Sleep is the most ambitious work of contemporary music top dog Max Richter: an ethereal masterpiece that is eight and a half hours long. It is now possible to experience it during one night at Huvila Festival Tent. There are beds available inside Huvila as well as 100 smaller tents for one or two persons in Tokoinranta, if you want some privacy and peace.
Composed in co-operation with neuroscientists, Sleep is divided into stages based on the sleep cycle; the work progresses from dozing off through light sleep into deep and REM sleep until the listener is awakened by the warm crescendo of the final Dream 0 movement. Richter’s flowing and hypnotically-developing ambient music naturally has much to offer those who remain awake, too, and sleeping during the performance is voluntary.
Performing the work to an audience that sleeps through the night is always an Event. The premiere, organised by BBC in London, set the Guinness World Record for the longest broadcast of a single piece of music. Since then, Sleep has been experienced at, for example, Philharmonie de Paris and the Sydney Opera House. Last year, two 560-bed outdoor performances were organised at the Grand Park in Los Angeles. The feedback from participants has been filled with praise: the overnight experience is magical.
Max Richter Ensemble Nick Barr, Viola
Natalie Bonner, Violin
Ian Burdge, Cello
Louisa Fuller, Violin
Andrew Skeet, Keyboard
Katherine Tinker, Piano
Chris Worsey, Cello
Grace Davidson, Soprano
Doors open at 9 pm, Sleep by Max Richter starts at 11 pm and ends the next day at 7 am.
Address: Eläintarhantie 8, Tokoinranta
Important! Please dress appropriately. The tent is not fully wind proof and may be draughty.
The Huvila Festival Tent is the Helsinki Festival’s dedicated festival hub and a unique cross between a concert hall and a traditional festival marquee. Designed by architect Roy Mänttäri, the tent has been erected by the Tokoinlahti bay every year since 1995. The Huvila programme, encompassing everything from intimate concerts to riotous club nights, is a valuable addition to the city’s music scene. Huvila is particularly known for its strong world music offering and for providing an early platform to lesser-known artists. Past Huvila acts include Radiohead, Patti Smith, Cesaria Evora, Marc Ribot, Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed, Wilco, Hugh Masekela and Yoko Ono & Thurston Moore.
As the name suggests, Huvila is a tent and the weather can sometimes lend its own special charm to the proceedings. Sounds from outside the tent can sometimes be heard during performances. Don’t forget to bring a warm layer, as the nights in August can be chilly. Most concerts have free seating on a first-come, first-served basis.. The Huvila season coincides with the end of the summer season and to make the most of it, there is usually dancing on most nights!
The tent comprises an atmospheric restaurant, the perfect place for enjoying the August nights pre and post-concert. Catering is provided by Juuri Tapahtumat, owned by the culinary talents responsible for Helsinki’s highly-acclaimed Juuri restaurant.
Events at the Huvila Festival Tent are for adults aged 18 and over. Younger guests can be admitted provided they are accompanied by a guardian. The age restriction does not apply to daytime concerts and children’s events.
The performances start at 19–20 and finish no later than 22 on weekdays and 23 on weekends. Check the schedule on individual nights on the events pages.
Disabled parking: Disabled parking is available, however, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.
Disabled access: Ramped access at main entrance. Box office fully accessible.
Disabled toilet (please note that the toilet is not fitted with an alarm).
Wheelchair seating/event: 4 (more seating may be available depending on the nature of the show). Accompanying assistant addmitted without extra charge.
No induction loop.
Grounded outlet available in the seating area.
Reception/Front of House of Manager: 050 441 6747 (Janne Tamminen).
Advance tickets for Helsinki Festival are sold by Ticketmaster Suomi. We recommend that you purchase tickets only from the official Helsinki Festival ticket vendor Ticketmaster.
www.ticketmaster.fi The online shop sells electronic eTickets that can be printed or shown on your mobile phone when entering the event. You can also book tickets online and collect them at a ticket outlet. The tickets can also be delivered to your home by post.
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You can also book tickets by phone. The tickets can then be collected at a ticket outlet. You can also order tickets that come with an invoice to be delivered to you by post no later than 30 days before the event.
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You can buy tickets and collect tickets booked online or by phone at ticket outlets.
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Ticket bookings €2.50/ticket (paid upon ticket collection)
THE MOST ECONOMIC WAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS Single tickets are cheapest when bought online (eTicket) or at a ticket outlet without a booking. Remember to take advantage of discounts that cover almost the entire Helsinki Festival programme. NB! Discounts cannot be combined.
ACCESSIBLE SEATS Accessible seats are sold through Ticketmaster phone service and ticket outlets. Assistants to persons with reduced mobility have free admission to events. Assistants do need personal tickets, which can be requested when ordering an accessible seat.
TICKET SALES AT THE EVENT If there are tickets left to be sold at the event, event location ticket offices will be open for one hour before each event.
CULTURE VOUCHERS Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster ticket outlets using culture vouchers. Check the culture vouchers accepted by different ticket outlets at www.ticketmaster.fi. Culture vouchers cannot be used when buying tickets at the event.
Some events have purchasing restrictions. Changes are possible.