Events in Lappeenranta, summer 2017
Follow the events calendar at www.lappeenranta.fi and tapahtumat.ekarjala.fi . Please note: Changes possible.
LAPPEENRANTA CITY ORCHESTRA
Thu 18 May at 7 p.m., Lappeenranta Hall
Conductor Ari Rasilainen
Soloist Sandra McMaster, soprano
Kokkonen –Berlioz – Mahler
Wed 24 May at 7 p.m., Lappeenranta Hall
Conductor Tibor Bogányi
Soloists Helka Seppälä, double bass and Pedro Conejero, bassoon
Sibelius – Bottesini – Rossini – Honegger – Pingoud – O. Merikanto
OPENING OF THE SUMMER CONCERT SEASON AND THE SANDCASTLE
Summer arrives at the Harbour on Sunday, 4 June Come along!
at 10 a.m. Opening of the Sand Castle
from 12 noon Opening of the summer concert season at the Harbour Square
at 12 noon–3 p.m. Traditional children’s street painting event
Summer Concert series
From Tuesday, 6 June, 100 concert events in Lappeenranta
- Lappeenranta Harbour Square on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6–7 pm
- Lappeenranta Market Square on Saturdays at 10–11 a.m.
- Joutseno market square on Thursdays at 11–12 a.m.
Open-air karaoke and youth bands
From Wed 7 June at 7–9 p.m., alternating weeks at Lappeenranta Harbour Square
13 August, 20 August, 27 August and 3 September
- Brass music concerts at 2 p.m., the Pusupuisto stage
- Singalongs at 4–5 p.m., Fortress Summer Theatre
- Folk dance concerts at 6–7.15 p.m., Fortress Summer Theatre
Old Town Days at the Fortress
Fri–Sun 11–13 August
Sandcastle Summer Theatre
Post for scientist Topparainen
Watch the absent-minded scientist Topparainen and his antics as he strives to become a member of the International Science Club. The officious postman throws a spanner in the works, but why?
Performances: 5 June–13 August Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 14–27 August Sat, Sun at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Suitable for the whole family, duration 30 min.
LAPPEENRANTA HALL ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
Fri 12 May at 7 p.m. A Rose for Mother
The Dragoon Band
Conductors Riku Huhtasalo and Aino Koskela, soloist Arja Koriseva
The calendar will be updated on a continuous basis. For programme details, see www.lappeenranta.fi > Palvelut > Tapahtumat > Lappeenranta-salin ohjelmisto
FINNISH DEFENCE FORCES’ FINLAND 100 SUMMER TOUR 2017
Fri 16 June at 6–9.30 p.m. in the Harbour Square
The soloist of the Dragoon Band Big Band ensemble’s summer concert tour is Sakari Kuosmanen. The soloists of the Air Force Big Band are the Ikonen sisters, Aili, Tuuli and Heini Ikonen. The evening will end when the Defence Forces' Conscript Show Band takes to the stage. A Defence Forces equipment exhibition will be held during the event.
Read more at: www.puolustusvoimat.fi/sata
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
Tickets €8/7, children under 18 for free
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South Karelia Museum
Open Tue–Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Colours of war – colour photos from the Winter War and Continuation War, Finland 100
22 April – 5 November
The permanent exhibition is called On the Border – Three Karelian Towns.
Lappeenranta Art Museum
Open Tue–Sun 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Päiviö Pyöttiälä – self-taught surrealist
18 March – 21 May
We Shall Overcome – collections from the Art Museum in the 1960s and 1970s
18 March – 21 May
Mikko Vento. When the World Decays photo exhibition
25 April – 21 May
The faces of Karelia, Finland 100
3 June–10 September
5 May at 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free admission to the South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum
Babies' music and painting workshop
Thu 4 May from 9.30–11 a.m., Lappeenranta Art Museum
Night at the Museum
Sat 20 May at 11 a.m.–11 p.m., the South Karelia Museum and Lappeenranta Art Museum are open and there will be a programme in addition to exhibitions.
HISTORIC TOWN HALL
The oldest wooden town hall in Finland is located in Lappeenranta city centre (Raastuvankatu 7).
Open to the public
Sun 4 June at 10 a.m–3 p.m.
Fri–Sat 11–12 August at 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Summer musicians at 2–2.30 p.m.
Tickets: adults €5, children over 3 years of age €3
South-Eastern Finland Centre of Photography
Valtakatu 80, entry from Kaukaankatu
Open: Tue−Fri 11 a.m. − 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.−1 p.m.
10 May–3 June, Photo exhibition
7 June–1 July, South Karelia Artists’ Association
5–29 July, Photo exhibition
Read more at: www.galleriapihatto.fi
EVENTS AT KEHRUUHUONE
Sun 4 June at 12 noon–5 p.m.
Finland 100 – focus on Karelian culture: “kulttuuri kujasil, Karjala kulmil”
The Lappeenranta Fortress will be brimming with Karelian traditions and culture!
Fri 23 June at 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Celebration of Ukko
Midsummer Eve, i.e. the celebration of Ukko, will be spent in a relaxed mood at the Kehruuhuone, in line with South Karelian Midsummer traditions.
Please bear in mind that the city’s traditional Midsummer bonfire will be lit at 9 p.m. in front of Myllysaari.
SEE YOU AT THE MARKET
Sunday flea market
Flea market finds can be pursued every Sunday at 7.00 a.m.–2 p.m. (not on Midsummer Sunday 25 June)
See the market square supervisor and pay for your stall on the same morning, from 7 a.m. onwards. You cannot set up your goods display before you have paid. Full stall square and a sales table €10, half a stall square €5. The Sunday flea market at the Market Square is intended for households and private persons.
Thu–Sun 29 June–2 July
International Grand Market (Service Centre for Finnish Outdoor Markets)
Thu 18 May Spring Market (Joutsenon Kullervo ry association)
Lappeenranta City Centre – LAKES ry
Thu 11 May at 1–5 p.m. Traffic act of the century / OP
Thu 8 June at 4.30–6 p.m., Voltti 2017, procession at 5 p.m.
Fri 9 June at 12.30–1.30 p.m., Voltti 2017 street gig
Sat–Sun 8–9 July, Street Hockey Finnish Championship tour 2017, parts of the event will be held at the Harbour Square
National Cleaning Day
Sat 27 May 2017 at 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
At the Joutseno market, Sammontori market square and Koulukallionpuisto park in Lauritsala
Join the community event and clear your closets of junk for recycling! Flea market stalls are free of charge on national cleaning day. No advance registration required, just show up with your goods and your own table. Organisers: The Joutseno and Lauritsala regional councils and the “EKTA Iloa ikään” project
EVENTS IN THE LIBRARY
Language café in Finnish
Tue 16 May at 4–5 p.m., meeting space in the Main Library's ground floor lobby.
Thu 18 May at 5–6 p.m., Tarinasali room in the Main Library, hosted by Antti Taipale
This film club for adults will continue in the autumn, with the theme ‘music’. Film passes will be available from 1 August.
Library Granny's storytelling sessions
Wed 3 May at 9.30 a.m., Tarinasali room in the Main Library
Wed 17 May at 6 p.m., children’s section in the Main Library
Tue 9 May at 10 a.m., Sammonlahti library
Tue 16 May at 10 a.m., Sammonlahti library
Storytelling session in Russian
Wed 3 May at 5–6 p.m. Tarinasali room in the Main Library
Films for children
Wed 10 May at 9.30 and 10.15 a.m., Heili room in the Main Library
Tue 9 May at 6–7.30 p.m. Tarinasali room in the Main Library
Come and read aloud to an attentive listener in the library! Dogs and instructors from the Lappeenrannan kaverikoirat club.
Finland 100 illustration exhibition
2–31 May, Main Library’s children’s section
Children's book illustrations by Hannu Taina and Markus Majaluoma from different decades (Heinähattu ja Vilttitossu, Uppo Nalle).
Films for children
The Mole and the Lollipop plus other Mole stories by Miler
Wed 3 May at 10 a.m., Ylämaa library
Tue 9 May at 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Joutseno library
Fri 12 May at 9 a.m., Voisalmi school
Information subject to change!
SUMMER FESTIVALS 2017
Thu–Sun 15–18 June At Marianaukio Square and Central Park
Rap music from the east “Itä Räpäyttää”
Fri–Sat 21–22 July In Pusupuisto park
Fri–Sat 28–29 July At Juhlalato in Konnunsuo
Fri–Sat 4–5 August at Huhtiniemi
THE STREET TRAIN RUNS
4 June–13 August, 19–20 August and 26–27 August
Departures every hour from the Sandcastle Mon 12.00 noon–5 p.m. and Tue–Sun 11.00 a.m.–5 p.m. You can hop on or off the train at any stop.
Tickets: adults €5, children €2, family ticket €10 (2 adults + +2 children), day ticket €7 adults, €3 children
EVERYONE RIDES A BIKE!
The main theme of the National Cycling Week covers good solutions and practices, from box cycles to saddlebags, for transporting goods, children and pets by bicycle.
National Cycling Week 6–14 May
Sat 6 May, National Cycling Day and the opening of the National Cycling Week. Cycling trip organised by Saimaan Latu.
Sun 7 May, Village cycling day.
Mon 8 May, Cycle to the shops day. A road cycling loop suitable for beginners.
Tue 9 May, Cycle to work day. Morning coffee for commuter cyclists at Marianaukio square!
Wed 10 May, Cycle to school day. Junior cycling kick-off
Thu 11 May, Traffic act of the century at Marianaukio square at 1–5 p.m. Featuring a cycling skills track for children, security marking of bicycles and much more.
Read more at: www.icyclelpr.fi/pyöräilyviikko
Willimiesajot cycling race
An impressive cycling event in South Karelia. The event centre is located at the idyllic Rakuunamäki on Ehrnrooth square.
Sat 22 July, Willimieskortteli
Sun 23 July, Saimaa Road Race
Read more: willimiesajot.com/2017
Other summer cycling events
Architecture cycling tours
Western cycling Tue 23 May at 5.30–8.30 p.m.
Eastern cycling Tue 6 June at 5.30–8.30 p.m.
Departures from Marianaukio square.
Junior cycling for ages 7–13 from 10 May on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The first event in Huhtiniemi on 10 May and then the place will change every week.
Village Cycling Days 7 May and 13 August Choose your route, distance and speed freely.
Read more at: www.icyclelpr.fi
Saimaan Latu weekly cycling events
Sat 6 May Cycling Week opening, departure at 12 noon from the City Hall.
Departures mainly on Wednesdays at 5.30 p.m. from the airport waxing hut.
Cycling event round Lake Saimaa 24–27 July
Registrations by 27 May.
Further information: http://www.saimaanlatu.fi/tietoa-yhdistyksesta/tapahtumat/
Mass starts for day tours take place on Wednesdays at 10.00. During bicycle tours arranged by the City of Lappeenranta sports department, there will be rest breaks for packed lunches at nature sites. Cycling helmets are compulsory.
17 May, airport waxing hut – Parkinmäki beach, 16 km
24 May, Water Tower – Hämmäauteensuo, 188 km
31 May, Water Tower – Lauritsala – Murheistenranta – Lamposaari, 22 km
7 June, Water Tower – Lauritsala Swimming Hall – Soskuan sulku – Pajarila, 30 km
14 May, Harbour Square – Huhmarkallio – Linnavuori, Taipalsaari, 24 km
The distance in kilometres is given for return trips.