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In the Light Mikki Kunttu

Mikki Kunttu to star his own festival – Finland’s most successful lighting designer and visualist will be celebrated at Tampere Hall during autumn 2022! During 2021, the whole programme will be announced and ticket sales starts.

The festival portrays Kunttu’s impressive career and offers the audience a concert by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, a gala evening, an exhibition and a professional seminar, among others. During 2021, the whole programme will be announced and ticket sales starts. In the Light Mikki Kunttu continues the event series by Tampere Hall and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Previous artists in the series have been Ismo Alanko and Kaija Saariaho.

Mikki Kunttu is one of the world’s most prominent visualists. His work can be seen in numerous television, art and music productions. Kunttu masters the visualization of grand arenas as well as styles ranging from opera to ballet, all the way to contemporary dance. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at international top events in his field, and he lectures at universities in the US and Great Britain. Kunttu is also known for his work as a visualist and lighting designer for Cirque du Soleil in Montreal and for being in charge of the visualization of the National Opera’s Ring-series. Further, he has worked as a visualist at the Eurovision Song Contest. He has also collaborated with the famous British choreographer Akram Khan.

In the Light Mikki Kunttu (28.9. – 1.10.2022) offers unique content for the audience and the chance to enjoy shows by artists who only rarely perform in Tampere or Finland. Tampere and Tampere Hall are special places for Kunttu, as he was employed by Tampere Hall at the start of his career. He has also studied lighting design in Tampere.

– For me, the feeling of closure brings a sensation of significance. I learned very much while working at Tampere Hall. I feel honored that I can now present artists who are important to me, and with whom I have collaborated during my career. Bringing them together in this event feels unforgettable and unique. Working together with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is a fantastic opportunity and Holst’s The Planets is the perfect choice for the evening, states Mikki Kunttu.

During 2021, the whole programme will be announced and ticket sales starts.

The programme (further details to be announced later):

Wed 28th Sep 2022
SEMINAR:  Beyond Light and Shadow – The future of lighting and visualization reimagined
An essential part of the festival is a seminar aimed at professionals in the audiovisual sector. Beyond Light and Shadow presents the latest trends and future opportunities of visual design. Famous international speakers, visualists of mega concerts and shows, will be on stage. The seminar is produced by Tampere Hall in collaboration with Yle and Akun Tehdas. The seminar brings together audiovisual professionals as well as students, buyers, equipment manufacturers and freelancers. Professionals meeting each other, networking together and preparing for the audiovisual world after the pandemic are all in the very heart of this event. Beyond Light and Shadow strengthens the Finnish know-how of shaping the visual identity of concerts and hence bringing Finland to the top in the event industry of the future.

Fri 30th Sep 2022
THE PLANETS: The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Mikki Kunttu
The Planets is a cooperation concert by Mikki Kunttu and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, where they take on the seven-part masterpiece The Planets by Gustav Holst (1874-1934). The Planets is one of the best-known classical compositions of the last century, and it provides Mikki Kunttu with a fantastic canvas to paint his light creations on. These light creations will take the audience on a journey through the solar system.

Sat 1st Oct 2022
THE NIGHT OF LIGHT: Mikki Kunttu 50th Gala evening
The international gala evening will feature performers and artists from Kunttu’s career: Tero Saarinen Company, Apocalyptica, Chisu, Kimmo Pohjonen and Martti Suosalo, as well as soloists from the Boston Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.

Wed-Sat 28th Sep – 1st Oct 2022
PHOTO EXHIBITION: LUCID DREAMS – Mikki Kunttu Retrospective Photo Exhibition
Photo exhibition showcases photographs shot by Mikki Kunttu, from the past 30 years of his career. Photos visible in the exhibition range from shots of the Eurovision Song Contest to his public lighting installations, and everything in between. Mikki Kunttu started to photograph his own creations for documentational purposes, but throughout his career, they have become an important continuance of his creative process. The photo exhibition can be visited at Tampere Hall.


The event is produced in collaboration with MA Lighting (GER), Lightpower (GER), Live Design (USA), Lighting and Sound International (UK) and Pyroman Oy (FIN).

Production Tampere Hall