A small rural town creates an ideal setting for meetings between artists and the public. The works of Finnish and international names of contemporary dance are presented on three stages. There is also a rich course offering and discussion sessions.
The Festival of Full Moon Dances was held for the first time in 1992. The festival began with the long-standing need to create new performances in the field of dance, especially for young choreographers and dancers who have just graduated. In the 1990s, the explosive growth of Nykytan needed its own festival, where the views of artists were taken into account and developed under the conditions of dance art. It was also considered necessary to create a forum that would allow different experiments and create opportunities for discussion and feedback, including between the audience and the performers. The festival became the birthplace of the town of Pyhajarvi, which had been a lively dancer for over twenty years. The city of Pyhasalmi is known for its particularly lively dance performance in a city with just under seven thousand inhabitants. In Pyhajarvi, they have visited and taught almost all known Finnish dance artists. Since 1998, the festival has been accepted as a member of Finland Festivalsinn. In 1999, Finland Festivals nominated Pyhäjärvi Täydenkuun Dance as a festival of the year.