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Press release, September 2017

KUHMO CULTURE CELEBRATES WINTER FOR THE TENTH TIME

In many towns, the cultural life is quiet and bare in the very beginning of the year, but in Kuhmo we celebrate the darkest winter with colorful cultural events already for the tenth time in the Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter festival from January 1 to 7, 2018.

The program stretches from visual arts to music and dance, and the style varies from folklore to classical and modern art. Once again, the active Kuhmo organizers and artists have joined forces to build up an interesting cultural celebration.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter opens with a New Year’s Day concert on January 1 at 6 pm. Sinfonietta Lentua Orchestra, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela, and clarinettist Lauri Sallinen (www.laurisallinen.com) bring us the joy of New Year in the beautiful Lentua Hall of the Kuhmo Arts Centre.

On Tuesday, wild- and nature photographer Hannu Huttu (www.hannuhuttu.com) gives two photo-presentations at the Petola Visitor Centre by title Lots of Moose and other animals of the forests. The nature photographer’s nights begin at 3 pm and 6 pm.

On Wednesday’s Night of Dance, choreograph Jarkko Mandelin and his exclusive dance group Kinetic Orchestra visit Kuhmo Arts Centre with an impressive performance Animals (www.kineticorchestra.fi). The second part of the evening consists of a performance of young dancers’ group MyDance, choreographed by Maija Palsio.

On Friday, Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter with two events. At 5.30 pm Juminkeko features the opening of Aune Riihonen’s exhibition Sparkling Magic of Sampo, a retrospective exhibition of silk paintings, appliques and sculptures based on the Kalevala and folklore. The art exhibition is open until March 23, 2018. At 7 pm we will get a breeze of summer, when Vladimir Mendelssohn, the artistic director of the Kuhmo Chamber Music, is performing with Borea Quartet in the Kuhmo Chamber Music winter concert (www.kuhmofestival.fi).

Saturday is dedicated to another summer festival, the Ethno Music Festival Sommelo (www.sommelo.net). A Kainuu folklore group with soloists plays traditional dance music with fades of folk music at the Satuday Nigth Dance at the Kuhmo Arts Centre.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is completed on Sunday at 5 pm at the Kuhmo Arts Centre in a Light music concert, performed by Kuhmo Big Band and Kuhmo Strings with the soloist Ilkka Alanko. The orchestras are conducted by Petri Juutilainen.

The Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is organized by Juminkeko, Kuhmo Arts Centre, Ethno Music Festival Sommelo, Kuhmo Chamber Music, the City of Kuhmo, and the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola.

The tickets are already available at the Kuhmo Arts Centre and on site www.lipputoimisto.fi.
Further information on the events are available on site www.kuhmowinter.fi and at the Kuhmo Arts Centre, tel. +358 8 6155 5451.

Press release, 7.9.2016

KUHMO CULTURE CELEBRATES WINTER ONLY A FEW MONTHS FROM NOW!

Music, exhibitions, dance, nature photos, theatre and literature

Kuhmo is worth a cultural visit even in the middle of the darkest time of the year when the thermometer shows the coldest readings. Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter already for the ninth time from December 31st till January 6th 2017. Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is a joint arena for Kuhmo organizers and artists, some of them internationally-acclaimed and a showcase for some of the best Kuhmo culture: music of many kinds, theatre, exhibitions and literature.

The slogan chosen when the event was established was “The Best of Kuhmo Culture”, and this applies again this year. The people involved have various links with Kuhmo: some are now living in Kuhmo, some were born or have their roots here, and others have cultural ties with the town.


This time Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter opens already in the end of December. From Kuhmo to Kuusamo, an exhibition of photos by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen, will be opened at the Kuhmo Arts Centre on December 30. Lassi has been photographing for decades in Kuhmo, and on Tuesday January 3 he will show more of his photos at a Nature Photographer’s Night, carrying the same name as the exhibition.

On New Year’s Eve, December 31, Kuhmo dance starts celebrating the centenary of Finland's independence a little in advance in a  Night of Dance – Finland 100 Years through the eyes of children and youth. The MyDance groups are choreographed by Maija Palsio.

The New Year’s Day, January 1 at 6 pm, we will be treated to the traditional New Year’s Day concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre. This will be given by the Lentua Sinfonietta conducted by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela. The program of the concert Finland 100 Years consists of both old and new Finnish music.

Writer´s Night at 6 pm on Monday, January 2, presents writer, philosopher Heikki A. Kovalainen at the Kuhmo Library. Heikki has his roots in Kuhmo, and his first novel was widely acknowledged. This event will be in Finnish.

At 6 pm on Wednesday January 4, Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter will open an art exhibition The Kalevala of Kuhmo presenting paintings by students of Kuhmo Folk High School made under the guidance of artist and teacher Urho Kähkönen. The art exhibition is open until March 10, 2017.

Thursday January 5 at 6 pm is the time for a Kuhmo Chamber Music winter concert. Vladimir Mendelssohn, the artistic director of the Kuhmo Chamber Music, is performing with young chamber musicians.

Friday January 6 is dedicated to the Ethno Music Festival Sommelo and its winter concert Joy from long sorrow. Rajamailla Company presents lamentations of different nations through dance and music.

The aim of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is to present a wide selection of culture both to local residents and to people from further afield. It is organised by Juminkeko, the Ethno Music Festival Sommelo, Kuhmo Chamber Music, the City of Kuhmo, the Kuhmo Arts Centre and the Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola. At the same time, visitors can enjoy all the exciting winter delights on offer in the Kuhmo region.

The graphic design of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is the work of visual artist Klaus von Matt.

Further info:
www.kuhmowinter.fi
or
Sari Rusanen, Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. +358 8 652 0936
Taina Hyvönen, City of Kuhmo, tel. +358 44 7255 389
Olga Zaitseva, Juminkeko, tel. +358 40 741 9191
Sirpa Nieminen, Juminkeko, tel. +358 8 653 0671
Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Ethno Music Festival Sommelo, tel. +358 44 250 1395
Eeva Pulkkinen, Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola, tel. +358 206 39 6380
Matti-Jussi Pollari, Kuhmo Arts Centre, tel. +358 8 6155 5450

Press release, 7.9.2015

NOT LONG NOW TILL KUHMO CULTURE CELEBRATES WINTER!
Music, exhibitions, nature photos, theatre and literature

Kuhmo culture will be celebrating winter again for the eighth time on January 1–6, 2016. Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is a joint arena for Kuhmo organisers and artists, some of them internationally-acclaimed and a showcase for some of the best Kuhmo culture: music of many kinds, theatre, exhibitions, literature and even local food. At the same time, Kuhmo also celebrates real winter and all the excitement it has to offer: skiing, husky rides, swimming through a hole in the ice, and sometimes the magnificent Northern Lights. These are all part of this major cultural event.

The slogan chosen when the event was founded was “The best of Kuhmo culture”. We welcome all to come and enjoy it with us.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter opens on New Year’s Day, January 1, with an exhibition of paintings by Veikko Saarivaara organised by the Latitude 64. Leveyspiiri artists group and the City of Kuhmo, Culture. The exhibition opens at 16 and the paintings will be on display at the Kuhmo Arts Centre for the whole of January. The artist has further promised to discuss his art (in Finnish) with Philip Donner from Latitude 64. Leveyspiiri under the heading Some Words about Colours at the Kuhmo Arts Centre (Pajakka Hall) at 14 on Saturday January 2. At 18 on January 1 there will be a traditional New Year’s Day concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre, this time by the Lentua Sinfonietta under conductor Jukka-Pekka Kuusela. On the programme will be music from the ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

At 16 on Saturday January 2, there will be a shadow theatre event designed for the whole family at the Kuhmo Arts Centre. Paula Vilmi will also be holding a shadow theatre workshop called IhmeMaa (WonderLand) for anyone wishing to attend.

Sunday January 3 at 18 is the time for a Kuhmo Chamber Music winter concert of music by Beethoven, Suk and Brahms at the Kuhmo Arts Centre (Lentua Hall). The Kuhmo Chamber Music artists performing this time are Heini Kärkkäinen, piano, Siljamari Heikinheimo, violin, Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola, and Tuomas Lehto, cello. After this food for the mind at the concert on Sunday, there will be food for the body available in the form of a tapas evening at the Neljä Kaesaa next to the Kuhmo Arts Centre.

Mooses Mentula, whose origins are in Kuhmo, has written two well-received works. He will now be the Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter writer guest at a literary evening at Kuhmo Library at 18 on Monday January 4. This event will be in Finnish.

Tuesday January 5 is dedicated to the popular nature presentations at the Petola Visitor Centre. Talking about a nature photographer’s year – again in Finnish – at 15 and 18 will be the young photographer Ville Heikkinen.

At 16 on Wednesday January 6, Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter will open a new exhibition of photos by Pekka Agarth and Teijo Määttänen on a Karelian theme at Juminkeko. This exhibition will be open at the Juminkeko gallery until March 4.

On the same evening, at the Kuhmo Arts Centre at 18, the Sommelo Folk Music Festival will be putting on its winter concert, this time by Estonian Mari Kalkun & ensemble. Expectations of this concert run high after their brief appearance at Sommelo this summer.

The aim of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is to present a wide selection of culture both to local residents and to people from further afield. It is organised by Juminkeko, the Sommelo Folk Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music, the City of Kuhmo, the Kuhmo Arts Centre and the Petola Nature Centre. At the same time, visitors can enjoy all the exciting winter delights on offer in the Kuhmo region.

The graphic design of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is the work of Klaus von Matt.

Further info:
www.kuhmowinter.fi
or
Sari Rusanen, Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. +358 8 652 0936
Taina Hyvönen, City of Kuhmo, tel. +358 44 7255 389
Sirpa Nieminen, Juminkeko, tel. +358 8 653 0671
Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Sommelo Folk Music Festival, tel. +358 44 250 1395
Eeva Pulkkinen, Petola Visitor Centre, tel. +358 205 64 6380
Matti-Jussi Pollari, Kuhmo Arts Centre, tel. +358 8 6155 5450

Press release, June 17, 2014

KUHMO THINKS ABOUT WINTER EVEN IN HIGH SUMMER!
Music, exhibitions, nature photos, dance, theatre and literature

The Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter will be held for the seventh time on January 1–6, 2015.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter, to be held for the seventh time from January 1 to 6, 2015, is a joint arena for Kuhmo organisers and artists, some of them internationally-acclaimed. It is a showcase for some of the best Kuhmo culture: music of many kinds, dance, theatre, exhibitions, films and local food.

The slogan chosen when the event was established was “The Best of Kuhmo Culture”, and this applies again this year. The people involved have various links with Kuhmo: some are now living in Kuhmo, some were born or have their roots here, and others have cultural ties with the town.

The week begins at the Kuhmo Arts Centre on New Year’s Day, January 1, with an art exhibition of work by Liisa Linkola entitled My Colour Diary. The exhibition is organised by the Latitude 64 group of Kuhmo artists in partnership with the City of Kuhmo. The exhibition will open at 16.00 and the works will be on display at the Kuhmo Arts Centre throughout January. Liisa Linkola will also be interviewed by Philip Donner, a member of the Latitude 64 group, about her art at the Pajakka Hall of the Kuhmo Arts Centre at 15.00 on Tuesday, January 6.

At 18.00 on January 1, we will be treated to the traditional New Year’s Day concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre. This will be given by the Lentua Sinfonietta conducted by Jukka-Pekka Kuusela.

Friday January 2 is dedicated to nature. An exhibition, How are Nature Guidebooks born?, by non-fiction writer Jouni Laaksonen will open at 13.00 at Kuhmo Library. At 15.00 and 18.00 on the same day, Jouni Laaksonen will talk on the same topic at the Petola Visitor Centre.

Dance is also an item on the programme for Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter. Naturally this will involve Kuhmo dance, choreographed by Ritva Kuha and Maija Palsio, but also a Rimpparemmi choreography Yolo – you only live once by Sampo Kerola. The organiser of this is the City of Kuhmo.

At 16.00 on Sunday January 4 Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter features the opening of a new art exhibition The Artists’ Kalevala in Russia at Juminkeko. As always at Juminkeko, the fundamental theme is the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, and its spirit. This time the artistic views are those of artists from Russia – three of them Petrozavodsk, three from St. Petersburg and one from Moscow. Igor Baranov, Natalia Egorova, Antonina Yufa, Aleksandr Novoselov, Sergei Terentyev, Tatyana Tshursinova and Irina Zatulovskaya have interpreted The Kalevala in painting, video and textiles.

On the same evening, at 18.00 on Sunday January 4, Kuhmo Chamber Music will be giving its winter concert at the Lentua Hall of the Kuhmo Arts Centre. On the programme will be works by Villa-Lobos, Bruch, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Glinka, performed this time by Kuhmo Chamber Music artists Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola, Michel Lethiec, clarinet, and Andrea Rucli, piano. After the concert, there will be an excellent chance to complement food for the soul with food for the body at a sumptuous tapas evening at the Neljä Kaesaa right next to the Kuhmo Arts Centre.

A dramatized portrait – both fact and fiction – of Annikki Kariniemi, a writer from Lapland, will be presented (in Finnish) at the Kuhmo Arts Centre at 14.00 on Monday January 5. This monologue, The Red Snows of Lapland, by Rosa Liksom will be performed by Topi Mikkola and Dr Marja L. Tuominen will talk about Kariniemi the writer.

At 18.00 on the same evening, January 5, a concert of archaic music will be held at the Hotel Kalevala. The artistic content of this programme will be in the safe hands of Taito Hoffrén. Food will again be available after this concert, this time a Kainuu–international supper at the same Hotel.

January 6 is Twelfth Night and at 15.00 Liisa Linkola the artist will talk about her exhibition at an event organised by the Latitude 64 group of artists. In the evening, the Kuhmo Korpi Raikaa association will be hosting a concert of light music devoted to gems from the Finnish rock lyric repertoire.

The aim of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is to present a wide selection of culture both to local residents and to people from further away. It is organised by Juminkeko, the Sommelo Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the City of Kuhmo, the Kuhmo Arts Centre and the Petola Nature Centre.

The graphic design is the work of Klaus von Matt.

Further info:
www.kuhmowinter.fi
or
Sari Rusanen, Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. 08 652 0936
Taina Hyvönen, City of Kuhmo, tel. 044 725 5389
Sirpa Nieminen, Juminkeko, tel. 08 653 0671
Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Sommelo Music Festival, tel. 044 250 1395
Eeva Pulkkinen, Petola Nature Centre, tel. 0205 64 6380
Matti-Jussi Pollari, Kuhmo Arts Centre, tel. 08 6155 5450

Press release, September 4, 2013

KUHMO CULTURE CELEBRATES WINTER ONLY A FEW MONTHS FROM NOW!
Music, exhibitions, nature photos, dance, theatre and cinema

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter, to be held for the sixth time from January 1 to 6, 2014, is a joint arena for Kuhmo organisers and artists, some of them internationally-acclaimed. It is a showcase for some of the best Kuhmo culture: music of many kinds, dance, theatre, exhibitions, films and local food.

The slogan adopted when the event was founded was “The best of Kuhmo culture”, and this applies again this time. The links between Kuhmo and the various events are many: present-day Kuhmo residents, former residents or people whose family roots are here, and people whose involvement in Kuhmo culture has, over the years, led them to bond with the town.

Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter will officially open on New Year’s Day, January 1, with an exhibition Towards the light of paintings by Urho Kähkönen. The artist says of his exhibition: “When I was studying film and video, light was very important in creating pictures. On location, the lighting technician is, together with the director and photographer, the backbone of the production. So it is no coincidence that light has become such a major element of my paintings. Light creates the form, colour and rhythm. Light is vital for living and seeing. For this reason, it is also a symbol of faith, divine providence and reason in cultures the world over. The Towards the light exhibition opens after the feast of light, i.e. Christmas, at the darkest time of the year, the Kuhmo winter. My works are acrylic paintings and installations.”

At 18.00 on January 1, we can also enjoy a traditional New Year’s Day concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre.

On Thursday January 2 we focus on a special representative of the local Kuhmo fauna, the forest reindeer. When published in 1974, the book Suomen peura by Martti Montonen was an extremely pressing plea for the reintroduction of this animal. Illustrations from the book will be shown at an exhibition at Kuhmo Library to be opened at 14.00 on January 2. At 18.00 on the same day there will be a nature photo evening in the Petola auditorium. Entitled On the tracks of the Finnish forest reindeer, it will be devoted to photos of Kuhmo nature taken by Ulla Poukkanen.

The literary Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter guest on Friday January 3 is Riikka Pulkkinen, who has strong family roots in Kuhmo. Her works to date have won a wide readership and have also been published abroad. The Meet the Writer session with Riikka Pulkkinen will be at Kuhmo Library, beginning at 18.00.

On Saturday January 4 a new art exhibition will open at Juminkeko at 16.00. It has two themes: The Kalevala around the world – 100 artists, and Dutch artist Miranda Vissers. As always at Juminkeko, the underlying theme will be The Kalevala and the Kalevala spirit.

On the same evening, at 18.00 on Saturday January 4, Kuhmo Chamber Music will be giving its winter concert in the Lentua Hall of the Kuhmo Arts Centre, in a programme of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Representing the Kuhmo Chamber Music artists will this time be Kaisa Kortelainen, flute, Minna Pensola, violin, Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola and Martti Rousi, cello.

Sunday January 5 will be dance day, beginning at 15.00 in the Lentua Hall of the Kuhmo Arts Centre. The dance theatre performance MOMO will be produced by Routa to choreography by Sonja Pakalen.

Twelfth Night, January 5 continues at the Kalevala Hotel at 19.00, with Viena Rhapsody – songs and stories. Performing these will be Maari Kallberg and her team, and the producer is the Sommelo Folk Music Festival.

Once again, the local Pajakkakino cinema is taking part in Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter, with a documentary about Kuhmo to be shown at 15.00 on Monday January 6.

Kuhmo cuisine will carry greater weight than ever at Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter 2014. While waiting for the concert to begin at the Kuhmo Arts Centre on January 1, concert-goers can sample regional fare at the Juttua Café from 16.00 to 17.30. There will be another chance for this at the Kainuu-international tapas evening organised by the Kalevala Hotel from 20.00 onwards on Sunday January 5.

The aim of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is to present a wide selection of culture both to local residents and to people from further afield. It is organised by Juminkeko, the Sommelo Folk Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music, the City of Kuhmo, the Kuhmo Arts Centre, the Petola Nature Centre, the Pajakkakino cinema and – responsible for the local fare – the Kalevala Hotel and the Juttua Café.

The graphic design of Kuhmo Culture Celebrates Winter is the work of Klaus von Matt.

Further info:
www.kuhmowinter.fi
or
Sari Rusanen, Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. 08 652 0936
Taina Hyvönen, City of Kuhmo, tel. 044 7255 389
Sirpa Nieminen, Juminkeko, tel. 08 653 0671
Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Sommelo Folk Music Festival, tel. 044 250 1395
Eeva Pulkkinen, Petola Nature Centre, tel. 0205 64 6380
Matti-Jussi Pollari, Kuhmo Arts Centre, tel. 08 6155 5450