Tampere Biennale introduces the most important phenomena in Finnish contemporary music: today’s leading composers and the latest compositions. Organised biennially since 1986, the festival was born out of the need to showcase music from living Finnish composers and encourage the audience to get acquainted with new music. Over the years, Tampere Biennale has developed into one of the most prestigious contemporary music events in Finland. Artistic director in 2020 is Jennah Vainio.
The Tampere Biennale programme includes a wide variety of topics focusing on nature. Furthermore, the programme presents multiple world premieres of Finnish art works and compositions, with the added intent to include a diversity of artists in terms of age and gender. Additionally, in order to minimize the ecological footprint of the festival, a special emphasis has been placed on Finnish talent – regarding both the composers and the performing artists – with a guiding principle of “locally produced” music.