About the Festival

Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival. Ruskeala Mountain Park (Sortavala region, Republic of Karelia, Russia). August 9-11, 2019

Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival was initiated by the Head of the Republic of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov in 2017. This event that became significant for the cultural and tourist life of Russia, was included into the list of TOP-15 regional events in Russia straightaway.

The guests were attracted not only by the offered festival program and all-star cast, but also by the opportunity to visit a unique nature and industry landmark, the Ruskeala Mountain ParkThe park is famous for its manmade marble quarries that appeared at the location of marble development during 18th-20th century.  The main open-air festival stage was situated in the pearl of the Ruskeala Mountain Park, in a so-called “Italian quarry”.

The first festival included only one evening concert featuring Symphony orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic. The program of the second festival had seven diverse concerts during two days and the festival became international.   

Artists from Russia, France, China and Argentina performed in the most beautiful scenery of marble quarries created by nature and human hands that attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. In addition to the Symphony orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic, other professional musical groups also performed under the festival programs. 

Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival program was interesting for the public with the most varied tastes and different musical background. The festival program included classical music, contemporary compositions in classical processing, jazz and even artistic word. The interest in the music festival was huge and exceeded the expectations of the organizers. About 6,000 people became festival guests during two days.

Open-air Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival will again become the event of the international scale on August 9-11, 2019.

The first festival evening will continue the tradition of national evenings. Music festival guests will listen to the modern English music, from rock to DJ music and symphony orchestra performed by famous British musicians. The second day will be the day of the stars and will bring outstanding artists and famous groups from five European countries to the festival stage. Masterpieces of world classics, magic of oriental motifs, favorite film music, world crossover and opera competition between two great Russian theaters - the Mariinsky Theater and the Bolshoi Theater - await the audience. The third day is dedicated to the Year of Theater in Russia and will include parades, street performances, musical performances that will guarantee great family time in one of the most beautiful parts of Russia.

In 2019 Ruskeala Symphony Music Festival is organized as a part of a 3-year state plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia in 2020. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Karelia. The general partner of the festival is TUI Russia (ООО «ТТ-Travel)».

Among its main organizers are the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Karelia, Karelian State Philharmonic and the Ruskeala Mountain Park (OOO Kolmas).

Main media partner: Radio Energy Petrozavodsk.

Ruskeala is a small community located 37 km from the Sortavalа town (Southern part of the Republic of Karelia, Russia). The best way to get to Ruskeala is via Sortavala, Petrozavodsk or Sankt-Petersburg. For those who travel from the EU it is possible to get to Ruskeala via Finland (Northern Karelia). Värtsilä-Niirala border crossing point is just 35 km away. During the festival period the Ruskeala Mountain Park will offer additional parking place for 540 cars.

To buy tickets to Ruskeala Symphony music festival on-line, please, visit Ruskeala Symphony music festival website. 

Important information for guests

Ticket to the festival is an entrance ticket to Ruskeala mountain park just during the festival hours:  August, 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; August, 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; August 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests that would like to visit Ruskeala mountain park during other hours must buy regular entrance ticket to the park in the ticket office or website of Ruskeala mountain park. 

Finnish company Lämpöidea offers tours to Ruskeala Symphony music festival from Joensuu.  For more information, please, use this link.

Detailed information about travel, transfer and package tours is presented on the official pages of the festival in social networks. 

Ruskeala Symphony music festival Directorate

+ 7 931 700-23-35 (Viber, WhatsApp)

Email: ruskealasymphony@gmail.com

Website: ruskeala-symphony.com