Baltic Tour: Les Agrémens & Ensemble Nylandia
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, together with the Finnish baroque orchestra, Ensemble Nylandia, CAV & MA (Centre d’Art Vocal et de Musique Ancienne) and the festival umbrella organisation, Festivals de Wallonie, is supporting a concert series called Baltic Tour. There will be four concerts between July and September 2018 at festivals that are part of the Festivals de Wallonie platform across the francophone region of Belgium. Les Agrémens, the ensemble directed by the well-known Belgian composer Guy Van Waas will be joined by three soloists from Ensemble Nylandia to add some Finnish flavour: Anni Elonen (violin), Riittaliissa Hakulinen (viola) and Tatu Ahola (cello).
MUSIQ’3 Festival: Nordic Vibes
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall is widely acclaimed for its acoustics. Appearing in the brand new concert hall on 27 April 2018, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius’ Kullervo, which premiered in 1892. The five-part work walks through the myth of the tragic life and death of Kullervo, a familiar figure from the Kalevala.
Beursschouwburg: The Aalto Natives
The video component of Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen’s fascinating work The Aalto Natives, which Finland presented at the Venice Biennale in its centenary year, will be presented at Arts Centre Beursschouwburg in the heart of Brussels. The video installation tells the story of Finland’s history and cultural origins by way of absurdist satire while reflecting on prevailing power structures and questions of morality.
Eyes Wild Open
For the first time in the world, Eyes Wild Open photography exhibition will make 70 years of photography converse in a unique scenography, mixing rare vintages, new works, projections, texts and rare books of almost 30 photographers from 17 nationalities, including Finnish artist Arja Hyytiäinen, in the prestigious art center of the Museum of Botanique.