The notoriously long, dark, and cold winter is finally over in Finland. It seems like the whole country comes to life in the summer, and what better way to celebrate that than to go to a festival! Finland is home to many festivals, from quirky film festivals during the midnight sun to celebrations of thousands of hardcore metal fans. Check out the top festivals in Finland in July that you should experience at least once in your life!
Summer Festivals in Finland Celebrated in July
1. Midnight Sun Film Festival
In the middle of Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle, where the midnight sun burns as brightly at night as during the day, lies the small village of Sodankylä. During the nightless nights, the village comes alive with the people as everyone who loves the cinema gathers. The sense of time disappears when movies are played around the clock, merging into one during the never-falling day. Founded in 1986 by the Kaurismäki brothers, the top summer festival in Finland in July plays a total of more than 100 films on 120 screens. The program includes Finnish and international films, classics, and contemporary pieces. Some films that are definitely worth waiting for are the American thriller The China Syndrome (1979), The Good Postman (2016) exotic Finnish-Bulgarian documentary, and the sensational Finn100 Tom of Finland (2017) film.
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2. Flow Festival
This famous summer festival in July combines music and art, and the program includes everything from concerts to film screenings and conversations, as well as food and drink. Held in a shutdown power plant and industrial setting, the Flow Festival not only showcases the most notable artists of the moment but also takes over the most promising emerging artists on stage. Earlier names include the revolutionary South African zef act Die Antwoord, the American rapper Kanye West, the politically conscious M.I.A., and the Icelandic sensation Björk. In 2017, the capital of Finland was honored to receive guests such as the always iconic diva, Lana del Rey, American band of the XX ether, rock cult favorite Ryan Adams. A wide representation of a new generation of American rappers, including Frank Ocean, Young Thug, Princess Nokia, and Vince Staples. Remember to keep your eyes open for new and upcoming artists as well; this would not be the first time that the conquest of the international music world had begun on the stage of the Flow Festival. The food is an important part of the Flow Festival experience and this year the emphasis is on Scandinavian flavors. More than 40 restaurants showcase their culinary skills, and in the spirit of Flow, the focus is on using locally, organically, and sustainably produced ingredients. Maybe you’ll find some more Finnish specialties we’ve written about in this blog post!
Where: Suvisaari, Helsinki
3. Pori Jazz
Jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, blues, Afro-Cuban, pop One of the largest and oldest jazz summer festivals in Europe, Pori Jazz was established in 1966. Although the festival in Finland in July is only two days long, with only 1,500 visitors, the event has grown exponentially and has been extended to nine days, hosting 120,000 to 160,000 jazz lovers a year. The festival has become one of the most popular, and no wonder: it has been home to such big international names as Betty Carter, Alicia Keys, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phil Collins, Chuck Berry, and The Roots. This year’s top artists include future funk act Jamiroquai, Grace Jones and Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds.
Where: Kirjurinluoto, Pori
Ruisrock was launched in Finland in 1970 as the second oldest summer festival in Finland still running in Europe and has hosted a number of notable artists including Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Uriah Heep, and Bob Dylan. Despite Ruisrock’s roots deep in the rock genre, the contemporary festival has expanded its offerings. This year’s line-up features Norwegian DJ producer Kygo, rapper Travis Scott, singer-songwriter Charli XCX and a number of popular and emerging Finnish artists!
Where: Ruissalo, Turku
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5. Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
The hard-headed rock festival, which gathers metalheads from all over the world, will be 20 years old this summer! Hosted by legends such as Alice Cooper, the Lamb of God, Anthrax, and Megadeth, Tuska is one of the most acclaimed metal festivals in the world. Nicknamed “The Promised Land of Metal”, Finland is proud. Many big names in the genre, such as Nightwish, Children of Bodom, and Apocalyptica hail, come from Finland. This year, one of the iconic Finnish bands, H.I.M., climbed the stage as one of the main performers at the summer festival alongside Sabaton and Mastodon.
Where: Suvilahti, Helsinki
After a long, strong snowy winter, summer festivals have become one of the most anticipated events for the people of Finland. Remember to skip while in the country.
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