The Tampere Music Festivals -family consists of three separate festivals: Tampere Biennale, Tampere Vocal Music Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening. As part of the City of Tampere's cultural office, the staff of Tampere Music Festivals has been in charge of organising the festivals since 1990. Our office currently resides in Tampere's Old Customs House Culture Centre.
Tampere Biennale introduces the most important phenomena in Finnish contemporary music: today’s leading composers and the latest compositions. Organised biennially since 1986, the festival was born out of the need to showcase music from living Finnish composers and encourage the audience to get acquainted with new music. Over the years, Tampere Biennale has developed into one of the most prestigious contemporary music events in Finland.
Every year, the international programme of Tampere Jazz Happening gathers together top names of international jazz and pioneers of the future. Soon to reach its 30th anniversary, the four-day festival is renowned for its warm atmosphere and open-minded approach on modern jazz. The festival presents Finnish high-profile musicians as well as world-renowned performers on concert stages and in intimate club settings until the wee hours.
Every other summer Tampere celebrates the diversity of the human voice at the festival of choral and ensemble singing. Since 1986 in the international atmosphere of the festival, old and new music, choir tradition and for instance beatboxing all coexist in harmony. The festival culminates in the finales of the Chorus Review and the Contest for Vocal Ensembles, where the atmosphere is palpable. In addition, workshops and free concerts draw audience interested in vocal music from around the world.