9.- 12.8.2018



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The classical music compass points north to LuostoClassic waiting in the fells

A good 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle lies the beautiful Pyhä-Luosto region. And it is here, surrounded by wild arctic scenery, that LuostoClassic will fill the air with music for the 15th time in August 2017.


LuostoClassic is a ground-breaking classical music event held in unique open-air arenas set in the magical, mysterious fells of Lapland. Visitors may wonder at the acoustics of the Ice Age screes at Aittakuru, enjoy the peace and quiet by the Ahvenlampi waters, share their concert with the curious Kopara reindeer or laze among blueberries on Luosto Fell. The LuostoClassic concerts are the harmonious combination of a passion for music and stunning scenery.

LuostoClassic dates back to 2003, the year in which Kalevi Aho’s Luosto Symphony was premiered on the fell-side. The Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in style in August 2012, when its main guest was the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the best-known orchestras in Europe, the BBC Philharmonic made its first appearance in Finland at our very own Ukko-Luosto. Our other visiting orchestras have included the Finnish Radio Symphony (twice), the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Guards Band, the Sinfonietta Rīga, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and numerous guest artists from Finland and abroad.

In the early years, the focus at LuostoClassic was on orchestral concerts, but the event has gradually evolved into an all-round classical-music festival in which the emphasis is, in terms of the number of concerts, on chamber music. The reception for chamber music has been excellent, as proved by the fact that many of the concerts in 2015 were sold out.

The Pyhä-Luosto region will once again be filled with classical music in August 2017. The concert venues are already familiar to festival audiences: Ahvenlampi, Santa’s Hotel Aurora, Aittakuru, the Lapland Hotel Luostotunturi, the Vaisko Restaurant, the Chapel of the Northern Lights, the Kopara Reindeer Park, Sodankylä Church and the majestic open-air platform at Ukko-Luosto. Last year another venue was added to the list: Sodankylä Old Church, built in the 17th century.


We invite all classical music lovers to join us on a musical visit to Lapland LuostoClassic, naturally, now for the 15th time!

LuostoClassic will be held for the 16th time in the Pyhä-Luosto region of Finnish Lapland and at Sodankylä on August 912.8.2018.