Culture for all senses

Func­tion­ing as a major water­way between the tim­ber indus­try and urban cen­ters, the Heinävesi route pass­es through dis­tinc­tive vil­lages. The canal envi­ron­ment itself is a cul­tur­al attrac­tion, and many vil­lages host var­i­ous events and liv­ing cul­tur­al her­itage dis­plays around the canals. Heinävesi Music Fes­ti­val at the mag­nif­i­cent Heinävesi Church and sum­mer art exhi­bi­tions placed with­in the church inte­ri­or pro­vide mem­o­rable expe­ri­ences. How­ev­er, in the sum­mer 2024, the church is under ren­o­va­tion, and con­certs have new loca­tions. Dur­ing the sum­mer, the­ater per­for­mances take place on the stage by Ker­mankos­ki, and the week­ends are filled with dancers. In Kirkonkylä, you can explore an inter­est­ing cul­tur­al trail.


Monastery Museum and Cultural Center

Mart­ta Wen­delin Exhi­bi­tion “Gold Dust on Peo­ple’s Paths” open until April 7, 2024

Sum­mer Exhi­bi­tion “Heav­en­ly Light” opens on May 9, 2024. The exhi­bi­tion brings togeth­er the oth­er­world­ly, almost bib­li­cal land­scape paint­ings of artist Petri Ala-Maunus and the angel-themed icons of Valamo Monastery.

Kermankoski stage

See the pro­gram for summer2024

Kermakosken tanssilavalla tanssii ihmisiä

Cultural route in Heinävesi Center

The Heinävesi cul­tur­al trail winds through the vil­lage cen­ter along paved roads, mak­ing it eas­i­ly acces­si­ble for peo­ple of all fit­ness lev­els. You can down­load and explore the des­ti­na­tion signs found along the route.

Heinävesi’s long and still vibrant history

You can explore ancient sites through blogs and videos from the links pro­vid­ed. Heinäd­e­den muinais­seu­ra ry also orga­nizes guid­ed tours to ancient sites, where you can learn about var­i­ous stone for­ma­tions (e.g., foot stones and sac­ri­fi­cial stones), caves, and rock paint­ings