Festivals

ÄLÄ POISTA


April Jazz

25. - 29.4.2018,, Espoo
April Jazz is an annual jazz music festival held in Tapiola, Espoo, at the end of April. It has been held annually since 1987. As the biggest jazz festival in the Helsinki metropolitan area is has brought to Finland many top-noch jazzartists around the globe, such as Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek and Nina Simone. Espoo Big Band Association works as the host and organizer for the April Jazz festival. 

 


Baltic Jazz

6.-8.7.2018, Taalintehdas

The Baltic Jazz festival is one of the summer's highlights in the archipelago of Turku, Finland. It all started in 1987 when a few jazz music enthusiasts in the small village Dalsbruk (fin. Taalintehdas) arranged a small local festival. By the late 1990s the festival had grown to be one of the biggest jazz festivals in Finland. It takes place two weeks after midsummer, usually the second weekend in July.

 

 

 


Elojazz

1. - 5.8.2018, Oulu

Jazz and pop music festival Elojazz takes place in August in the city of Oulu. The program of Elojazz has traditionally been high-level and versatile; the festival has offered music from jazz and swing to soul and funk to fans of African-American musical genres. Elojazz works as a part of the network of Oulu August Festival and has thus spread around Oulu during the festival. 


Jazz by the Sea 

Kotka

Jazz by the Sea is a 3-day jazz event organized in Kotka, at the back yard of restaurant Kairo annually since 1996. During the years of its existence it has brought several high-class jazz artists from taleted vocalists to big bands to perform in summery Kotka. Jazz by the Sea is organized by the active local association Kotka Jazz, that coordinates many other jazz activities in Kotka as well.


Jazz-Espa

30.7. - 4.8.2018, Helsinki

The Finnish Jazz Federation produces an annual Jazz-Espa concert series in Helsinki. It takes place at the Espa stage in the heart of the city, featuring first rate Finnish jazz bands every day from Monday to Saturday from the 24th of July to August the 4th. On Sunday, 4 August, the jazzy fortnight ends to a mini-festival JazzJatkot at the Espa Stage and Kappeli Terrace.

 


 

JazzKukko

26. - 29.7.2018, Laitila

Jazzkukko Festival is a new jazz and pop festival, which was gestated when the internationally known jazz guitarist Kari Antila was selected as the Laitila Kukko of the Year in 2014. The Laitila-native acts as the artistic director of the festival. The festival is launched in 2015.

Behind Jazzkukko, aiming to enrich local cultural life, lies association Jazzkukko ry, which was started in August 2014.

In addition to the organisation of an artistically ambitious, diverse music festival, this non-profit association has plans for supporting and producing jazz and pop music concerts and education activities in the Laitila area jointly with the festival and possibly throughout the year.


Kaamosjazz

22.-25.11.2018, Tankavaara and Saariselkä

Kaamosjazz is the northernmost jazz festival in the European Union and one of the oldest in Finland. Jazz was first played on the fells of Finnish Lapland at Tankavaara in 1981, in a club-like and atmospheric milieu and over the years the festival has grown and developed, thanks to a keen band of volunteers. Nevertheless, the biggest credit goes to Kauko Launonen, the Grand Old Man of Kaamosjazz, who untiringly masterminded the festival for three whole decades. In 2011, the responsibility passed from the Kaamosjazz Association to Northern Lapland Tourism Ltd., which continues to write the festival’s history in collaboration with businesses in the Saariselkä region, all in the spirit of good and genuine jazz. 

Kalkkiranta Jazz

 Sipoo

In 2016, Sipoo’s Kalkkiranta Jazz featured Jukka Eskola Soul Trio,Anni Elif & Harpalyke and JPP & Panu Savolainen. The festival took place in the factory area of Nordkalk on Saturday 13 August.

Panu Savolainen acts as the artistic director of Kalkkiranta Jazz Festival after pianist Iiro Rantala’s leaving the post after twenty years of directorship. In previous years, the festival has featured such artists as Trio Töykeät, Jukka Perko, Tuomo, Vieno Kekkonen, Felix Zenger, Lasse Mårtensson and Emma Salokoski. The festival is organised by Musiikkia Sipoossa ry.

The festival will not be organised in 2017.


Kalottjazz & Blues

29.6. - 30.6.2018, Tornio ja Haaparanta

Kalottjazz & Blues Festival is the largest jazz celebration in the far north and this truly international event takes place in Tornio and Haparanda where Finnish and Swedish cultures quite literally come together. The festival will invigorate these twin border towns for four days and nights of jazz and blues, with artists from around the globe performing in concert halls, in a jazz marquee, in town squares and in clubs. 

 

 

 

 


Keitelejazz

28.6.-1.7.2018, Äänekoski

 

Keitele Jazz returns after one year break!
Keitele Jazz is a high-class jazz music event held every year in the end of July in Äänekoski, Eastern Finland. Keitele Jazz has been organized annually since 1985 and it is known from it's intimate atmosphere. This cosy four-day festival brings together Finnish and Nordic jazz music and the internationally acclaimed top players of jazz without forgetting the rock and blues aficionados. Keitelejazz is organized by the local association Äänekoski Jazz.

 

 

 


Kerava Jazz

25. - 27.5.2018, Kerava

Kerava Jazz is an international jazz music festival held annually in the beginning of summer. Kerava Jazz is a high-class jazz event and as the bone of its program works improvisation, spirituality and cross-artistic works. Besides the avantgardistic and national projects the festival offers also various kinds of rhythm music and children's music.

The festival presents both international and national top-notch jazz artists. The concerts are held in i.a. Kerava Hall, Kerava Church, Aurinkomäki and other venues if required.

Kerava Jazz Festival is organized by Kerava Jazz Association with the help of the financial support of the city of Kerava. 


Korpo Sea Jazz

25. - 29.7.2018, Korppoo

Launched in 1990, Korpo Sea Jazz Festival is known for its warm atmosphere, high artistic level  and emphasis on fresh Finnish jazz.

Organised in the archipelago of Turku, the festival delivers over 20 jazz shows and jam sessions around the Archipelago Sea, including such spots as Korppoo, Nauvo and Utö. Concerts take place on both outdoor venues and local restaurants. 

 


Lahden jazztori

September, Lahti

Lahden Jazztori is a 1-week jazz event organized in Lahti every year in August since 1989 by the Lahti Big Band. One of the most important jazz festivals in Finland, it has become known for versatile and high-quality guests, smooth organisation and customer-friendly services. 

 In 2017, Lahden Jazztori undergoes a facelift, which sees it spread around the city of Lahti rather than taking place at one big venue. 

 


Linnajazz

12. - 15.7.2018, Hämeenlinna

The 4-day Linnajazz Festival is a jazz and pop music festival for the whole family organized in Hämeenlinna since 1991 by the Hämeenlinnan Soitannollinen Kerho (the Music Club of Hämeenlinna). The festival presents some of the most current performers of jazz, soul, blues and show music. Besides the concerts, the annual, very popular jazz cruises on Vanaja Lake are an essential part of Linnajazz.
 


Pori Jazz Festival

14. - 22.7.2018, Pori

 Pori Jazz is the pioneer of the Finnish festival summer. The daring idea of organizing a jazz festival was born among a number of jazz enthusiasts and musicians in 1960's, and the first Pori Jazz was held in July 1966. This was the beginning to Pori Jazz Festivals and also to the Finnish festival summer. From the very small start the festival and audiences have grown year by year.

The first festival was builta around acoustic jazz but little by little electric jazz and other related genres such as blues, soul, funk, hip-hop and the rich Cuban and Brazilian music took foot.

Now Pori Jazz offers a broad contingent of the world's leading artists ranging from long-established figures to up-and-coming stars. Pori Jazz has managed to keep in the lead among international festivals for already 50 years. The festival atmosphere in particular, created by the music, people, fine services and unique milieu, is second to none. The big open-air concerts are held at the beautiful concert park Kirjurinluoto Arena, while high-standard free concerts take place in the city centre.

At the moment Pori Jazz Festival is one of the best-known and most popular summer events in Finland with about 120.000-160.000 visitors every year. It is also the biggest summer event in Finland. Due to the atmosphere, high-quality line-up and program policy the majority of the visitors return to Pori every year. 

Pori Jazz is the spiritual leader of its field. The purpose of the festival is to support and promote jazz music and broaden the interest of jazz. The mission is to produce an artistically ambitious music festival and to create a unique experience for its audience, artists and voluntary workers.

The festival is arranged annually in July by the non-profit association Pori Jazz (Pori Jazz 66 association). About 70 per cent of the program is admission free. 

Porvoo Jazz Festival

 Porvoo

The fifth annual Porvoo Jazz Festival takes place in the heart of the picturesque Porvoo city. It sees Finnish and international artists perform at Culture House Grand, The Art Factory Taidetehdas and on the old stages of the historical WSOY House.

 

 


Puistoblues (Lakeside Blues Festival)

27.–31.6.2018, Järvenpää

 

Founded in 1978 to serve local music lovers, the PuistoBlues festival in Järvenpää has over the years grown to be the leading blues festival in Europe and one of the most important musical events in Finland. Performers of the main concert during the past 40  years have included many of the biggest blues stars in the world, from B.B. King to John Lee Hooker. In addition to the first-class main concert, Puistoblues offers free concerts on the Blues Street, kids' events and a wide range of club activities all along the five-day blues week. Children under the age of 13 have free admission to the main concert when accompanied by parents. The whole event is based on a community effort of nearly 600 volunteer workers. With some 120 000 visitors, Puistoblues is the fourth largest musical event in Finland (Finland Festivals). 


Raahen Rantajatsit

26. - 28.7.2018,, Raahe

Raahen Rantajatsit - Jazz on the Beach is an annual music festival whose mission is to promote jazz in the city of Raahe, located in the north of Finland, and to organise jazz concerts around the year in local clubs. Held since 1989. Raahen Rantajatsit takes place at the last weekend of July in the seaside of Raahe. The festival is organised by the association Rajatsi.

 

 


Ruskaswing

Kemijärvi and Pyhätunturi

Ruska Swing is one of the few Scandinavian jazz festivals that focusses mainly on the traditional swing-jazz. However, other styles of jazz and related genres are also represented to an extent.

Ruska Swing is located in the Lapland area. The main part of the festival takes place in Pyhätunturi National Park in the municipality of Pelkosenniemi but also the birthplace of the event, Kemijärvi (the northern-most town of Finland), hosts many concerts.

Ruska Swing was founded in 1989 by journalist Pekka Lintula. Since then the artistic director of the festival has been Antti Sarpila, an internationally recognised saxophonist and clarinettist. Although based in Helsinki, he performs extensively as a solo artist all over the world. 

Ruska Swing takes place at the second weekend of the September. As the first nighttime frost of the autumn sets in and the days get shorter, the vegetation starts preparations for the coming winter. The leaves change colour from green into vibrant shades of golden yellow and glowing crimson to crown the season of natural colour and splendour called ruska. Ruska Swing boasts a wide variety of concerts and concert venues. The strengths of the festival are in its unique natural setting, high-quality jazz music and the indescribable atmosphere. 

The festival will not be organised in 2017.


Salo Jazzfestival

28. - 29.9. 2018, Salo

Salo Jazzfestival has been held since 2012. This cosy, low-threshold happening fulfils the street scene of Salo with top-class jazz music at the end of October. Tradition-rich and homey venues offer an intimate setting for the event, so that it is no suprise that Salo Jazzfestival appeals to a wide range of audience. High-grade programme makes Salo Jazzfestival an alluring choice for visitors from all over Finland.

A major force behind the festival is the SaloJazz Society, which also organises year-round jazz concert activities and education in Salo and Salo region.

 


Tampere Jazz Happening

1. - 4.11.2018, Tampere

The international program of Tampere Jazz Happening rounds up every year the hottest names of modern jazz and the vanguards of the future jazz music. This 4-day event has been organized since 1982 and it is known for it's warm atmosphere and unprejudiced touch to modern jazz. The festival offers high-class national and international performers on both big concert stages and intimate club concerts.

 

 

 

 


Turku Jazz Festival

8. - 11.8.2018, Turku

Turku Jazz Festival, Finland's second oldest jazz festival, is back to it's original place in March. The atmospheric event has been organised since 1969. Turku Jazz Festival offers a nice selection of contemporary jazz. Festival’s main stage is located to Logomo near the main railway station and 20 minutes walk from the center of the city.

 

 

 

 


The Annual Finnish Jazz Convention

 

The annual Finnish Jazz Convention is an event bringing together many of the key figures on the field of Finnish jazz. The convention has been organised every year since 1967, and it is a joint production by the Finnish Jazz Federation and one of its member organizations operating in the town of the current event.

In addition to live jazz, the event includes the granting of the most prestigious awards in Finnish jazz, the Yrjö awarded by the Jazz Federation to an outstanding musician, and the Varjo-Yrjö (”The Shadow Yrjö”) awarded by the Jazzradio of Finland’s national broadcasting company YLE. 


Viapori Jazz

21. - 25.8.2018, Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Viapori Jazz is a festival organized annually in Suomenlinna, Helsinki since 2000. The festival presents fresh groups and the newest music of from the vanguard of Finland's jazz scene. Viapori Jazz forms a part of the program of the Helsinki Festival.

 

 


Ylläs Jazz Blues

24. - 27.1.2019, Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi

Over the years Ylläs has become renowned for its yearly cultural events, with the Ylläs Jazz and Blues festival being one of them. The festival is a 4-day event and takes place during the last weekend of January.