Art Centre Salmela is one of Finland’s biggest summertime cultural events. One of the salient goals of Salmela’s activity is to preserve, enliven and take into use the cultural historically significant environment.

Opening hours

Salmela’s exhibitions are open 9.6.-12.8.2018 daily 11am-6pm.

Exhibition admission

Adults 12 €, students 9 €, group ticket 11 €/per person, children under 16 y.o. 5 €, children under 7 y.o. free admission, season ticket 20 €

Location and contact information

Mäntyharjuntie 25, FI-52700 Mäntyharju
tel. +358 50 3388 114,

Exhibition 2018

The artists for the summer 2018 have been published. Featured in the exhibitions for the upcoming summer are visual artists Juhani Linnovaara, Paavo Pelvo, Susanna Pälviä, Jasmina Ijäs, Enni Kömmistö, Matti Metsämaa, partners Tuomo Rosenlund and Johanna Pohjavirta, sculptors Arvo Siikamäki, Kimmo Schroderus, Olli Mantere, Johanna Häiväoja and Mi Kuoppa, and painters Marika Mäkelä, Jan Neva, Antti Hakkarainen, Eeva Vesterinen, Jakke Haapanen, Taneli Stenberg and Igor Baranov.

Salmela’s Youth Artist is chosen annually and this time the choice was painter Antti Hakkarainen (born in 1985). Hakkarainen’s, who is from Nurmes, paintings are based on his own experiences of nature. He placed third in Art Center Salmela’s visual arts competition for young artists in 2016.

A portrait exhibition of our greatest sports heroes

Culture and sports will face each other in Salmela this summer, through the “Finland’s sports heroes” – portrait installation. The installation is an homage to our top athletes who have for years dedicated themselves to the cause of Finnish sports and national spirit. Creating the portraits is left in the capable hands of Salmela’s young artists whose work is also otherwise displayed in the exhibitions. Both the athletes and the artists have special talent. They both need to work determinedly but also creatively and innovatively.

Featured in the installation are rally driver Marcus Grönholm (Topi Ruotsalainen), ski jumper Matti Nykänen (Henna Pohjola), javelin thrower Tero Pitkämäki (Taneli Stenberg), snowboarder Enni Rukajärvi (Tiina Suikkanen), ice hockey player Teemu Selänne (Netta Tiitinen), boxer Eva Wahlström (Essi Peltonen) and long-distance runner Lasse Virén (Nana Matikkala). After the exhibition closes in Salmela, the portraits will be relocated at display in the all-new Urheilumuseo, which opens in 2019.

Events 2018

Sat 9th of June, 1.30 pm
Mieskuoro laulajat & Mika Pohjonen
tickets 30-50 €, incl. exhibition admission

Fri 29th of June, 7pm
DDT Jazzband & Jussi Raittinen, the anniversary concert
tickets 40 €

Wed 11th of July, 3 pm and 7 pm (2 concerts)
Waltteri Torikka & Arto Paju Big Band
tickets 45 €

Thu 19th of July, 7pm
Jorma Uotinen & Helena Lindgren
tickets 40 €

Sun 29th of July, 2.30 pm
Quantico Marine Corps Band (Virginia, USA)
Concert arranged together with Hamina Tattoo
tickets 40 €

Ticket reservations tel. +358 50 3388 114,

Note! The concert program may be subject to change. All rights reserved.

This is Salmela

Salmela is situated in the historical parish village of Mäntyharju by the Lake Pyhävesi. Salmela has total of approximately 1000 m² of exhibition space. An old 1850s built parish cottage works as the oldest exhibition room. Exhibition continues at the cultural historically valuable Domander exhibition grounds which is located some 150 metres from the main building. Milieu includes the old pharmacy, post office, servant’s quarters and outbuildings.

Salmela’s exhibition spaces are joined together by a lovely landscape park with gazebos. The landscape park was opened in 2002 and it includes the sculpture park, gazebos and café-restaurant Kesäheinä which functions both as an exhibition space and promoter of culinary art. A pond has been built in the landscape park and in the vicinity of the pond stand the gazebos designed by architects C.L.Engel, Wivi Lönn and Aino Marsio.

Exhibition buildings have been taken into use in accordance with Unesco’s recommendations and the guidelines by the National Board of Antiquities, and they have undergone extensive renovation work approved by the Board. The milieu includes also Finland’s second largest wooden church, the 1850s built Mäntyharju church, where Art Centre Salmela holds concerts. Church is located just accross from Salmela’s main building.


Mäntyharju is an advanced rural community in Eastern Finland and a border parish of Savo. The boundary of three tribes, the Häme, Savo and Karelia peoples, is located in the municipality area. The current inhabitants of Mäntyharju are mainly of Savo lineage.

Due to its unique nature and high-quality central services, Mäntyharju’s cultural community offers great conditions for enterprise, living and leisure activities. Our first-class municipal services are produced through democratic decision-making in which great value is placed on the participation of the inhabitants.

Currently Mäntyharju has approximately 6,000 residents. In the summer, the services provided in the centre are in part like those of a town and satisfy the needs of both the inhabitants and visitors. The business centre has several banks, restaurants, an off-licence, health centre and diverse commercial services. Over 4,000 inhabitants live in the centre.

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