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Helsinki Festival

Helsingin Juhlaviikot (Helsinki Festival) is one of the most admirable multi-arts festivals in the Nordic countries. The event was established by the City of Helsinki in the sixties to broaden the cultural fabric in theatre, circus, dance, music, visual arts amongst other forms of creativity. Helsinki Festival invites every year distinguished Finnish artists and international performers to inspire the audience. Events take place all across the city of Helsinki in venues like cultural hubs, museums, theatres, outdoors and the Huvila Festival Tent in Hakaniemi.

ihana - the Nordic lifestyle magazine introduces to the experience and atmosphere of this exceptional festival in Finland.

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Konepajan Bruno

The primary event we visited at the Helsinki Festival was a silent opera concept, taking place in Konepajan Bruno, an old railway engine workshop in the district of Vallila.

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To begin with

For the first time, Helsinki's Konepajan Bruno opened up to be a venue for an opera performance. Hailing from England Silent Opera and Finnish Koominen Opera presented Vixen - an unforgettable immersive theatre and silent disco concept. The libretto by Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s 1924 opera The Cunning Little Vixen unveiled a modern play about love, tragedy and death. To begin with the first act all audience needed beforehand to collect headphones and wait for further instructions.

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First act

The opera began by a small group of musicians playing instruments such as the flute, violin, clarinet mingling among the crowd offering to play a song for a euro.

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Follow the girl

The instructions communicated to the audience via headphones were to follow the girl who led the tribe of people through a probs landscape in an old railway workshop.

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Missing person

Entering a long corridor designed with missing person flyers gave clues of the plot. At the same time, the audience heard statistics revealing numbers of persons who have disappeared for unknown reasons.

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A scene in a living room

Latest once the audience got to the scene in the living room of the Forester family it became apparent that Janáček’s original is not the tale of a forest animal. Vixen is a modern play about a homeless young girl looking for shelter in the Greater London area. All around the living room spectators were seated on sofas, chairs or on the floor within the theatrical setting. Equipped with headphones they follow the emerging singer's dramatic dialogues sang in tenor and soprano while listening to the musical score.

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