Brimming with pride, executive director Hanna Rosendahl talks about the spirit of unity and joy that characterises the event. “The festival is just the right size for performers and audience members alike to come together. It’s the Tampere ‘hype’ that makes people return year after year.” And return they do – the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest performing arts events in northern Europe. The main programme, however, is a far cry from ever being classed as long in the tooth.

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