The contemporary music festival Time of Music organized yearly in Viitasaari, Finland will receive a new Executive director from the beginning of the year 2019, Mikko Vehkaperä. Former director Vilja Ruokolainen will move to new challenges after rewarding 6 years. Composer Johan Tallgren is continuing as an Artistic director.
Mikko Vehkaperä has worked as the Head of study affairs at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi since 2004. He majored in administrative sciences and did his Master’s thesis in 2003 about the regional economic impacts of music festivals and the public-private partnership in organizing festivals. Alongside the university career he has produced different cultural projects especially involving choirs. Latest projects have been the leadership of festival KontraPunctum in Rovaniemi during years 2014-2016 and producing the international Encanto Festival in Kauniainen and Helsinki in 2017 and 2018. This December Vehkaperä will graduate with excellence as a Cultural producer from Humak University of applied sciences. As a specialist of early music the consonance loving countertenor will hop into the swirls of contemporary music at Time of Music with great interest.
Next edition of Time of Music Festival will be organized in Viitasaari, Finland July 2-8, 2019.
More information from Executive director Vilja Ruokolainen, [email protected], +358 40 564 5501.