AN multidisciplinary CONCERT SERIES

Seasons of Silence

Situated in the village of Kaukonen at Kittilä in Finnish Lapland is Särestö, now an atmospheric museum and the former home of Reidar Särestöniemi the painter. At various times of the year, it is filled with music and other performing arts in a series of concerts entitled Seasons of Silence.

Seasons of Silence 2018, Imogen Huzel & Anni Elif Egecioglu, Photo by Jouni Ihalainen

Seasons of Silence unites music and other performing arts amid Reidar Särestöniemi’s paintings. The seasonal round and the changing light and feel of Särestö inspire artists from different genres to join together in concert, just as they did in the days when Reidar was living and working there. The Artistic Directors of Seasons of Silence are Henna Kaikula and Lauri Sallinen.

The next multidisciplinary concerts in the Seasons of Silence series will be held at 12 noon and 3 pm on Saturday January 26, 2019.

Seasons of Silence 2018, Juha Hurme, Photo by Jouni Ihalainen
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Seasons of Silence 2018, Salla Hakanpää, Photo by Jouni Ihalainen

The Seasons of Silence concert series was originally part of the Silence Festival held in June. From 2012 to 2018, a concert was given at Särestö on the Saturday of festival week. In 2018, this sparked off a series of concerts called Seasons of Silence at other times of the year.

Representatives of a variety of genres have been entrusted with the artistic planning of the Silence Festival: Sakari Männistö, Timo Kinnunen, Outi Tarkiainen, Thom Monckton and Henna Kaikula. The Artistic Directors of the present Seasons of Silence series are Henna Kaikula and Lauri Sallinen.

The multidisciplinary events are masterminded by artists both Finnish and foreign invited by the Artistic Directors and they spend about a week together at Särestö before the first concert in the series. The village of Kaukonen and Särestö generate a very special mood in the multi-national band of artists.

The Särestö buildings and setting are a natural environment for artistic encounter. Seasons of Silence is the joint brainchild of the invited artists, drawing inspiration from Särestö and Reidar’s paintings. There are five concerts in all between 2018 and 2020, timed to coincide with the nightless nights of summer, the dayless days of winter (kaamos), the autumn colours and the sparkling snows of early spring.

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Seasons of Silence Development Project

Seasons of Silence Development Project creates work opportunities for artists and seeks to make arts events year-round part of cultural tourism and the local culture.

 

The Seasons of Silence development project seeks to promote work opportunities, and to develop quality artistic content for cultural tourists. It is part of a cultural tourism project of the same name sponsored by the Finnish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the Särestöniemi Museum, Flatlight Creative House, House of Lapland, Levi Tourism, Kittilä Development (Kideve), and the Municipality of Kittilä (Culture) in 2018–2020.

The project aims to develop a new model for arts production serving cultural tourism in partnership with marketing experts and tourist organisations. It is coordinated by the Silence Artists’ Association, which convenes meetings of the parties involved and aims to establish an innovative procedure that will continue to be serviceable after the project ends.

The Seasons of Silence project creates work opportunities for artists and for arts and cultural tourism professionals in the Kittilä region. It also seeks to make arts events of an international standard an established, year-round part of the local culture. With its concerts showcasing various arts, it also hopes to reach out to new audiences, both visitors and locals.

Hiljaisuus-festivaali 2017, Sivuhenkilöt, Photo by Jouni Ihalainen

photos:

seasons of silence 2018, Imogen Huzel, Anni elif Egecioglu, photo:jouni ihalainen
seasons of silence 2018, juha hurme ja yleisöä, photo: jouni ihalainen
seasons of silence 2018, salla hakanpää ja yleisöä, photo: jouni ihalainen
seasons of silence 2018: tuuli lindeberg, photo: jouni ihalainen
seasons of silence 2018: CURIOUS CHAMBER PLAYERS, photo: jouni ihalainen
silence festival 2017: saku mökelä ja ulla raitio, photo: jouni ihalainen


 

The multidisciplinary concerts are jointly produced by the Silence Organisation and the Särestöniemi Museum, Flatlight Creative House, House of Lapland, Levi Tourism, Kittilä Development (Kideve), and the Municipality of Kittilä (Culture).

The concerts and development project have received financial support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 
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