Centenarian Finland ready for Midsummer
Traditionally, Finns spend Midsummer at their cottages; relaxing, barbecuing, and heating up their saunas. But you can enjoy the Midnight sun in many other ways, too. The centenary year’s Midsummer celebrations include a dance party in a Renaissance villa, conquering a fell, and a nostalgic Midsummer in the city!
Finnish Midsummer around the world
To mark Finland’s centenary, the Finnish Midsummer is celebrated around the world. The Finnish Institute in Rome organises a Midsummer night’s dance party, which takes place in a Renaissance villa Villa Lante on 21 and 22 June. The programme includes Nordic jazz, modern folk music, and tango, among other things. There will also be a scientific seminar that introduces Midsummer from different points of view.
Embassy of Finland in Berlin brings the Finnish Midsummer in the middle of Berlin’s Tiergarten. The inner courtyard of the Nordic embassies will be turned into a Finnish Midsummer festival. Everyone is welcome to join the party and to get to know Finnish midsummer traditions. The event offers musical performances by Iiro Rantala, Dalindèo, and Helsinki-based Cantores Minores choir. The guests get to experience the best parts of the Finnish Midsummer: Finnish birch trees, delicacies, and the warmth of a Finnish sauna. The party will also be streamed online.
Would you like to spend your midsummer in a medieval village in Italy? In honour of the 100-year-old Finland, the Finland Society in Rimini will organise a Midsummer party in Villa Amarcord on 24 June. The programme includes a centenary exhibition, featuring Finnish everyday utensils and watercolor paintings, and a Finnish vocal music concert.
The Finnish Seamen’s Mission in Brussels and the Finnish Association in Belgium will join forces and celebrate Midsummer on 24 June. The party is open for everyone, and will include food and music, not to forget dancing. Two bands, Viva Melancolia and Late Special, will entertain the guests.
Midsummer in the city or on top of a fell
Saana fell in Enontekiö, Lapland, has been the centre of different Midsummer sports events since 1946. In addition to traditional sports like skiing, orienteering, mountain running and boot throwing, one of the highlights will be conquering Saana fell on Midsummer night – together.
You can also experience Midsummer in the city on 23 June in Seurasaari, Helsinki. Music, games, Midsummer poles and bonfires create a nostalgic feeling to the festival. The festival will also offer plenty of dancing: children’s polonaise, folk dances from Western and Eastern Finland, and a memorable first dance by a couple who has chosen to get married at this year’s festival.
How about spending Midsummer at a farm? Koivuniemen Herra, a farm in Merikarvia, organises a Midsummer event on 23 June. The event’s themes are traditions and the countryside. One of the highlights will be a Finland 100 Midsummer pole. The programme also includes tractor rides, horse carriages, and a Midsummer bonfire.