The Kaakko Festival, 30 June – 5 July 2020

Held in the south-easternmost corner of Finland, this festival transports its audiences on a tour of villages, varying landscapes and diverse moods with a programme of the finest chamber music from various eras and master classes for young musicians. Some special events such as meetings with artists and impromptu performances in public spaces will also be open to all comers.


Summer 2020 programme will be published in March. Meanwhile you can study varying programme of last summer 2019 (below)…




Year 2019:

The Magic of Nature at the Kaakko Festival

The Kaakko Festival at the beginning of July is this year to be held for the sixth time at Virolahti,
Miehikkälä and in the Hamina archipelago in the south-easternmost corner of Finland. In addition to
eleven concerts, there will be a variety of other and free events, such as meetings with artists, pre-
concert talks, and concerts and performances by young masterclass students. The Kaakko Festival relies
heavily on classical chamber music and, as always before, visitors will not be disappointed.

The Magic of Nature 

This year, the festival carries the slogan “The Magic of Nature”. The nature theme crops up in many of the
concerts, and at Virolahti, by the sea and amid the most beautiful countryside, nature is always close at
hand. The concert cruise to the island of Tammio, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Vivaldi’s The
Four Seasons, Sibelius’s Trees (op. 75) – all reflect the magic of nature.

Only 1½ hours from Helsinki to the best of music in a relaxed atmosphere

Where is Kaakko? The journey east from the Helsinki region to Virolahti passes in a flash on the new
E18 motorway. In less than two hours, you can be meeting the artists outside the concert venue,
relaxing over a cup of coffee and chatting to the players about the concert soon to begin.

Ballet in an imperial setting at the Zsar Outlet and the last tango at Virolahti

Dance is a completely new Kaakko genre this year, bringing a chance to see and hear both ballet and
tango. An ensemble of dancers from the Finnish National Ballet will be performing in the imposing
imperial setting of the Zsar Outlet on Friday 5.7. This outlet village opened in November 2018 is the
first of its kind in Finland and lies right near the Finnish-Russian border crossing point at Vaalimaa.
(See: The festival also ends with some fiery rhythms and professional tango dance steps at
Virojoki Junior School on Saturday 6.7.

Starring Matti and “Les Girls”

Virolahti Church will echo to magnificent voices on Wednesday 3.7. at a concert in which the great
Finnish bass Matti Salminen is joined by two front-line Finnish “girls”: soprano Mari Palo and mezzo-
soprano Lilli Paasikivi.

Welcome to the Kaakko Festival 2019!

Tuesday 2.7.

13:00 Children’s concert, Klamila Church, Museotie 1903, tickets €10
Georges Bizet: Jeux d’enfants, Op. 22, piano duo
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

18:15 Opening & meet the artist, Virolahti Churchyard

19:00 Opening night concert: The magic of Baroque. Virolahti Church, Kirkontie 500, €25
J.S. Bach: Partita in D Minor for Bassoon and Strings, BWV 1013
J.F. Fasch: Concerto in C Major for Bassoon and Strings
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Wednesday 3.7.

13:00 A fizzy musical cocktail. Harjun Hovi, Katariinankuja 19, Ravijoki, €25
Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor L. 140
Ludwig van Beethoven: Magic Flute Variations (Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen) WoO 46
Jean Sibelius: The Trees, Op. 75
Paul Ben-Haim: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 44
Igor Frolov: Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

18:15 Meet the artist & pre-concert talk, Virolahti Churchyard

19:00 Matti and “Les Girls”, Virolahti Church, Kirkontie 500, Virolahti, €35
Matti Salminen, bass, Mari Palo, soprano, Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano; Petteri Iivonen, violin & Jukka
Nykänen, piano; favourite light songs for a summer night.

Thursday 4.7.

13:00 Bach on an island. Tammio Fisherman’s Cottage, €22
J.S. Bach: Solo Cello Suites 1 & 5, BWV 1007 & 1011, Tuomas Ylinen, cello

10:30–17:30, Concert cruise from Klamila Harbour to Tammio, €49/70
Incl. transport, concert and guided walk (€49). To order also salmon soup, coffee/tea and sweet pastry
(combined €70).

13:00 Bassoon wizardry. Harjun Hovi, Katariinankuja 19, Ravijoki, €25
Bassoon wizard Bence Bogányi and pianist Tuomas Turriago demonstrate the bassoon’s versatility in a
programme of profound moods and sparkling virtuosity.

18:15 Meet the artist & pre-concert talk, Miehikkälä Churchyard

19:00 A journey to the very soul of music. Miehikkälä Church, Muurikkalantie 6, Miehikkälä, €25
Richard Strauss: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 6
Dimitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

Friday 5.7.

13:00 Ballet gems. Zsar Outlet Village, Vaalimaa, admission free
Dancers from the Finnish National Ballet demonstrate their art to perfection at the Zsar Outlet. Filling
the imperial square will be familiar melodies by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and others. Admission free
courtesy of the Zsar Outlet Village. Weather permitting. 

18:15 Meet the artist & pre-concert talk, Klamila Churchyard

19:00 Light and shadows. Klamila Church, Museotie 1903, Klamila, €25
Carl Reinecke: Drei Fantasiestücke for Viola and Piano, Op. 43
Frank Proto: Sonata 1963 for Double Bass and Piano
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Ernő Dohnányi: Ruralia Hungarica for Violin and Piano in C Major, Op. 32c
Béla Bartók: Divertimento for Strings BB 118

Saturday 6.7.

13:00 Mostly Mozart. Virojoki Junior School, Rantatie 9, Virojoki, €25
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor K 516
W.A. Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major K 191
W.A. Mozart: Ein Musikalischer Spaβ K 522
Johann Sebastian Bach: Double Violin Concerto BWV 1043

18:00 The last tango at Virojoki, Virojoki Junior School, Rantatie 9, Virojoki, €25
Kaakko goes out with a tango! Piazzolla, Gardel, Finnish tango classics…with all the trimmings.



  • Tickets:
  • Tickets for the Kaakko Festival will go on sale at Lippupiste on 29.3. and at various points in Virolahti in June. Tickets also available on concert venues 1 h before the concert.