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.

This year’s exceptional Musica nova Helsinki was celebrated mainly on the internet, television and radio. By the final day of the festival, Musica nova’s 20 concerts and events had gathered around 31,000 viewers and an estimated 200,000 radio listeners. This year’s Musica nova was the final programme designed by André de Ridder, who had been the festival’s artistic director since 2017.

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).

The festival is sponsored by: The City of Helsinki, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Oskar Öflund Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Helsinki Festival, and the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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 will be celebrated in early 2023 under the guidance of the new artistic director Tuuli Lindeberg.

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju