An event that should have happened many years ago finally took place in Helsinki in 2016. A concert where Vladimir Vysottsky's songs had been sung in 6 languages took place on January 26 in International Center of Culture CAISA.
Vysotsky's songs have been translated in 216 languages. Of course there are just one or two songs that were translated in exotic languages, such as orochi or miaori, but there are more than a thousand translations in English and Polish. There are hundreds of translations in Bulgarian, Armenian, Czech or Hebrew.
Now finally quantity transitioned into quality.
Creative society "SATA KIELI", which can be translated from Finnish as "One Hundred Languages", "One Hundred Strings" or even "Nightingale" organized the first really international concert which was called "VYSOTSKI FEST INTERNATIONAL". Maybe it will be too soon to call it a festival, however, VYSOTSKY FEST became a real joy for all participants and viewers.
A hall with 180 seats could not accommodate all of those who wanted to attend. Vladimir Vysotsky's songs were sung in Finnish, French, Russian, Italian, English and Swedish. Manners of singers were quite different. For example, Swedish duo presented songs-sketches but duo from Turku sang in a folk manner. The same songs sounded differently in different languages. Italian and Finnish interpretations were so different that it seemed that they were singing different songs. Some songs were sung in Russian, so Vysotsky's words, ideas and tones sounded without accent.
The first International VYSOTSKI FEST was successful.
We continued this tradition and made our "fest" a full-fledged international song festival of Vladimir Vysotsky. Since 2017, we have expanded the geography of the festival and now it takes place at the best concert venues in Helsinki and Espoo. There are plans to hold festival concerts in Vantaa, Tampere and Turku. We invite fans of Vysotsky's songs to our festival.
In 2018, we will hold three concerts from 26 to 28 January in Malmitalo, the Cello Library and the Russian Center for Science and Culture. If you are going to come as a spectator, we recommend that you buy tickets for festival concerts in advance.
Those of you who would like to perform at the festival in 2019 can send an application to the organizers of the festival. The maximum duration of the performance is 20 minutes, it is desirable to perform the translations of Vladimir Vysotsky's songs in different languages.
The list of participants is compiled on the basis of the applications received by the decision of the organizing committee. The Committee sends an invitation to each performer.