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Helsinki Festival 18.8.-3.9.2006
The Helsinki Festival is the most diverse event in the Finnish cultural calendar. The Festival's predecessor was "Sibelius Weeks" (1951-1965) - festival which concentrated in Sibelius' music. The Helsinki Festival was founded in 1968, and it aims to display Finnish and international performing and creative arts, while featuring artists, ensembles and exhibitions of the highest level.

The Helsinki Festival is the biggest festival in Finland in terms of audience figures, in 2004 it gathered approx. 246.000 members of the audience to its various events.

The programme consists of classical and contemporary music, dance, theatre, popular and world music, cinema, performance and art exhibitions. There is also special programme for children and families (Children's Festival), concerts, workshops etc.

Another feature is the Night of Arts, held for the first time in 1989. It has become highly popular: every year tens of thousands of people take part in the Night's various events. The programme is wide ranging: galleries are open until midnight, music is played in parks and churches, dance groups and orchestras are performing in street corners.

The Huvila Festival Tent is a unique venue; it will be set up every year for the Festival's time. The atmosphere thickens as top world music artists from all over the world take the stage.