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The most traditional summer stage
in Helsinki

The historic Espa Stage is a summer stage located in Esplanade Park in the heart of Helsinki.

The free concerts on the summer stage attract both local residents and tourists. Young professional musicians and veteran artists from Finland and abroad are seen in dozens of concerts on the stage. In the winter season, art is seen on stage, and during the darkest time the Lux Helsinki light artwork has glowed on the stage.

Summers have traditionally been punctuated by Jazz Espa, which has been called the longest jazz festival in Finland and Etno-Espa, a folk music festival. The Espa Stage also buzzes during Night of the Arts, Helsinki Day and during other major events.

The performances continue from May to August. Concerts are arranged mainly from Wednesdays to Fridays. Arrive in good time to get the best seats. During the performances, you can enjoy refreshments on the terrace of Restaurant Kappeli opposite.

The Espa Stage is part of the City of Helsinki Culture and Leisure Division’s general cultural services.



Contact us:


EMMALIISA KAIKKONEN 

Cultural producer
p. 09 3103 7659, 040 4857 707
emmaliisa.kaikkonen(at)hel.fi 
espanlava(at)hel.fi


JOONAS PERNILÄ

Sound manager
p. 09 3101 5952, 040 5066 639
joonas.pernila(at)hel.fi
​​​​​​​espanlava(at)hel.fi

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We are part of the City of Helsinki

The Espa Stage is part of the City of Helsinki Culture and Leisure Division’s general cultural services.

Savoy Theatre organizes Espa Stage.



History of the Espa Stage

The first music pavilion ​​​​​​​was built in 1881

The current form of the Espa Stage originates from the late 70s, but Esplanadi Park has been a venue for live music for much longer. Restaurant Kappeli opened its doors in the summer of 1867, on the day of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim’s birth. The first, admittedly modest music pavilion was built in front of Restaurant Kappeli in 1881. Six years later, it was replaced with a new music pavilion designed by architect Blomqvist and adorned with towers and flower ornaments. The eastern end of the esplanade became a stylistically harmonious whole.

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The current stage took form in 1975

Stylistically, the current performance stage sits somewhere between classicism and functionalism, as designed by the architecture agency Jung & Jung. There used to be glass pavilions on both sides of the audience area. Four flagpoles were placed symmetrically on both sides between the pavilions and the stage to give the setting more definition.

In the 1960s, the glass pavilions and flagpoles were removed as the Kappeliesplanadi area was reorganised. In 1975, the stage was expanded by building a protruding outdoor stage in front of the existing performance stage. The change work was completed in 1976, whereby two display cases on pedestals were placed asymmetrically on the right side of the stage: one on the south side, the other by the planting areas on the north side.

In 1987, the Espa Stage was transferred from the Helsinki Festival organisation to the cultural centre and Savoy Theatre.