Many faces of culture

Holiday activities for the whole family

Koli, as an iconic Finnish landmark and a source of Finnish sense of nation, has made a mark in the art history primarily through the great names of Karelianism, a romantic nationalist art movement in the late 19th century. Writer Juhani Aho, painters Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt and photographer I.K. Inha and composer Jean Sibeliuksen have all come to Koli to find inspiration for their art. Koli area still draws artists and friends of culture - from generation to generation.

Theatre Koli - 32 performances in the Koli Nature Centre Ukko

New in summer 2019 in Koli, Theatre Koli stages its play Honeymoon in Koli Nature Centre Ukko's 200-seat auditorium in June and August. The performances are subtitled in English and German and are also suitable for the international audience. Read more and buy tickets online.

Pielinen Soi -festival

The Pielinen Soi Festival has expanded into a year-round event with concerts held around Lake Pielinen. In 2019 there is a wide range of concerts from operas, choir concerts, folk music, tango and jazz concerts to concert for children. In the summer and autumn programme of the Pielinen Soi Festival in 2019, Karelian cultural heritage and Orthodoxy are highlighted. The folk music orchestra Tallari opens the festival on 25th June 2019.

Lieksa Brass Week 26 July - 3 August 2019

The biggest brass music festival in the Nordic countries in July and August offers high-quality brass music and other concerts. Organised since 1980, Lieksa Brass Week includes music courses, an international competition and a classical concert series as well as open air performances. Some of the concerts are free of charge.

See the programme of Lieksa Brass Week.

Monola Festival 1 - 6 July 2019

The theme of Monola Festival is the journey made by Jean Sibelius to Koli 110 years ago. Soon after his trip, Sibelius started composing his fourth symphony, which will be performed by the Joensuu City Orchestra at the Monola Gala in Lieksa on July 6, 2019 at 4 pm. Other programme of the festival include guided boat tours to Sibelius honeymoon destination Monola in Lieksa and a premiere of the Blue Bird (Lintu Sininen) composition by Jonne Valtonen. The piece is based on a play by Zacharias Topelius.

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Koli Ruska Blues 13 - 15 September 2019

Bright autumn colours and blue notes of blues meet every year in September in Koli. In the venue, Break Sokos Hotel Koli, great music is played and delicious meals served and enjoyed. You can get into the mood for the concerts by wandering the the near-by trails of Koli National Park and or by in the views from the pampering spa downstairs of the concert venue.

Further information: Break Sokos Hotel Koli Sales Service, tel. +358 20 123 4662,

Eva Ryynäsen's artisthome and "Paateri" church

Sculptor Eva Ryynänen's (1915-2001) artisthome Paateri is a great visiting place.  Eva Ryynänen rose up to the nations favour in 1970s- 80s and in her home, workshop and galleria cafe you can enjoy her sculptures, unique builds and furniture. Over the years she made over 500 sculptures. Biggest single art piece was made 1991 wonderfull paateri church, where guest are amazed by the pine trunk carved stools. Paateri is open 15.5 - 15.9 everyday from 10 - 18, during the winter paateri is open on skiholiday weeks from 10 - 16.

Paateri, Paateri 21, 81560 Vuonisjärvi tel. +358 401 044 055,

Artist Residence Kolin Ryynänen

Situated in the heart of Koli village, in the red log buildings of Kolin Ryynänen, is the Ryynänen artist residence, which is rented to visiting artists. Artists from Finland and around the world come to Koli to work for a month or two. Exhibitions of the works of the artists are often held at the Koli Nature Centre Ukko or in Koli Ryynänen.

More information: Kolin Kultttuuriseura ry,, Facebook: kolinkulttuuriseura

Arts Exhibitions

Koli Nature Centre Ukko is a must see for art and culture lovers. The permanent exhibition “Looking at the National Landscape” presents the geology, nature and history of the area, and films and slideshows presenting Koli can be seen in the auditorium. The changing exhibitions include photographs, paintings, sculptures, textiles and poems by various artists.

Koli Nature Centre Ukko, +358 206 395 654, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli,    

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