Events in Lappeenranta, summer 2018

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South Karelia Museum (Kristiinankatu 15)
Lappeenranta Art Museum (Kristiinankatu 8–10)
Open Tue–Sun 11–17

South Carelia Museum

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From the lion to the blue cross – 100 years of the Finnish flag

The blue cross flag of Finland will celebrate its 100th birthday on 29 May 2018. A celebratory exhibition will present the history of the Finnish flag, beginning from the period under Swedish rule, via the period when Finland was a Grand Duchy of Russia, to independence and the present day. The flag is much more than just a piece of fabric fluttering at the top of a pole: it is a means
of influencing people, creating impressions and expressing opinions. The Olympics, a business card, a protest, an eagle, a lion, a brochure, Paavo Nurmi and the icehockey team – all of these have the flag in common. This exhibition was curated by Kimmo Kiljunen, Doctor of Political Science and Executive Director of Flag World in Hamina.

Permanent exhibition: On the Border – Three Karelian Towns: Lappeenranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi

Lappeenranta Art Museum

6 April – 3 June
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Drawings, graphics, pastel paintings, tempera paintings and paper sculptures from 1963 to 2018. The exhibition is a cross-section of the multifaceted artist’s long career. Abstract compositions, flowers, animals, shells and even jungle scenes are all combined by sensitivity and beauty entwined by a feeling of mystery.

16 June – 2 September 
Neuvostokarjala-25Caj Bremer.jpg_300x200The Return to Karelia – Caj Bremer Visiting the Villages of the Rune Singers in Soviet Karelia

Photographer Caj Bremer (b. 1929) and journalist Sakari Määttänen (1938–1992) made five trips to Soviet Karelia between 1979 and 1982. The photographs taken by Bremer, known as a pioneer of Finnish photojournalism, and the texts written by Määttänen tell of the everyday lives of residents in the bardic villages and the Soviet lifestyle. The exhibition was produced by the Gallen-Kallela Museum.

16 June – 2 September
My dream world – Caj Bremer’s pictures

The exhibition consists of Caj Bremer’s mystic nature photographs, which all include the sun and the artist’s maritime home of Kaptensudden in Sipoo.

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Together, we will take the Sandcastle to record heights

This is the 15th time the Sandcastle, on the fortress headland, will bring joy to summer visitors free of charge. To celebrate this, the Sandcastle is reaching for record heights. The goal is to sculpt the Finland's tallest sandcastle by reaching 18 metres in height.

Sandcastle area is open from 9 June to 2 September between 10–21.


Old Town Hall
open to the public 9 June and 11 August at 10–15,
live music at 12

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3 June at 12 Harbour Square

Summer Concert series 
5.6. onwards every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 18–19 at Harbour Square and at Maria Square on Saturdays at 10–11

Market Place karaoke
6.6. onwards every first and fourth Wednesday of the month at 18–22 at Harbour Square

Band Night
13 June at 18–21 at Harbour Square

Finnish Defence Forces 100th Anniversary Tour
15 June at 16–21, Harbour Square
Air Force Big band & Club For Five, Rakuunasoittokunta  Diandra
Army equipment and vehicles

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Midsummer Celebrations

22 June at 11–16 at the Kehruuhuone at the fortress

23 June at 21 in front of the Myllysaari

Traditional Cavalrymen
1–31 July Wed–Sun at 13–16, Harbour and Fortress area

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Kansantanssi- ja musiikkiesitys kesäteatterilla 2015_koko231x154.jpgHappenings in August on Sundays, free entry
Horn music at 14–15 and singalongs at 16–17 in the Old Park
Folk dance at 18–19 at the Summer Theatre in the fortress

Old Town Days
10–11 August at the fortress

The Lights of the Harbour
25 August
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Street train

Street train's departure every hour from the Sandcastle 9.6.–12.8., 18.–19.8., 25.–26.8., 1.–2.9.
Mon 12–17, Tue–Sun 11–17.

You can explore Lappeenranta by taking an audio tour (Finnish, English, Russian, German and Chinese) on the street train.

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15–17 June at Maria Square and Central Park

Rap and Graffiti
20–21 July at Old Park

3–4 August in Huhtiniemi

ainonkatu_satama_pyörätie_Minna Kivistö_231x307.jpgSummer of Sports

National Cycling Week 5–12 May

Willimiesajot – Wildman Bicycle Race and Fitness Ride
21–22 July
Starting point at Rakuunamäki; street race and Saimaa road race

24–25 August

The main guest presented at the delightful Ballet Gala on the big stage of the Lappeenranta City Theatre will be Introdans from the Netherlands.

Programme of Lappeenranta Ballet Gala 2018 supplemented with Estonian, Korean and Portuguese star dancers as well as top prospects from Finland and Italy.

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Spring concerts at the city English pages:
Home/ City services / Culture and sports /
Lappeenranta City Orchestra

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Spring program can be found at / Ohjelmisto
All performances are in Finnish.

Advance ticket sales and assistance for
Orchestra and Theater programs:
Customer Service Centre Winkki
Villimiehenkatu 1, Mon−Fri 9–17
tel. + 358 5 616 2220,


Concerts and  events at the city pages in Finnish: