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Festival Club

Helsinki Festival will have its own Festival Club at the National Theatre's Lavaklubi for the duration of the festival. Stop by before or after a show to soak in the atmosphere. Programme to feature music, cinema, discussions and meet-the-artist events. The club is open every day during the festival, apart from Sundays.

Open Mon-Sat 13-02. Free entry. In evening events there is an age limit 18.

Programme:

CHOIRS ON TOUR THU 18 AUGUST, FROM 19:30
Art Goes Kapakka gets a traditional kick off as the participating choirs go on tour across Helsinki's bars and restaurants. The performers will gather for a several hundred-strong joint concert at the Senate Square at 19:00, led by choirmaster Marjukka Riihimäki. Further performances kick off at the Helsinki Festival Club at 19:30.

OPENING NIGHT AT HELSINKI FESTIVAL CLUB - GASTHOF RIIORAA IN CONCERT, FRI 19 AUGUST, 21:00
Poetess Edith Södergran goes cabaret in Havanna. Gasthof Riioraa is a sibling double act featuring Anna and Eeva Paavilainen, where Nordic madness and world music meet. Works by Akhmatova, Södergran, Svetaeva, Tynni and Manneri. Life is a dream... or was that a party? Soulful longing meets primal power. Followed by National DJs.

PECHA KUCHA, SAT 20 AUGUST 2011, 14:00
At the Helsinki Festival Club Pecha Kucha event, Finnish and international creative professionals shed light on their work informally through anecdotes and images. The artists will each choose 20 images and have 20 seconds to discuss each one. In 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat their sources of inspiration will be laid bare. Pecha Kucha is hosted by Pietu Pietiäinen with a guest line up featuring Lauri Maijala, Airan Berg and Enrico Stolzenburg.

RENDEZ -VOUS - FRENCH ENCOUNTERS SAT 20 AUGUST 2011, 20:00
Rendez-vous - French Encounters showcases the best in Franco-Finnish theatre exchanges in 2011. The project was conceived jointly by the Finnish National Theatre, KOM-teatteri and the French Le PANTA-théâtre. Performances at KOM-teatteri on 19 August at 19:00 and at the National Theatre's Willensauna stage on 20 August at 16:00. The performances are free. Additional performances by KOM theatre cast and actor Timo Tuominen performing Jacques Brel at the Helsinki Festival club after party. Followed by National DJs.

CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF FILM SCREENING, TUE 23 AUGUST, 20:00
A screening of three films by the German director Christoph Schlingensief, who died last year.
20:00 Freakstars 3000 (2004, 75 mins)
21:30 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler - Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker (100 years of Adolph Hitler) (1989, 60mins)
23:00 Das deutsche Kettensägen Massaker (The German chainsaw massacre) (1990, 63mins)

CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF: "HEAVEN CAN'T BE AS BEAUTIFUL AS IT IS HERE" BOOK LAUNCH, WED 24 AUGUST, 17:30
"I want to endure my death... Which is why I must return to an idea that occurred to me a year ago: I will build an opera house in Africa. The building will also house a hospital, a small school, a guest house, a church and rehearsal rooms."
At the launch event of Christoph Schlingensief's book Heaven can't be as beautiful, journalist Martti-Tapio Kuuskoski and translator Eeva Bergroth discuss the life and works of the author.
Followed by National DJs.

AFRICA EVENING, THU 25 AUGUST, 20:00
DJs Super Mazembe and Connardfini will entertain the crowds with versatile African rhythms. The evening's line-up also includes the enchancting vodoun musician and priest Alpha Omega from Benin, performing zogbehu, asandro, zogbegbaja and kaka rhythms with a balaphone and African drums. The songs are performed in Hula, Mina and Fon. Surprise performances possible.

WAITING FOR GODOT - A DISCUSSION, FRI 26 AUGUST, 17:00
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a hilarious play about despair. In this absurdist classic, nothing ever happens and yet so much happens all the time. Beckett's timeless masterpiece draws a searing portrait of the human lot in a truly bonkers world. Written post-Hiroshima, the play is more acutely relevant than perhaps ever before. Directed by Arto af Hällström. On stage Eero Aho, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Janne Reinikainen and Esko Salminen. Discussing the play is a panel including director Arto af Hällström. The event is chaired by writer Taina West.

OMATUNTOKLUBI (CONSCIENCE CLUB), FRI 26 AUGUST, 21:00
A hugely popular evening at Lavaklubi, hosted by actors Anna Paavilainen and Marja Salo. Always serving up something new for the fast food generation and the hottest DJ in town to boot. Open mic. Free event. P.S. If you have songs, poems, fledgling ideas or finished performances hiding in your drawer, dust them down and take them on stage. Breathe life into your work now or bury it forever... Contact Anna Paavilainen or Marja Kruse on Facebook. Night of the Arts Conscience Club celebrating Helsinki Festival.
Followed by National DJs.

COLOR DOLOR LA 27.8. KLO 22.00
Color Dolor is Stina Koistinen's latest ensemble, performing music composed by Stina set to poems by Anna Akhmatova and Stina's own lyrics. Their sound has been described as a fusion of melancholy melodies, unique vulnerability, old poetry and punk. Stina is a young songwriter from Helsinki whose previous projects include Happy-Go-Lucky, Mykaboom and Sagolik. In Color Dolor she is joined by Ilkka Tolonen, Nicolas 'Leissi' Rehn and Jan Wälchli, who have also appeared in Tundramatiks, Yona & Liikkuvat Pilvet, Sara Sayed jand Pyhimys & Medium. Color Dolor are recording their debut album this summer, which is due for release in the autumn. Followed by National DJs.

JOS VOISI LUKEA ITSENSÄ KAUAS (IF I COULD READ MYSELF AWAY), TUE 30 AUGUST, 21:00
Young poetry recitalist of the year Mirjami Heikkinen will be reciting poetry by Ilpo Tiihonen, Catharina Gripenberg, Eeva-Liisa Manner and M. A. Numminen and others as well as works written by young poets when they were under the age of 18. Music by Petja Pelli. Director: Aino Kivi.
Followed by National DJs.

CHINESE DISCO, WED 31 AUGUST, 21:00
Spinning tunes at the Helsinki Festival Club's Chinese Disco are DJs Siddhartha Ramone and Nana et al.

CABARET NIGHT, FRI 2 SEPTEMBER, 22:00
Jenni Kallo and Thom Monckton provide a taster of their up-and-coming solo shows at Hurja Ruuth theatre. Expect world-class clownery. Performances at 22:00 and 23:00.

MIDDLE EASTERN DISCO, SAT 3 SEPTEMBER, 21:00
At the Middle Eastern disco live music, underground film and DJ Trash Mango get the crowd going one last time.

Helsinki Festival reserves the right to make alterations to the programme.

 

 

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