Lappeenranta celebrates its 375th anniversary in August – see the programme for the Anniversary Day 10 August 2024

PUBLISHED 4/12/2024, 15:18

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This year, the City of Lappeenranta celebrates its 375th anniversary with the Lappeenranta 375 Celebration Week that culminates in the great Anniversary Day on 10 August.

Event Production Coordinator Riikka Hjelt of the City of Lappeenranta is happy about the programme for the Anniversary Day:

“The main idea in putting together the programme has been to make sure that everyone will definitely find something that interests them – there’s plenty to choose from. International tourists may be especially interested in the return of the traditional humppa dance to Lappeenranta with the Humppafestivaali festival. Another interesting number in the programme is that people have been invited to show off their national costumes!”

Partners in the Lappeenranta 375 celebrations also include OP Etelä-Karjala and Lappeenrannan Energia.

“We are happy to join the celebration of the 375th jubilee year and participate in arranging the festive concerts held at the Fortress with free admission for all tourists and local residents. The vitality of our region is extremely important to us, which is why we are actively involved in supporting local events to make this a good and comfortable place for people to live in – and visit,” says Anna-Leena Kaarna, Marketing and Communication Manager of OP Etelä-Karjala.

Customer Relationship and Digital Services Manager Sami Pesonen from Lappeenrannan Energia is also delighted about the cooperation:

“For us at Lappeenrannan Energia, it’s important to promote the vitality of the region of South Karelia as a whole in a wide variety of ways, together with different interest groups, and do our part in creating even better conditions for the wellbeing of the residents of the area as well as diverse tourism. The partnership with the Lappeenranta 375 Celebration Week supports this development. It’s great that the City of Lappeenranta is building a diverse programme for the Lappeenranta 375 Celebration Week with several different actors. Lappeenranta has a wonderful setting for creating summer events to support the development of tourism in the area, too.”

Programme of the Anniversary Day:

Celebration Tent

12:00 Celebration opens, the Master or Mistress of the Fortress is chosen
13:00 Lappeenranta City Orchestra
15:00 Humppafestivaalit dance festival, with music by Iltarusko
17:45 Lappeenranta Big Band with Hanna Pakarinen and Johannes Salomaa as soloists
20:00 Isaac Sene 22:00 Kolmas Nainen

Katariinan tori

10:00 Mimi and Kuku
11:00 Pim Pom Manu Mäyräkoira
11:30 Dragoon Horse Parade
12:00 Lappeenranta Music Institute
14:00 What’s in the Bag by Kolding, a twin town of Lappeenranta
16:45 H-Hetki Houseband
19:00 Nuppu Oinas
21:00 Aston Kalmari

Summer theatre

10:00 Non-stop yoga
12:00 Rajan Nuoret
13:00 Lappeenranta Dance Institute
14:00 Saimaan Seuratanssijat ry: non-stop dance class
16:00 Vastarannan teatteri
20:00 Vastarannan teatteri

23:30 Fireworks

We reserve the right to make changes.

Other participants in the area

Children’s Cultural Centre Metku
Kalevalaiset ry
Art School Estradi
Lappeen Tuulitytöt ry
Unicef ry

The City of Lappeenranta:
Immigrant Services
Sports Services
Cultural Services
Youth Services
Disability Council

Further information:

Riikka Hjelt, Event Production Coordinator
tel. + 358 (0)40 669 3767, riikka.hjelt@lappeenranta.fi