Musica nova Helsinki
Founded in 1981, returned 2009 to a biennale format.
The main organisers of the festival are the Finnish Broadcasting Company, the Sibelius Academy, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helsinki Festival, which is the coordinator and permanent residence of the festival.
The festivals function in a national context has always been to present an international perspective to what is happening elsewhere for the Finnish audience. The next festivals will focus on presenting young and upcoming international composers in relation to already established names, thus establishing a dialogue around certain diverse themes for each festival and creating a context for Finnish composers and the national scene that is slowly becoming more diverse and multicultural. The festival in 2009 will start a more intense collaboration with Teema, the cultural Finnish television channel. Additionally there will be events at Kiasma, the Museum of Modern Art as well as at Art Galleries around the town.
The full program of the festival will be published online at www.musicanova.fi by late November.