Close Encounters

Helsinki-St. Petersburg 2016

Original music for original people

The international Close Encounters Helsinki – St. Petersburg festival offers a multicultural venue for ambitious young musicians and their fresh ideas – bringing together musical genres and nations. The festival takes place simultaneously at prominent venues in Helsinki and St. Petersburg with participants from The United States, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Finland.

All the concerts have free entry. Some of the venues have cloakroom fees.




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PARTNERS Metro, Embassy of the United States, Sanoma Media Finland, Ravintola Kappeli, Bar Loose, Karl Fazer Café, On The Rocks, Music Design SPB, JFC Jazz Club, Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, Finnish Institute in SPB, Helsinki Centre in SPB,
ARTISTIC BOARD Andrei Kondakov, Aviv Ben-Yehuda, Mika Säily
PRODUCTION Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Music Design SPB
PHOTOGRAPHY: Students of photography from Stadin ammattiopisto
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Pop & Jazz Konservatorio, Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), Mussorgsky College of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), Georg Ots Music School (Tallinn, Estonia), Ventspils Musical Highschool (Ventspils, Latvia)