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The Helsinki Early Music Festival publishes newsletters a few times a year to share news with our subscribers, such as announcing upcoming events as well as information about artists and their backgrounds. Newsletter subscribers will get a 10% discount on festival tickets during autumn 2021. The discount applies to most festival events. The newsletter that will be sent out at the beginning of the summer will contain both the discount code and information regarding where that code can be used. The code can be used until mid-September.

Pictured is singer Julla von Landsberg offering whisky at the end of the “Angels’ Share” programme. Baroque violinist Mayumi Hirasaki is in the background. The performance was part of the 2018 festival.
Photographer: Oliver Proske

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Harvest Party - safely together!

The theme of the October 2021 festival is “harvest”. Hopefully physical proximity will be possible by then, but even if it’s not, we will still be able to be close (with social distancing, of course) by enjoying the performances together. On offer will be local art and harvest delicacies. The festival’s Nordic partner orchestras have already begun planning. All done remotely, as we wait for the harvest!

Barokksolistene, a Norwegian ensemble led by Bjarte Eike, performed at the festival in 2014 in the Kapsäkki Music Theatre. Barokksolistene’s “Alehouse” programme has since been featured in numerous international festivals, which is no surprise! The performance was full of tears of laughter when dancer Steven Player’s and percussion virtuoso Helge Andreas Norbakken’s intense performance kept the audience engaged. More Nordic merriment will be on offer in October 2021.

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Great memories from previous years

The Helsinki Early Music Festival (known as the Encanto Festival from 2014-2019) brings artistic professionals from different countries together, to the delight of listeners and participants.In addition to their own performances, international guests participate in the brainstorming and execution of joint festival projects. Previous festivals have included ensembles, choirs and individual performers from over 20 different countries. From 2016 to 2019, the festival’s artistic director was Berlin-based baroque violinist Georg Kallweit, who is still involved in the new workgroup-led planning. It was clear from the beginning that we will not be on familiar footing for this festival! Spices, tastings and other surprising combinations have all been experienced alongside music making, to the joy of the audience.

Some of the multimedia programmes which have been enjoyed over the years include Joke & Alehouse 2014 (Barokksolistene/Norway), The Wonderful Gargantua 2014 (Andreas Arend & the Encanto House Band), Friends of Amarillis 2016 (Urban Strings/Berlin), Angels’ Share 2017 (Nico and the Navigators & Urban Strings/Berlin), Krich! 2017 (Bachs Erben Youth Baroque Orchestra), My dearest, my fairest - Dinner for two! 2018 (Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola & Joanna Dudley), Life and Baroque Music 2019 (Vesa Purokuru & the Encanto House Band) and Dream 2020 (FiBO & the Finnish National Theatre).

“Childrens’ toys, music and gestures grew into a mystical atmosphere… When Almarán’s bolero rang in the cowbells played in double stops, it was downright pulsating. The evening was a ritual-like love story.”
-Hannu-Ilari Lampila about the “My Dearest, My Fairest” performance / Helsingin Sanomat (05/2018)

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The festival’s contributors

Encanto Music ry is an association founded by musicians who wanted to increase international cooperation in the creation of high-quality art as well as to create an environment in which new types of art performances pushing typical boundaries could be tested. In Encanto’s philosophy, new means building onwards and upwards. It is about working together as well as breaking down different levels of humanity. The association’s most important project at the moment is the Helsinki Early Music Festival. The artistic planning team is composed of Anthony Marini, Marianna Henriksson, Lea Pekkala, Georg Kallweit and Laura Kajander.

The Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO) - New commissions for period instruments, fresh interpretations of old repertoire, courageous and innovative working methods, unique concepts that engage a diverse audience – FiBO offers all this while being an influential force in the Nordic cultural scene. The Finnish Baroque Orchestra’s artistic participation in the festival is represented by artistic director Petteri Pitko and artistic organiser Pauliina Fred.

Good cooperation and partnership is more than the sum of its parts! The festival’s main guests include numerous artists and orchestras from abroad every year. During the next few years, the festival will particularly focus on Nordic Baroque know-how and cooperation. If you want to be among the first to hear about these exciting new plans, then you should subscribe to the newsletter, especially since right now new subscribers are being offered a 10% discount on most festival events in October 2021.

"Refreshing baroque dance music - Helsinki Early Music Festival ended in wonderfully pleasurable moods."
-Fiona Chow / Hufvudstadsbladet (10/2020)

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Are you getting cabin fever, do you want to join us?

We are planning the festival optimistically, hoping that October will already be a safer time. In addition to artists and the audience, the festival team also has volunteers who are offered opportunities to interact with many different kinds of artistic personalities, including at the final party. Artistic participation is also possible, especially for those Helsinkians who live in the Kaarela area. We will share more details in the newsletter!

Cabin fever (mökkihöperö, mökkihöperyys) can mean many different things. When we are again allowed to be together, at least FiBO’s “lower strings” aren’t too worried about the disease. This picture shows the Finnish Baroque Orchestra’s lower octave musicians, i.e. viola, cello, and contrabass players. Let’s enjoy our harvest-themed festival in October 2021!
Picture: Aki Rask

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