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Summer Opening in the Museum Courtyards 2024

Welcome to the City of Kokkola’s summer opening, which this year will be held in the museum courtyards!
The day starts with children’s program in the Museum Quarter (at 11.00 – 14.00) and continues with musical performances at the Roos House (at 14.00 – 17.00).

The event is supervised by the funny Gorilla Police, whose street theater performance can be experienced throughout the day in both courtyards.

For the full program and more information, see below.

Museum Quarter at 11.00 – 14.00

  • Summer Music Rally

    Come and sing, dance, jump and learn. All you need is a happy mind – welcome!

    Dance performance and workshop

    Regional Dance Center of Ostrobothnia regional artist Jussi Hanhirova works at the intersection of art, science and technology, developing methods to enable interaction between the latest technology and contemporary dance. When human dance meets computational algorithms, artificial intelligence acts as an enabler for new innovations, offering new tools for choreographic work.

    Jussi Hanhirova will be touring from the end of May to mid-June in Ostrobothnia, giving workshops and performing for a diverse audience.

    Summer Music Rally

    Come and sing, dance, jump and learn. All you need is a happy mind – welcome!

  • Carving workshop
    11.00 – 14.00 (nonstop)

    In this carving workshop, an insect hotel is made for the useful bugs in the garden. The workshop is non-stop and suitable for families (note: an adult must be present).

    At the same time, you can familiarize yourself with Kieppi’s collections and Jani Ylikangas’ photography exhibition The Hazel Grouse of the Fable Forest.

    Please note. The workshop is in Finnish only.

  • Art workshop
    11.00 – 14.00 (nonstop)

    In this art workshop you can create two- and three-dimensional creations from colorful ice cream sticks. The workshop is led by Elina Försti, whose exhibition This is how it should be seen! is on display in the exhibition hall. The workshop is non-stop and suitable for all ages.

    Please note. The workshop is in Finnish and Swedish.

Roos House at 14.00 – 17.00

  • Duo Peltokurki

    The hard-working duo Peltokurki offers soulful pop songs from the north. The magic of the symbiotic duo Anna Peltomaa and Emma Kurkinen is based on strong vocal harmonies and the ability to see the world with sensitivity. The music combines lyricism and power. Peltokurki’s debut album was released in March 2021, and the duo is currently working on their second album, which will be released in the fall of 2024.


    It all started at Kiviniitty middle school and a Star Boy performance, which Aku, Heiska and Teemu did a unique rap version of. This year, this local trio is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their rap band Rappänä.

    Jesse Kaikuranta

    Jesse Kaikuranta, who once lived in Kokkola, is a Finnish pop artist whose calm voice and big hits have captured the hearts of Finns for over ten years. In spring 2024, the artist’s new single Tuu tuu tupakkarulla shows a completely new and more electronic side of the artist.

    Each performance lasts 40 minutes.

  • Guided tours
    at 14:40 and 15:40

    During the guided tours, you can learn more about the exhibition And the war was terrible and about the history of Roos House.

    Please note. The tours are in Swedish and English only.

  • Pop-up pizza cart: Hungro Pizza
    Hungro Pizza’s cart offers Neapolitan pizza and cold drinks.

    Graphic art sales
    Art school graduate Alexander Granqvist will be selling his work.

The Gorilla Police
11.00 – 17.00 (in both courtyards)

Kuuma Ankanpoikanen’s enthusiastic Gorilla Police keep Kokkola tidy and welcoming during the Summer Opening in the Museum Courtyards.

The Gorilla Police are low-key, childlike and very keen to do their duty. Their job description includes frantic detective work, attempts to revive drug dogs, arrests, sophisticated tea parties and concentrated tricycle rides.

This best-selling street theater show is endearing, surprising and astonishingly funny. It shows that officialdom on the ground can bring pure joy.

Language: unspoken
Age groups: +3
Concept and performance: Kuuma Ankanpoikanen

Summer Opening in the museum courtyards: Program poster