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Experience the cultural Kuopio

Kuopio is known as an outstanding city of culture with high-class cultural services. Inspiring cultural life has a strong impact on the region of Kuopio and the whole region of Eastern Finland.

Kuopio is a city where cultural history is valued and new works of art are created.  The city features high-quality cultural institutes: City Library, City Theatre, Music Centre and the Art House Movie Theatre Kuvakukko. The Centre of Museums includes the Kuopio Museum of Cultural History, Kuopio Museum and Kuopio Art Museum.

The culture of uniqueness can be seen at the Orthodox Church Museum, which is one of a kind in Finland and in the whole of Scandinavia.

Dance, movies, photography and children's culture are deeply rooted in the everyday life of the lively city. Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland and VB Photographic Centre are both known regionally for their versatile and high-level services.

The cultural events of Kuopio are absolutely worth experiencing. The summery Kuopio Dance Festival is one of the most unique and famous annual dance celebrations in the Nordic countries. This event gathers dance loving people from all over the world in Kuopio every year.

The atmosphere of live rock can be experienced at the RockCock Festival near Kallavesi Lake, still in the heart of the city.

Fall season's ANTI Contemporaty Art Festival presents exciting and innovative works totally designed for public space and the Kuopio Film Festival Vilimit is the arena for Nordic films.


Photo Petri Laitinen

Photo Vicente Serra

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