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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 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.

Jolly July
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.

Sommelo International 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.