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Finland as a guest at the Münsterland Festival part 12

Festival autumn 2023 with music, art and culture from Northern Europe

MÜNSTERLAND. For the twelfth edition, the guests will come from the European North: Finland is the focus of Münsterland Festival part 12, bringing music, art and culture to Münsterland from 6 October to 5 November 2023. The first programme items of the festival, organised by Münsterland e.V., have already been determined; the complete programme will be published in summer 2023. It can already be pre-ordered in printed form via the website

The Münsterland Festival part 12 will begin on 6 October 2023 at one of the most central cultural venues in the region: the LWL Museum of Art and Culture in Münster. From then on, the artists from the host country Finland will tour the entire region and invite visitors to discover their music and art at special locations in Münsterland.

Guests will include well-known faces as well as exciting up-and-coming musicians: "Of course Iiro Rantala will be there, one of Finland's best-known jazz pianists. With his outstanding piano craft, he already thrilled Münsterland Festival fans in 2019 at the anniversary edition. This year he will be performing with the Münster Symphony Orchestra on 7 October at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate in Oelde and on 2 November at the Draiflessen Conference in Mettingen," emphasises Christine Sörries, once again artistic director of the festival. "But younger musicians such as Antti Paalanen on the accordion, Elia Lombardini with his violin or the jazz musician Timo Lassy will also perform and interpret their instruments in an exciting way."

In addition to the musical highlights, many other formats are planned that focus on the culture and way of life of the Finnish guests. This much can be revealed: the Finnish sauna will also be there. And again at and in the many exciting locations of the region. "Once again, our festival invites you not only to experience cultural Finland, but also to discover Münsterland in a new or different way," says Lars Krolik, festival director at Münsterland e.V. "In doing so, we are working closely with our host country and are planning several collaborations, including with the Finland Institute and the Visit Finland institution."

As early as May, the three print artists Janne Laine, Minna Louhelainen and Tiina Kivinen will come to the print workshop at Kloster Bentlage for a ten-day residency. Their works will then be on display there and at the FARB Forum Altes Rathaus Borken in the autumn.

Further information on the Münsterland Festival part 12 will follow in the coming months. An overview of all previous festival editions as well as the possibility to pre-order the programme book and subscribe to the newsletter can be found at

Note to editors

If you need further press information, for example for the publication of a calendar, a look into the year 2023 or similar, please contact Eva Stannigel,, 02571 949304. Otherwise we will contact you in the coming months with further information about the Münsterland Festival part 12.

Organiser: Münsterland e.V.
Festival director: Lars Krolik (Münsterland e.V.) Artistic director: Christine Sörries

Partners and sponsors

Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Regional Culture Programme NRW), Münsterland districts (Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt and Warendorf), City of Münster, LWL Cultural Department (Cultural Fund), Finland Institute, Visit Finland, Music Finland, Hilde and Bodo Crone Foundation, Sparkasse Münsterland Ost, Sparkasse Westmünsterland, Kreissparkasse Steinfurt, Münsterland Art and Culture Foundation, KulturStiftung Masthoff, Münsterland-Siegel, kultur.west (media partner), Westfalenspiegel (media partner), WDR 3 (cultural partner).

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