Independence Day will be present and visible in restaurants all over town with the Art Goes Kapakka festival taking over bars and restaurants with free concerts.
The beloved summertime festival makes a special winter appearance to celebrate the 100th birthday of Finland. On 5 December, the eve of the big day, the city event makes it way to a long list of “kapakkas” or, local restaurants, bars, and other watering holes.
What to expect? A fabulous evening of music and other performing arts, with events running from the afternoon till late at night. All-time favourite soloists, newcomer duets, upcoming stars, and an all-around array of fun performers. Art Goes Kapakka breathes life into the city and sprinkles the many restaurants and bars with brilliant talent and artistry.
The Tour of Choirs has gained popularity through the years and become one of the biggest choir events in the country. The legendary event takes the streets with plenty of song-filled pitstops in a birthday edition featuring twenty choirs. The row of performances starts in the downtown area on Tuesday 5 December at 6 pm.
All Art Goes Kapakka events are free of entry unless otherwise stated.
10 days, 10 nights, 34 restaurants, over 300 events and 28 exhibitions! The 23rd Art goes Kapakka -festival takes place on August 17th to 26th. The program has now been released!
A few tips during Art goes Kapakka:
Art goes Kapakka brings all kinds of events to the restaurants; the festival is full of music, performance, improvisation and other performing arts. The festival starts with the legendary Tour of Choirs. Over 2260 singers gather on Senate Square to perform together. After the concert, the choirs spread out to the city to sing in the festival restaurants.
Maista (“Taste”) Art goes Kapakka introduces a world of tasty treats, current themes and sprinkling restaurant culture. Hear and taste what the contemporary Finnish cuisine has to offer (discussions in Finnish only).
Tsiigaa Art goes Kapakka brings a broad and interesting collection of visual arts to the restaurants. The theme of this year’s collection is “a treat for the eyes – with passion”.
With the help of specialists and interesting questions, new AGK Pohtii (“Thinks”) programme series insights into a variety of topics (in Finnish only).
Enjoy the Art goes Kapakka pastry at Fazer Café Kluuvikatu 3! Fazer has made a signature pastry for us – have a bite!
At 18.30 in Tenho, we’ll see Mika Kallio Satu Rinnetmäki – IMPULSION; An impulsive dialogue between a solo drummer and a dancer. At 19:30
Ukulele Orchestra Jalkanen, Julkunen & Peter plays big-hearted music with small instruments in Manala at 19.30.
In Belge, talented teenagers, Milo & Moses play swing and bebop at 20.00
Ohtoni: Karhunpeijaiskonsertti is A music performance based on a traditional celebration after a bear hunt. Dubrovnik at 21.00.
Finally, we’ll hear some rap music as a young female duo Sofa takes the stage in Zetor, and Töölön ketterä plays their mixture of grime, garage rock and rap in Why join the navy when you can be a pirate.
Hanna Maaria / Photo: Marko Voutilainen
Friday’s program starts at 18.00 as a promising new artist, Hanna Maaria, plays in Fazer Café Kluuvikatu 3.
At 19.30, Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin Goes Roots in Oficina. The performance brings an extravaganza of modern rhythm music and dance to the stage.
At 20.00, Karuna plays contemporary Nordic folk music in Kappeli.
Restaurant Carelia is filled with classical music when Jussi & Marjaana Merikanto play classical at the bar at 20.30
Also at 20.30 in Teurastamo, we’ll see a debut of two folk veterans and their band, Varsa.
Classical music tradition meets modern acoustic tones and primal beat when Nuria plays in Ølhus Oslo at 22.00.
The Final day of Art goes Kapakka begins with Tipsy Gipsy‘s spellbinding songs inspired by gipsy style and Finnish folklore at 17.30 in Cafe Piritta.
At 18.30 in William K. Kurvi, we will hear Karina‘s free and easy folk-pop about warm, nostalgic memories.
Muuan Mies offers a boisterous mix of rock, rap and reggae in Rymy-Eetu at 20.30
At 21.00 in Kulttuuritalo, you can have a pause for sounds and tales, colours and reflections from all over the globe when Teho Majamäki plays his travel-inspired music.
Last but not least, Mimie Moore gives us some hooky harmonies on top of kooky instruments in Juttutupa at 22.00.
Welcome to enjoy the next three days with Art goes Kapakka!
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