An impressive array of international culture in Espoo the spring 2020

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2020-01-03 11:56

Would you like to see modern art from Brazil, enjoy the Russian National Ballet from Moscow, go ice skating to classical music, listen to guitar legend Marc Ribot from the US or take the whole family to see an English-language theatre performance for children? Well, there is certainly no need to go further than Espoo!

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art holds interesting exhibitions by Japanese, Brazilian and British artists at the Exhibition Centre WeeGee   

There is still time to see Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibition at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Tapiola until 26 January. The exhibition consists of almost 100 artworks exploring the way Michael Jackson has inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art. Another current exhibition, Sky of Time, features the world-famous Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima until 8 March.

A dancer interprets the traditional Brazilian Carnival dance, FrevoThe 2020 exhibition programme will open with visual artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965) on 26 February. Dean is currently one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists. In the early year (4 February to 17 May 2020) we get to admire Faz Que Vai (Set to Go), a joint piece from 2016 by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca who represented Brazil in the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Faz Que Vai is a video essay consisting of four parts. In each part, a different dancer interprets the traditional Brazilian Carnival dance, Frevo. This work will be on display as part of the Touch exhibition.

A piece by the Young Artist of the Year 2019, Nastja Säde Rönkkö, called for those yet to be (2016–2018), will be on display starting from late February (26 February–23 August). The work is a one-person demonstration and a series of video performances on ecological destruction. The project features Rönkkö visiting fragile parts of the globe that are threatened or destroyed by human actions and sending messages to future generations.

Espoo Cultural Centre offers a great variety of films during the spring

Queen of EnglandThe main venue for performing arts and culture in Espoo, the Espoo Cultural Centre, is located just a short walk away from EMMA in Tapiola and will have plenty of international programme this spring too.

Cultural Tasting – Happy Great Britain on 25 January will feature a film called The Favorite (Ireland, Great Britain, USA 2018) and some British food tasting!  There will also be monthly films throughout the spring, including Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters on 18 February, Olivier Assayas’ Doubles vies on 24 March and Nadine Labaki’s Kapernaum on 9 April. And last but not least, the annual Espoo Ciné Film Festival on 4–10 May!

Don’t forget to also catch Tapiola Sinfonietta’s concerts and the performances by Espoo City TheatreSwan Lake – the Russian National Ballet from Moscow arrives to the Espoo Cultural Centre on 15 March and King Dude from the US will take the stage on 19 March. April Jazz will bring some great jazz music to the Cultural Centre on 22–26 April.

Valentine’s Day Skating

Next to the Espoo Cultural Centre, the Tapiola Ice Garden will offer free Valentine’s Day Skating on 8 February from 17:00 onwards. Enjoy a happy atmosphere and skating while listening to Tapiola Sinfonietta’s concert which will be live-streamed to the Ice Garden! You can also follow the event at

Music from all over the world in Sello Hall

The music centre Sello Hall with its high-quality acoustics offers plenty of Finnish and international music in Leppävaara.

London in calling in Sello Hall on 26 January in the concert Moments IV: London Calling. The musicians of the Clavicula Baroque ensemble will play period instruments, transporting the audience to the salons of London three centuries ago.

Guitar legend Marc Ribot from the US will performing in Sello Hall on 30 January. Ribot has published over 20 solo albums and worked with numerous well-known artists, including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. His latest solo album, Songs of Resistance 1942–2018, was published last year. In his music, he combines free jazz, punk, avant-grade and rock and Cuban music.

Joan As Police WomanThe popular Elvis tribute concert returns to Sello Hall on Friday, 10 April! The original musicians in the show are drummer Bob Lanning and backing vocalist Jim Murray of The Imperials.

The Swedish singer-songwriter Sophie Zelmani will perform in Sello Hall in April while celebrating her 25th year as a recording artist. She released her twelfth album “Sunrise” in spring 2019, in close collaboration with guitarist, producer and arranger Lars Halapi. In spring 2020, the mysterious singer continues the “Sunrise” tour and performs at Sello Hall with her long-time band on 29 April.

The wildly acclaimed Brooklyn songwriter Joan As Police Woman will return to Finland in 2020 with her new album and concert tour “Cover Two”. She will perform in Sello Hall on 6 May as a trio with Parker Kindred (drums) and Jacob Silver (bass).

Bravo International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences brings children’s culture to Karatalo and Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora

Ready Steady Lift Off!  performance for childrenKompani Giraff from Sweden will perform a play called Tvärslöjd for children older than 3 in Karakallio’s Karatalo in English on 18 March. In the play, two circus performers create living sculptures from common objects and their own bodies. A visiting group from the UK, A Line Art group will bring their performance Ready Steady Lift Off! to Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora in Järvenperä in English on 21 March as part of the Bravo Festival.

There are also many other events and activities for young children and families, such as Aurora’s Winter yard in February and a May Day party at the end of April.

On 20–21 March, Karatalo will host an art workshop event called Värien Kosmos (“a cosmos of colour”). On 18 April, Ursa Astronomical Association will bring its amazing mobile planetarium to Karatalo as well.

We warmly welcome you to enjoy culture in Espoo!