Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is undeniably Finland's national composer, of unparalleled significance to the history of Finnish music. Sibelius is also Finland's most famous composer internationally, and his music has won admirers in all parts of the globe. With its annual Sibelius Festival, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra aims to gather together Sibelius’s friends from all over the world and to offer them a truly memorable weekend in the company of the great composer's music. The 13th International Sibelius Festival, under the baton of Okko Kamu, the orchestra's principal conductor and the festival’s artistic director, took place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 6–9 September 2012. The theme of the festival was 'Sibelius – Patriot and Mystic' and three orchestral concerts – Scènes Historiques, Press Celebrations Music and Tapiola – were enjoyed.
Kokoro & Moi designed the festival identity with a modern take on national and mystical themes extracted from sources that were important also to Jean Sibelius – Finnish nature, and more specifically the forest. The custom-made ‘Sibelius’ typeface is based on Jean Sibelius's old sheet music typography.