Press release, autumn 2015
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.
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