Free admission programme

Kuopio Dance Festival includes a rich programme of free admission.

The Market square programme takes place daily from 11am-12pm at the Savonia stage in Kuopio Market square. The varied performances include performances by dance enthusiasts and artists from other cultural fields.

At Elo-Forum (Kuopio Music Centre, Valohalli), dance students, dance schools and amateur groups can showcase their skills. At Elo-Forum, you can also take part in the Morning taiji and DanceMarathon.

Dance Pavilion was a success in 2023 festival and will return this year. Open from 9am to 11pm, the tent will host a varied programme of events, including artist meetings, music performances, dance sessions, evening clubs and much more. The tent is also a great meeting place where you can dance and socialise with friends. The pavilion has restaurant services and a licensed bar, as well as a festival information point and shop.

Call for performers for Elo-Forum, Savonia stage and Dance Pavilion has ended.
Thank you for all for applying!

The Carnival Parade is a revamped version of the traditional Kuopio Dance Festival parade. The idea is to bring colourfulness, southern European carnival atmosphere and the excitement of dance to the city’s street. The parade is a playful competition, with prizes awarded to the best teams. The parade will proceed from Snellman Park to the market square, where the groups will present themselves on the Savonia stage.

The Kuopio TALKS seminars explore interesting topics, especially from the perspectives of dance, health, culture and art. The seminar series also includes Kuopio Highlights, organised by the City of Kuopio.

Dance Jams are a joyful dance experience for children under six years old in the magnificent enchanted forest in Shopping Centre Minna, inspired by Finnish nature. Dances are held twice a day in the morning and in the afternoon.

Changes are possible, stay tuned.
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