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.
Festival Musical de Namur: Kreeta-Maria Kentala & Matias Häkkinen
Violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala and harpsichordist Matias Häkkinen, who is also active in the baroque orchestra Ensemble Nylandia, will perform as part of the Festival Musical de Namur on 8 July. Their joint concert brings a remarkable fusion of baroque and folk music from Kaustinen. Kentala who hails from Kaustinen, has garnered acclaim with her album Side by Side, in which she naturally combines Bach sonatas with folk music. Häkkinen is a versatile musician with a masterful command of a wide variety of musical styles ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.
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.