Open Stage

What is Open Stage?

Open Stage is a series of performances held annually on the Espa Stage, the performers of which are selected through an open call. Open Stage welcomes choirs, vocal and instrumental bands, dance and circus schools and other performances!

In the summer of 2022, Open Stage performances are held from May to August on the following days:

Tue 24 May | Mon 20 Jun | Tue 21 Jun | Mon 4 Jul
Mon 15 Aug | Tue 16 Aug | Mon 29 Aug | Tue 30 Aug

Each performance is to begin in the early evening, from 4 p.m. onwards.


The application period for 2022 begins on 21 February and ends on 23 March.​​​​​​​


Open Stage is intended for communities, choirs and passionate hobbyists. No fees or remunerations are paid for Open Stage shows.



This year, the Open Stage programme is carried out in collaboration with Radio Helsinki!

​​​​​​​Some of the concerts will be broadcast on Radio Helsinki’s frequencies in the summer.Radio Helsinki will curate which performers selected for the Espa Stage will have their performances broadcast on radio!


Details about the stage

The Espa Stage is 9.5 metres wide and 5.5 metres in depth. The outdoor stage in front of the glass structure is an additional 2.5 metres in depth. There are social spaces for performers, two toilets and a small cooking area beneath the stage.

The Espa Stage provides a compact PA system and a small lighting rig, but only in the summer.

More information about the stage and the equipment: espanlava@hel.fi


Other performances on the espa stage

The Espa Stage features performances throughout the summer. The programme includes high-quality festivals and theme days featuring Finland’s top artists, international visitors and surprising performer combinations. The organisers of each festival and event recruit the performers for these events directly and are responsible for the performers’ agreements and fees. No open application process is held for these events.

Nothing interesting in the Espa Stage programme? You can hire the stage for your own event. Read more here.