The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra offers people interested in the classical and orchestral music a wide range of possibilities to enjoy and delve into the world of a symphony orchestra. The secrets of the orchestral music are unveiled, for example, in the “Meet the Artist” events on Season Concert evenings. The events are available for free for the audience.
There are also special VIP events for the Season Ticket Customers where they are introduced to guest artists of the season and provided with news and information on the upcoming concerts, events and seasons.
The City of Kuopio Cultural Services provide activities for the elderly and groups with special needs. The aim is to promote their wellbeing by organizing cultural experiences and opportunities for these groups. The purpose is to enable senior citizens to maintain an active life, to develop accessible cultural and art services and activities for the elderly, to educate the health care workers for the elderly on the wealth of the cultural services as well as the professionals of the cultural services on health care for the elderly and also to provide and create more work opportunities for the artists.
There is a group of activity-based peer support persons in the city of Kuopio who can help the elderly to maintain their independence and good health and promote their wellbeing by encouraging and accompanying them, for example, to the Kuopio Symphony Orchestras concerts. The range of these ‘wellbeing’ interventions includes different kinds of activities to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Cultural Services also organize different activities, like the Cultural Cafe for senior citizens aged 60 and above (in Finnish Kulttuurikahvila 60+). The Cultural Café’s afternoon sessions where senior citizens can meet other people, hear and talk about interesting culture themes, take place in different locations around the city, for example, at the Kuopio Music Centre.
More information on cultural services, activities and events for the elderly can be found at the Kulttuurirohdot publication.
Cultural Coordinator of the City of Kuopio
tel. 044 718 24 69.
The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra participates in 2020-2021 in a project Accessible Orchestras where Finnish and British orchestras team up to develop accessible services and activities for the elderly. The two-year project coordinated by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras will support equal accessibility to culture and the arts by seeking ways of bringing orchestra activities closer to those among the ageing population who are unable to attend concerts in person. The aim of the project is to promote a sense of community and the active inclusion of elderly people through art. In addition to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, other Finnish orchestras participating in the Accessible Orchestras project include Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Participating orchestras from the UK include the City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and three others. The producers of these orchestras will convene in both Helsinki and London during the 2020–21 season to pilot new ideas and share ideas with each other for working with the elderly.