Aaltoja! Kotka light and sound festival 2023

When the days are getting shorter and darker, what would be a better way to celebrate than with some breathtaking light and sound art pieces. Aaltoja! Valoa ja ääntä Kotkassa is a city festival focusing on just that - light and sound. The main goal is to bring some joy and festival feeling to those dark and cold evenings of October. During the four days of the festival there are various light and sound art pieces and extra lighting around the city. The map can be found here (in Finnish): FESTIVAL MAP

The festival route is walkable and in total around 3 kilometres long.

Photos from previous years: GALLERY

Dates and times

The festival runs from 18th to 21st of October. On Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm till 9pm and on Friday and Saturday from 6pm till 10pm.


The festival is held in the centre of Kotka but there are also some distant venues. Venues outside the city centre are: Kymin kirkko (address: Suntionkatu 18, 48600 Kotka), old courthouse in Karhula (address: Karhulantie 38, 48600 Kotka), Kyminlinna (address: Sutelantie 84, 48400 Kotka), Sutela (address: Sunilantie 11, 48900 Kotka).  MAP


The festival programme includes a lot of special events by different organizations. The main stage is located at Lehmuskuja, next to Sibeliuksenpuisto, where the festival food market is. The whole programme (in Finnish): PROGRAMME



Tiia Heikkilä, p. +385 40 688 3930, tiia.heikkila(a)

Hanna Teelahti, p. +358 40 190 6815,