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Theatre and Dance

Kokkola has a long tradition of theatre and offers high-level theatrical performances by both professionals and amateurs.

The Kokkola Municipal Theatre
The Kokkola Municipal Theatre, located at Vartiolinna (Torikatu 48), is rich in atmosphere. The theatre makes good use of the city’s diverse cultural expertise. You will find the programme on the theatre’s website (see link).

Amateur theatres
There are three amateur theatres with a regular programme in Kokkola. Two of the theatres are over a hundred years old. Karleby Ungdomsförening (KUF, Kokkola Swedish youth club), founded in 1894, maintains a Swedish-language amateur theatre at Jungsborg, its premises at Poikkikatu 8. The theatre is known for its annual New Year Variety Show and its activities for children and young people. Ykspihlajan Työväen Näyttämö (YTN, Ykspihlaja workers’ theatre) was founded in 1907. Its home stage is at the Ykspihlaja headquarters (Satamakatu 40). Apart from its varied and high-level programme, the theatre also offers activities for children and youth. Kokkolan Iltanäyttelijät (evening actors of Kokkola) at the Iltatähti theatre (Pitkänsillankatu 1-3) present several premieres every year. The theatre is centrally situated and hosts a number of guest performances. Iltanäyttelijät also have their own youth groups and courses for those interested in amateur theatre.

Even the villages around the town center are having their own clubs for amateur theatre. These clubs are producing their own performances and they are giving local citizens possibilities to do theatre as a hobby. More information about these theatre-clubs you can find from our register of organisations.

Summer theatre and opera
Every year, the local theatres are giving performances based on the maritime nature of the city or its historical environment. The Kokkola Music and Theatre Week, arranged by the Kokkola Opera, brings high-level opera to Kokkola during the summer.

You will find further information about theatre programmes and summer events on the appropriate websites and in the events calendar.

Dance events
The Kokkola Winter Dance is a dance event of national importance, arranged every year in February. You can also enjoy dance in Kokkola at the performances of the Ballet School of the Conservatory  and the Performing Art School of Kokkola. The programme of the dance events may be found in the events calendar. There are several dance and movement art organisations in the city, offering hobby activities for all ages. You will find further information about these organisations in our register of organisations.

Dance lessons
Dance lessons for children and young people are available in Kokkola at the Ballet School of Conservatory and the Performing Art School of Kokkola. The links on the right will take you to the appropriate websites.


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