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 Republic of Korea, Malaysia, The United States, France, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Finland.


7.–11.4.2014 Wonderful Helsinki Pop & Jazz  Conservatory bands perform at Close Encounters Domestic@Arabia hall this week @6, 7, 8 PM. Check the program and bands at the blog.

19.2.2014 Thank you all for the amazing festival week!

10.2.2014 Close Encounters HKI-SPB starts today! Read more about today’s program in our blog!

3.2.2014 The festival starts soon! Check out our festival program and this year’s performers. On facebook you will find all our events and latests news.


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!

6.2.2014 The Close Encounters Magazine is here! Get your copy at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory or from the venues. Read more in our festival blog.

3.2.2014 We created a YouTube playlist of our this year’s artists. Find out more in our blog.

10.1.2014 Follow us in facebook and you’ll be the first to know our latest news and updates!

9.1.2014 Check out our festival blog and our YouTube channel, and get on the festival mood with last year’s photos and videos!



SUPPORTERS City of Helsinki Cultural Office
PARTNERS ImageMatch, Rajaton Jazz Festival, Metro, Embassy of the United States, Club Liberté, Restaurant Kappeli, Oluthuone Milenka, Bar Loose, Ice Park Helsinki, Karl Fazer Café, Semifinal, Vuotalo, Restaurant Boat Wäiski, Music Design SPB, Jazz Philharmony SPB, JFC Jazz Club, TV100, Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden, Finnish Institute in SPB, Helsinki Centre in SPB, Art and Bubbles, Solo Tuotanto
ARTISTIC BOARD Andrei Kondakov, Márta Schmidt, Anni Sarasti, Jan Wälchli
PRODUCTION Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Solo Tuotanto, Music Design SPB
PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), Mussorgsky College of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), Music Academy International (Nancy, France), Georg Ots Music School (Tallinn, Estonia), Ventspils Musical Highschool (Ventspils, Latvia), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, EBELI – Espoon musiikkiopisto, Stadin ammattiopisto