Past and present meet in an intriguing way in the local culture, and
the spirit of the Kalevala is reflected in many events and attractions.
The Kuhmo spirit, in turn, can be sensed in the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
www.kuhmofestival.fi arranged every July, which summons music lovers from
around the world. Kuhmo Arts Centre offers impressive, modern facilities
for the chamber music concerts. Ever since it was built, the Centre has,
however, operated in many other cultural purposes, as well. The Centre
has seen theatre, meetings and exhibitions. The large 668-seat Lentua
hall and the smaller 99-seat Pajakka hall are both modern meeting venues.
The music teaching rooms can easily be used as workshop space.
During Jolly July there is something to experience every day: fun, dreams,
sounds, silence, excitement, company and surprises. Concerts, music and
dance courses, guided nature trips, boat trips, athletics… specially
planned for children. The aim of Jolly July is also to demonstrate the
great significance of culture and nature to children’s growth and
development. Treasured memories of shared moments with parents and grandparents
can have long lasting effects.
Kuhmo Cultural Winter Festival
After many years of acclaimed summer success, cultural suppliers in Kuhmo
are offering a new annual winter event in January. It consists of music,
exhibitions, seminars and theatre.
Ethno Music Festival
Sommelo is an enthusiastic encounter of the contemporary ethno musicians
and the traditional rune singers in Kuhmo, Sotkamo and Suomussalmi. Part
of the programme takes place in ancient Viena Karelian (Russia) folklore
villages, where the organizers arrange cultural tours. The event is organized
annually by Juminkeko – the Information Centre of Kalevala and Karelian
Culture - at the beginning of July.