Tampere Music Festivals

Tampere Music Festivals consists of three separate festivals: Tampere Biennale, Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening. Since 1990, the staff of Tampere Music Festivals has been in charge of organising the festivals as a part of the City of Tampere's cultural office. The festival office resides in Tampere's Old Customs House Culture Centre.

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Tampere Music Festivals

Tampere Vocal Music Festival, founded in 1975, is Tampere Music Festivals' oldest festival. It offers a rich variety of concerts, a chorus review, a contest for vocal ensembles and different kinds of workshops. Concerts are performed by choirs, ensembles and even solo vocal music artists. While the Chorus Review showcases numerous choirs from around the world, the Contest for Vocal Ensembles gives a boost to fresh new bands. The workshops offer new ideas for both Vocal Music professionals and amateurs. The biennial festival gathers two to three thousand singers to Tampere in early June.

The flagship of modern jazz, Tampere Jazz Happening, was founded in 1982. In the beginning it was organised by the jazz-club Break in conjunction with the City of Tampere's cultural board. Tampere Jazz Happening's unprejudiced and first-rate programme has turned the festival into one of Europe's most intriguing jazz happenings. The programme highlights the influence of concert, rock and ethnic music on the development of modern jazz. The concerts are held at venues around the Old Customs House square: Restaurants Klubi and Telakka and at the Old Customs House Hall. The annual festival takes place at the turn of October.

Tampere Biennale has functioned as a forum for Finnish concert music since 1986. As well as premiering new works, the programme also embraces rarely performed pieces. In addition to the Finnish composers and artists, foreign acts frequent the festival. Tampere Biennale aspires to introduce contemporary music to a wider audience. The festival is held biennially in April.

Circo Aereo & defunensemble: Concerto Planos: Hanna Kinnunen © Maarit Kytöharju

1–5 Apr 2020

Tampere Biennale

Tampere Biennale introduces the most important phenomena in Finnish contemporary music: today’s leading composers and the latest compositions. Organised biennially since 1986, the festival was born out of the need to showcase music from living Finnish composers and encourage the audience to get acquainted with new music. Over the years, Tampere Biennale has developed into one of the most prestigious contemporary music events in Finland.

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31 Oct–3 Nov 2019

Tampere Jazz Happening

Every year, the international programme of Tampere Jazz Happening gathers together top names of international jazz and pioneers of the future. Since 1982, the festival has presented Finnish high-profile musicians as well as world-famous performers both on concert stages and in intimate club settings. The four-day festival is renowned for its warm atmosphere and open-minded approach on modern jazz.

Festival website

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4–9 June 2019

Tampere Vocal Music Festival

Every other summer Tampere celebrates the diversity of the human voice at the festival of choral and ensemble singing. Since 1986 in the international atmosphere of the festival, old and new music, choir tradition and for instance beatboxing all coexist in harmony. The festival culminates in the finales of the Chorus Review and the Contest for Vocal Ensembles, where the atmosphere is palpable. In addition, workshops and free concerts draw audience interested in vocal music from around the world.

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