Helsinki, Les Lumieres

Les Lumières, Cultural Festival of the Enlightenment
Les Lumières, Valistusajan Kulttuurifestivaali

The Event

Every year the Cultural Festival of the Enlightenment bring to life the cultural atmosphere of Finland of the 18th century. The Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress was once the gateway for all the poetry, theatre, philosophy, music, fashion and food culture that arrived on Finland’s shores.

Les Lumières brings together musicians, composers, actors, dancers, historians and researchers at Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and historical buildings in the centre of Helsinki.

Each event is held as a short play that combines music and text. The famous baroque dancers and musicians create the authentic atmosphere of the period, and the 18-century ball Fêtes Galantes, hosted by Count and Countess portrayed by actors, brings together the outstanding performers, choreographers, dramaturges and composers in a spectacular display of the noble entertainment.

Special atelier for princes and princesses is also be held for the visitors, who will get to learn about the French court and paint watercolours and pastels in the 18th-century style.

The Programme

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Helsinki, Finland (various locations)
Artistic director: Marja Rumpunen
Tel.: +358 509113849



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