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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!

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The festival portrays Kunttu’s impressive career and offers the audience a concert with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, a gala evening, and an exhibition. 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 Finnish 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”, Kunttu says.

The Festival Program:

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.

Fri 30th Sep 2022
THE PLANETS: The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra & 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
A 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.

The event is produced in collaboration with Tampere Hall, MA Lighting, Lightpower, Clay Paky, Harman/Martin, Arri, MDG, Robe Lighting, Pyroman Oy, Ayrton, LIVE Design, Lighting and Sound International, Intersonic Oy, Ralph Larmann, Yle, Akun Tehdas and Music x Media.

Production by Tampere Hall

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Also remember: International Light & Shadow Seminar on Lighting and Design on Wednesday the 28th of September 2022

Light & Shadow is the first of its kind. It’s the place to meet the leading names of pro lighting and live production and visualization and learn about their artistic vision. Light and Shadow provides a close look to the technical part of how the biggest shows in the world are coming together in the future.

What makes this project exceptional is not only its scope and the width of different types of expertise, but also Mikki Kunttu’s own commitment to bring people together to an international event. Light & Shadow seminar will allow us to learn from each other, to support each other, to catch a breath and to regain energies after a period that has affected our entire sector globally.

The Light & Shadow seminar will be organised as part of the Finnish music industry gathering Music x Media that takes place in Tampere from Wednesday the 28th of September to Saturday the 1st of October 2022. The seminar participants can buy their ticket to the Music x Media event for a special price.

Read more about the seminar