Experience Oulu August Festival!
Welcome to celebrate culture and arts to Oulu region on August 2019
An intimate jazz and rhythm music festival in the heart of Oulu. The festival offers atmospheric concerts in Rauhala area and free gigs at local bars on the first weekend of August.
Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival is known for its top performers, both Finnish and international. The artistic director of the festival is violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala.
Literary art festival Muusajuhlat is the most notable literary happening in Oulu area. The festival brings together poets, writers, musicians, and artists from all around Finland.
Musicians, actors, dancers, writers, and artists take over the streets and parks offering unique experiences for everyone.
Koiteli Elää Music Festival takes place by the Koiteli rapids in Kiiminki, about 20 kilometers from Oulu. The festival’s unique atmosphere is created by music and the surrounding nature.
Incredible performances, international love and big emotions – Welcome to the airiest competition in the world! The Air Guitar World Championships is a celebration of love and peace – the culmination of the world-wide season of air guitar gathers only the best to the battle in Oulu, already for the 24th time in August 2019.
A five-day spectacle of music and moving picture. The best music videos compete in the Finnish Music Video Competition. The festival displays the most fascinating phenomena of pop culture and organizes live clubs and other music video-related activities in local bars.
The extras offer extra wonderful experiences all through August. The events include Flow Circus, silent films, theatre, choir day and an activity day for kids. Oulu August Festival is also joining Oulu Pride!
The Air Guitar World Championships and Oulu August Festival invites everybody to stop climate change and end the wars. #makeairnotwar
Oulu August Festival presents every second year the gifted artists of Oulu region. The programme is seen again in 2020.
Flow Cirus brings Finnish and international top modern circus performances to Oulu August Festival. This year the audience is graced with the exhilarating Flaque.
Incredible performances, international love and big emotions – Welcome to the airiest competition in the world!
The Air Guitar World Championships is a celebration of love and peace – the culmination of the world-wide season of air guitar gathers only the best to the battle in Oulu, already for the 24th time in August 2019. The World final offers performances from the world’s best air guitarists and a magnificent show for old and new friends of air guitar. The Air Guitar World Championships also offers a cheerful side programme in addition to the contest events.
Dark Horses Qualifying Round
Dark Horses Qualifying Round is the last chance to win a spot at the World Final. The intimate night is dedicated only for the courageous Dark Horses – who travel across the world to climb on the stage to show their talent to the jury.
Only the best contestants will pass to the next level and get to challenge the official National Champions and the defending World Champion, fabulous Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura from Japan.
Fancy a spot at the competition? Reveal your airness, read the instructions and sign up to the contest by filling out the entry form before deadline.
Once the contest is over, everyone has a chance to show their talent at Aireoke hosted by the legendary Björn Türoque!
Symposium for Climate Change and World Peace
Air Guitar World Championships and Oulu August Festival are organizing a Symposium for Climate Change and World Peace on the 23rd of August at 14-18 in Rotuaari in Oulu city centre. The event is open to everyone and free of charge.
Please note that the event is mostly in Finnish apart from Nønne Prisle’s Keynote speech.
14.00 Welcoming words
14.05 Keynote: Doc. Ph.D. Nønne Prisle (in English)
14.30 Youth panel discussion: Nuoret! Nyt, prkl!
15.20 Keynote: Europe Minister Tytti Tuppurainen
15.45 Panel discussion: Kiertotalous, tule ja pelasta/ Circular economy, come and save us?
16.30 Pirjo Yli-Maunula: La Mer (dance solo from the piece The Secret Garden)
16.40 The final of the world-saving idea competition
17.30 Music: Ylva Haru
18.00 Thank you!
The symposium combines knowledge to culture and carnival with emotions. In the event practical solutions are being sought to combat climate change, both from science and art point of view of, and by searching for new ideas. The program includes keynote speakers, panel discussions from the perspective of young people and the circular economy, the final of the World-saving Idea Competition, culture and air guitar! The event is hosted by Kati Jurkko.
The first panel discussion tackles the youth’s possibilities to make a difference. The panel consists of Youth Council ONE’s Kalle Kääriäinen, The Committee for a 100’s Nora Luoma, environmental influencer and town councilor Riikka Karppinen and AIESEC’s Hilla Mettovaara.
The second panel discussion focuses on finding personal solutions to further world peace and to reduce climate change anxiety. The panel includes Oulu Energia Group’s Heikki Harju- Autti and actress Terhi Suorlahti.
In the World-saving Idea Competition the idea is to stop climate change and save the world. An impressive group of professionals in brain-storming, business and solutions make up our esteemed jury: Business and Community Developer Niina Karvinen from Business Kitchen, Food Specialist Kaisa Myllykangas from ProAgria and Oulu City Climate Expert Maarit Talvitie. The competition is hosted by Simo Kekäläinen.
Air Guitar World Championships Final
The Air Guitar World Championships Final is a celebration of love and peace – the culmination of the world-wide season of air guitar and gathers only the best to the battle on stage in front of international crowd and media. The World Final offers performances of the world’s best air guitarists and magnificent show for both old and new friends of air guitar.
The National Champions and Dark Horses will challenge the reigning World Champion, Nanami “Seven Seas” from Japan. Only one of them can be the master of Air and leave the stage with the shiniest trophy. The winner will be awarded with unique Flying Finn guitar, handmade by Mr. Matti Nevalainen.
The Final is hosted by the esteemed Master of Airemonies, Dan “Björn Türoque” Crane.