Good to know
Classical music has traditions going back centuries, and there are quite a few traditions and customs concerning classical concerts. Here are some tips that we hope will prove useful to both novices and experienced concertgoers.
Arriving to Espoo Cultural Centre
- The main entrance to the Espoo Cultural Centre is on Kulttuuriaukio square
- The street address is Kulttuuriaukio 2, 02100 Espoo
- The second entrance is found by the pool that in the winter is the Ice Garden
- Obstacle-free access is through the left-hand door of the main entrance
- The Espoo Cultural Centre is easily accessible by metro and bus
- The nearest metro station is Tapiola, and the nearest bus stops are Tapiola, Heikintori and Kontiontie
- For routes and timetables, please consult the HSL route planner
- There is a taxi stand in the immediate vicinity of the Cultural Centre, at Tapionaukio.
- The nearest indoor car park is Tapiola Park
- The Kaupinkallio indoor car park and the Heikintori indoor car park are also nearby
Arriving to Sello Hall
- Sello Hall is located in the Sello shopping centre, near the library and the Juvenalia Music Institute
- The street address is Soittoniekanaukio 1 A, 02600 Espoo
- Sello Hall is easily accessible by train and bus
- The Leppävaara railway station is beside the shopping centre, as are the bus stops
- There is plenty of parking space for cars in the Sello shopping centre car park where the parking is free for five hours
When you enter through the main entrance, the Tapiola Hall cloakroom is straight ahead at the far end of the foyer. The cloakroom charge is 2 euros per person.
Concerts that start at 19.00 have an 20-minute interval.
- Café Molli on the ground floor is open before the concert and during the interval
- The foyer restaurant open during concert evenings
- You are welcome to pre-order drinks and food for the interval by phone from Café Molli: 0413172025
The programme booklet contains information on the performers and the pieces performed. For many classical music enthusiasts, programme booklets are collectibles. Printed programme booklets are free of charge.
Applauding is showing your appreciation for the orchestra. If you are completely enchanted by what you have heard, you may stand up or shout “Bravo!”. Traditionally at classical music concerts applause is reserved until the end of each work. In works consisting of several movements, such as symphonies and concertos, it is not customary to applaud between movements. If you are not sure of whether a work has finished or not, follow the lead of the rest of the audience.
Photographing the orchestra is allowed before and after the concert without flash. With #tapiolasinfonietta we can see your posts. Recording during the concert is strictly forbidden.
An increasing number of people find perfumes and other scents irritating. We encourage our customers to be considerate in this respect.
If you want to send flowers to a soloist or conductor, please deliver them to the foyer service desk before the concert, and we will forward them to the recipient.
- The main entrance to the Espoo Cultural Centre is at Kulttuuriaukio 2, 02100 Espoo
- The left-hand door of the main entrance is accessible and taxis can drive up to the main entrance
- The info desk is located in the lower foyer of the Espoo Cultural Centre, phone: 09 816 57200
- The cloakroom at the Espoo Cultural Centre is accessible and staffed
- The cloakroom charge is 2 euros per coat
- The most spacious accessible WC is located next to the Tapiola Hall cloakroom
- An obstacle-free lift to the stalls (second floor) and balcony (third floor) can be found at the back of the lower foyer
- There is a wheelchair lift from the stalls (second floor) to the mezzanine foyer
- There are wheelchair spaces in Tapiola Hall are in stalls right (second floor), at the end of row 21
- We recommend booking a wheelchair space in advance through Lippupiste
- An assistant to a disabled person is admitted free of charge
- The tickets for both the disabled person and the assistant must be collected at the same time
- Guide dogs are admitted into the auditorium with their hosts
- The Espoo Cultural Centre has one wheelchair that can be borrowed from the foyer service for the duration of a concert
- We recommend that you inquire in advance that the wheelchair is available from the foyer service by phone: 09 816 57200
- There is an induction loop in Tapiola Hall, covering rows 5 to 12 in the stalls (second floor) and parts of rows 13 to 17
- The induction loop improves your listening experience if you have a hearing aid
- If you require the induction loop, please mention this when booking your ticket
- For accessibility information on Sello Hall, please visit the Sello Hall website
- The Tapiola Sinfonietta participates in the Kaikukortti card and Culture Buddy programs
- Kaikukortti cardholders can get free tickets to the open rehearsals and Moments series concerts
- The Kaikukortti tickets are collected from a Lippupiste sales point.
- A service fee plus a delivery charge is charged for the tickets collected with Kaikukortti
- For further information, please visit Kaikukortti card page
- If going to a concert feels like an effort, you can ask for a Culture Buddy to come with you.
- Culture Buddies are volunteer assistants concerning whom you can find more information on Culture Buddy page in Finnish