kummajaiset x Robofest”” event at Aurora on Saturday, 31 October.

Also, come and enjoy Aurora’s Christmas Bazar from Saturday 12 December to Wednesday 16 December. And if you happen to be in the Saunalahti area, why not attend Aurora’s Christmas concert “Aurora Reissussa: Pikku Papun Orkesterin joulukonsertti” at Saunalahti school on Saturday, 28 November.

More information about events at Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora.

City adventure in Karakallio

The Portti mobile application takes you to explore the streets of Karakallio.

Read more about the city adventure on Karatalo’s website. (in Finnish)

Safety measures during the 2020 autumn season

Our number one priority is to ensure the well-being of the public, performers and staff at our events. We comply with the safety instructions and guidelines issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Espoo during the COVID-19 outbreak.