wed june 7th from 10am to 5pm

Seminar: Regional collaboration and Northern Identity of Arts

A seminar about collaboration among the performing arts’ organisations in the Northern parts of Nordic countries is held as a part of the Silence festival. The seminar is targeted to all art and culture professionals, artists, policy makers and others interested in regional collaboration in the Northern region. In the seminar the best practices of regional collaboration and characteristics of the Northern region and its art will be introduced.

Seminar will be held in English.

seminar program

Please register in advance.

free admission


wed june 7th at 18:00
festival opening event
community hall



Exploring the use of abstract images projected on the space and on moving bodies, the Finnish dancer / circus artist Mira Ravald and the Brazilian visual / circus artist Luis Sartori do Vale investigate how different colors, shapes and soundscapes may influence the way physical movement can be interpreted and experienced.

Researching psychological concepts such as apophenia, Portmanteau plays with the human tendency to look for meaning and patterns in random data and situations.

Concept | performance: Mira Ravald, Luis Sartori do Vale
Light design: Jere Mönkkönen
Music | sound design: Antonio Alemanno
Costume design: Julia Valle
Production: WHS (FI)

Running time: 20 min

tickets 10€ / door 15€ (inc. the whole opening event program)


wed june 7th at 18:00
festival opening event
community hall


In this multi-art and multi-dimensioned solo performance of clarinetist Lauri Sallinen, music opens up to space, playing is dancing, and the solitude blends with the community. Under direction of choreographer Mikko Hyvönen, music and musicians movements grow into a performance similar to contemporary dance. Composer Libero Mureddu’s electronic sound design adds polyphony and spacial dimensions to the sound, while Teo Lanerva’s interactive video design creates dialogue between the space and the performer.

Running time: 60 minutes

Music: Luciano Berio, Franco Donatoni, Olivier Messiaen, Outi Tarkiainen, Steve Reich
Musician, performer, concept: Lauri Sallinen
Choreographer: Mikko Hyvönen
Electronics: Libero Mureddu
Light and video design: Teo Lanerva
Photography: Katri Naukkarinen
Production: Riikka Thitz
Residency support: Silence Festival
Co-Producer: Helsinki Festival

tickets 10€ / door 15€ (inc. the whole opening event program)


wed june 7th at 22:00
thu june 8th at 22:00
fri june 9th at 22:00
sat june 10th at 22:00
community hall, kaukonen

Festival Club

Every night from Wednesday to Saturday the Festival club gathers the festival people at the Community hall. Something new to see, hear and experience every night from 10pm. Bar open.


Agelimit: 18

tickets 7€ / door 10€


thu june 8th, at 16:00
kittilä church


Finland's most beloved saxophonist Jukka Perko and gambist Mikko Perkola join together to play music that travels in time: transparent lute songs from the 17th century encounter jazz standards of the 20th century, bonded together with the duo’s own compositions. The tensions between familiar and unknown, baroque and contemporary, acoustic and electric will hold the audience until the last chord.

Jukka Perko, saxophones
Mikko Perkola, viola da gamba, vocals

tickets 10€ / door 15€


thu june 8th, at 18:00
Fri June 9th, at 18:00
kittilä highschool 


Kallo Collective together with Uusinta Ensemble brings us KWALK, a concert with elements of performing arts. The theme of the concert is encounters and evasion. Without narrative it  takes the viewer through absurd moments of everyday life. The three masters of silent comic and three musicians create comic in space inspired by the works of Georges Aperghis.

Kallo, Kurppa ja Monckton, wizards of physical theater and clowning from the internationally known Kallo Collective come together with contemporary classical music trio Holmström, Puusaari ja Rautiola from Uusinta Ensemble. Music is by Aperghis and Uusinta Ensemble.

Performers: Kallo Collective: Jenni Kallo,  Thomas Monckton, Sampo Kurppa

Musicians/ Uusinta Ensemble: Joonatan Rautiola (saxophone), Maria Puusaari (violin) and Emil Holmström  (piano)

Production: Kallo Collective

Running time: 70 min

Kallo Collective

Uusinta Ensemble

liput 20€ / ovelta 25€


thu june 8th at 21:00

Ojanperä Evening Soirèe

Welcome to the traditional Ojanperä evening soirèe! Music and performances in a cosy log house full of history.


tickets 10€ / door 15€


Fri june 9th at 14:00
Kaukonen Sports Hall

Sneak Peak from Silence Residency: William Thomas (FR)

The audience is offered a sneak peak from the residency of William Thomas from Cie BAM. 

The artists invite you to share a moment.
Maybe there is going to be music. 
Maybe there is going to be acrobatics.
Maybe there is going to be a demo.
Maybe there is going to be a discussion.
Maybe all that or maybe other stuff... 

William Thomas explores and uses the body as a primal means of expression, and language that everyone will understand in a visceral way. In this play, the body expresses the everyday life balance between the will to reach the goals that we set and the acceptance the blocks put in our way.The tailored vocabulary will swing between sensitivity and brutality in order to highlight the balance everyone is trying to find between two feelings that seem contradictory. Here, the protagonist seems to lose control of his movements, his posture is modified depending on the stones with which he has contact – as if he was not the master of his own body. He is moved by other forces than his will

free admission


fri june 9th at 18:00
Ojanperä hall

Sivuhenkilöt (Sidekicks)
Lehmuskallio & Working group

Sivuhenkilöt (Sidekicks) uses elements of contemporary circus and theatre to explore what it feels like to touch and to have to go without being touched. Sivuhenkilöt (Sidekicks) takes the audience to unexpected situations: meeting a lady who is missing a limb and a man who has lost his face, dining with a misbehaving grandmother and dangling upside-down from a bedhead. The performance combines text with physicality and visual elements and has been created by a team of theatre, dance and circus professionals. The performance transforms to and with each new performance site and its history.

Text: Eira Virekoski
Direction: Alma Lehmuskallio
Concept: Henna Kaikula, Alma Lehmuskallio, Eira Virekoski
Set design and costumes: Janne Vasama
Adaptation of set and space to Silence festivals: Inka Lähteenmäki
Sound design: Joonas Outakoski
Lighting design: Ainu Palmu
Performers and co-creators: Milla Järvinen, Henna Kaikula (circus artist), Saku Mäkelä (circus artist/dancer), Ulla Raitio (actor)
Production: Kaikula, Lehmuskallio and working group
Co-production: Cirko - Center for New Circus / What the Cirk? -festival

Language: The performance contains spoken text in Finnish. English translation is available.

Running time: 90 min

Suitable for ages: 12+


tickets 20€ / door 25€


fri june 9th at 21:00
community hall

Kalevala live

The Kalevala live performance combines the shamanistic magic of Reino Niiniranta’s silhouette animation films from the 1970’s to a unique live soundtrack experience with modern kantele music. Kalevala live contains a complete seven-part series of Kalevala animations accompanied by a vigorous live music performance by the Stringpurée Band.

Strinpurée Band plays raw and progressive kantele music seasoned with bass and drums. The figurehead of the band is Senni Eskelinen’s 39-string electric kantele. In addition of Kalle Ylitalo’s bass and Niko Votkin’s drums, Kalevala live shows are expanded with acoustic viola by Juulia Niiniranta.  The band has developed a highly original sound combining elements of rock, jazz, folk and classical music to create an extremely sensitive and even brutally strong impact. The trio, hails from the backwoods of the Northern Savo region in Finland.

Animations: Reino Niiniranta

Music: Stringpurée Band: Sanni Eskelinen (electric kantele), Julia Niiniranta (viola), Niko Votkin (drums) ja Kalle Ylitalo (bass)

Duration: 90 mins
Agelimit: 7

tickets 20€ / door 25€
includes entrance to the festival club in the evening.


sat june 10th at 12:00 & 15:00
särestöniemi museum

Concert with contemporary circus: Heirs

In the festival’s traditional Saturday matinèe concert in Särestöniemi museum this year old encounters new, acoustic meets electronic, European encounters Finnish, music encounters contemporary circus and depth encounters height. Viola da gamba, instruments from the 15th century, is merged with live-electronic music when Minna Leinonen brings together Parisian and Budapestian avantgarde with Finnish state of mind in her world premiere of Living in Two Worlds.    

In the music filled gallery (the audience) eyes are turned to the heights and aerial acrobat Heini Koskinen. In the atelier we follow the movement of contortionist Methinee Wongtrakoon between the past and future.  Music from the 17th, 20th and 21st century is combined with the visual elements of contemporary circus. Curated by the festivals artistic directors Outi Tarkiainen and Henna Kaikula.

Heini Koskinen, aerial acrobat
Methinee Wongtrakoon, contortionist
Maria Puusaari, violin
Joonatan Rautiola, saxophone
Lauri Sallinen, clarinet
Mikko Perkola, viola da gamba, live electronics
Emil Holmström, piano
Music: Béla Bartók, Minna Leinonen (premiere), Bruno Mantovani, Juha T. Koskinen, Marin Marais.

Running time: 90 min

tickets 25€ / door 30€


sat june 10th at 20:00
Community hall, kaukonen

Shades of Comedy


Performers: Thom Monckton (physical theatre), Hanna Terävä (clownery), Aatu Raitala (stand up comedy), Joni Koivuniemi (stand up comedy)


tickets 20€ / door 25€
ncludes entrance to the festival club in the evening.




Poetry and Silent Space - Creative Writing  Workshop

Wed June 7th  09.00-17.00
Thu June 8th 09.00-15.00
Fri June 9th 09.00-16.00
Kaukonen School

Teacher: Juha Rautio

Poetry and silent space -workshop looks into the themes of silence and space and investigates them through the means of poetry. The workshop is held in finnish.

More information:

Co-organized together with Revontuliopisto.


Contact Improvisation Workshop

7th - 10th June 2017 at 9.00-11.30
Kaukonen School

Teacher: Otto Akkanen

In this contact improvisation workshop we will work gently with ourselves and others. We start our mornings peacefully, usually warming up with a partner or with a group and move on to more energetics exercises and dances towards the end of the class. Of course time by time we also work on our own as a solo, but still through listening and respecting our own sensory perception. 
The main focus throughout the course are the basic skills of contact improvisation, such as listening the flow of weight and support with our perception and the different tones of the physicality, and the effect of those tones into partnering.

OTTO AKKANEN is a dancer and dance teacher. He has taught contact improvisation and improvisation in East and Central Europe, South America and Asia. In his teaching he highlights the tactile sensory perception as a means of learning. He graduated as a dancer from the Pohjois-Karjalan Ammattiopisto Outokumpu at 2006 and as a dance teacher from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts at 2016

More information:

Co-organized together with Revontuliopisto.


Free Program


Mukka Barn

Thu june 8th at 13
fri june 9th at 12
sat june 10th at12

The members of Mukka-association will read the works of Finnish author Timo K. Mukka in a barn.

Free admission


Konsta Huusko - Paintings

7th-10th june
community hall, kaukonen

Konsta Huusko´s paintings are born out of the experience of movement. In most paintings is an optic focus point, which sets the picture into a limbo between movement and stillness. Huusko is interested in abandoned houses and other places of passing, where you can see the layers of time. He collects inspiration and materials on bike rides where the pace is perfect for stopping when the picture is perfect, instead of passing it by.

free admission



The Lines From My Palms Are Rubbed Out (2017)

A two channel video installation
8th-10th june

Jaakko Pesonen was recording a video in the forests of Kaukonen at last years Silence festival, being covered with sand in a pit, when his phone rang. He was informed that his closest friend had died unexpectedly. A year after the happening Pesonen reflects on how the past, present and future merge forming one’s life story.

Jaakko Pesonen ( is a media artist and an architect. In his works he combines moving images with space. He is interested in non-linear storytelling to create new and surprising narratives in his works. Among his interests are social constructions, animal-human relationships and serendipity.

free admission


Circus camp for children

5th-11th june
KAUKOnen school

Ages 7-10. The circus camp will give an introduction different varieties of circus such as balancing, juggling and acrobatics.

The course is full.


Open village day in Kaukonen

sat June 11th at 11-16

Festivities around the village. Kid’s circus camp perform as part of the open village day program at 11am at Kaukonen school.


Free admission



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