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Musica nova Helsinki is Finland’s biggest contemporary music festival and one of the leading events of its kind in Europe. Held every other year, it was launched in 1981 as the Helsinki Biennale. Musica nova presents Finnish listeners with the most interesting new music, comments on topical issues and seeks to build bridges between contemporary music and other genres of the arts.

In 2019, the festival recorded a total of some 12,000 concert attendances, while a further 700,000 listeners and viewers followed events on the radio and internet. The Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki is the conductor André de Ridder.

The main organisers are Helsinki Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish National Opera, Society of Finnish Composers, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Yle (The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra).

Supported by: The City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Culture.

Musica nova Helsinki is a member of the Finland Festivals organisation.

Musica nova Helsinki operates under the auspices of the Helsinki Events Foundation.

The next Musica nova Helsinki is held on Feb 2.–10. 2021

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju