Helsinki Harp Festival: Forbidden Love

Helsinki Harp Festival has commissioned a new work from award- winner norwegian harpist-composer Uno Vesje, funded by the Arts and Culture Norway and Oslo municipality.  The new work is about queer-love in the Norwegian Muslim community. The opening of the concert is played by Birgitte Volan Håvik, the solo harpist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert is not recommended for children under 12 years old. The content may be disturbing to some audiences.


  • Uno Vesje: Footsteps in an empty room (2009) 
  • Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sequenza II (1963)
    • Birgitte Volan Håvik, harp
  • Uno Vesje: Forbidden Love for voice (baritone), harp, viola, accordion and electronics (ke. world premiere)
    • Taavi Oramo, baritoni
    • Uno Vesje, harp
    • Hanna Hohti viola
    • Veli Kujala, accordion
    • Alejandro Olarte, electronics   

More information: Anna Huuskonen,

Sponsored by The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation

Helsinki Harp Festival 2023

Welcome to the 2nd Helsinki Harp Festival! Our wonderful festival takes place at the Helsinki Music Centre in the heart of Helsinki between 31 August and 3 September 2023. This year’s theme is wellbeing and harpist composers. Besides world-class classical and jazz concerts, our audience can also enjoy sound healing concerts in the beautiful Organo Hall. Harpists will have a range of Pilates lessons and ergonomic coaching by a physiotherapist. We won’t forget harpists who play harp as a hobby, either: we will have traditional masterclasses, jazz workshops, electronic harp introductions for harpists of all levels. The festival programme also includes the first Finnish competition for harpists who play the instrument as a hobby as well as the international Helsinki Harp Competition.

May the Harp be with you!

Read more about the Helsinki Harp Festival via this link

Mannerheimintie renovation project

Access to the Musiikkitalo from the direction of Mannerheimintie will be difficult. We recommend that you allow enough time for your arrival and use the entrance on the side of Kansalaistori if possible. According to current information, the entrance to Mannerheimintie will also remain in use throughout the renovation, but pedestrian routes can be challenging at times.

We recommend following the official information channels of the renovation project, where you can find the most up-to-date information.


2.9.2023 at 21:00 – 22:00


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


6,50–18 € or festival pass.


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Ticket sales begin 3.7.2023

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