Close Encounters

Helsinki — St.Petersburg

Original music for original people

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, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Finland.


23.1.2014 Preliminary Program + Instagram!

We’ve already released some of our festival program here in Finnish. You can now follow the Close Encounters Helsinki–St. Petersburg festival on Instagram, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. See you soon!


In Short

7.–11.4.2014 Close Encounters Domestic is here.  Check the program and bands at the Blog section. Check out our festival blog and photo galleries here!

13.2.2014 Check out Caroline Rose’s interview in our blog!



SUPPORTERS City of Helsinki Cultural Office
PARTNERS Rajaton Jazz Festival, Metro, Embassy of the United States, Helsingin nuorisoasiainkeskus, Sanoma Media Finland, Elmu ry, Ravintola Kappeli, Ravintola Savoy, Bar Loose, Karl Fazer Café, Vuotalo, mbar, Café Mascot, On The Rocks, Music Design SPB, JFC Jazz Club, Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, Finnish Institute in SPB, Helsinki Centre in SPB, Art Jazz Club, Solo Tuotanto
ARTISTIC BOARD Andrei Kondakov, Márta Schmidt, Jan Wälchli
PRODUCTION Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Solo Tuotanto, 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)