Why is there an Arts Centre in Kuhmo

In the spring of 1970, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the brainchild of the cellist Seppo Kimanen, received the solid support of music lovers from all over Finland. The thought of taking music to the tranquil surroundings of Kuhmo has lived on and become something remarkable. It has attracted international attention and the idea has been copied in various parts of the world.

The grooving festival and the support of local residents leaded to the opening ceremony of the Kuhmo Arts Centre in 1993. In the past 25 years or so the Arts Centre has proven to be a versatile space, suited as it is to acoustic music, pop and easy listening, meetings, dance, theatre and all sorts of celebrations.

The opening ceremony was held on 15 July 1993 and since that day approximately 2,150,000 visitors has seen the building.

Kuhmo Arts Centre was designed by architect Matti Heikkinen and the highly praised acoustics was developer by Alpo Halme.