Finland 100 cultural highlights abroad
Finland celebrates independence centenary in 2017. The centenary year has inspired thousands of Finns and friends of Finland to build the historic year together: more than 2,200 projects have been included to the centenary year programme.
In 2017 tens of thousands of events and gatherings will be organised around Finland under the name Finland 100. The celebrations also reach beyond Finland’s borders: the big year is celebrated at least in 70 different countries and on five different continents.
We listed some of the centenary year cultural highlights around the world in 2017.
To celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra performs a mini-festival of three concerts devoted to Finnish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The concerts include acclaimed conductors, such as Osmo Vänskä, Anna-Maria Helsing and Erkki Lasonpalo and compositions by composers who need no introductions: Jean Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho and Kalevi Aho. Also, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra is the first orchestra outside Finland to perform Moomin hit songs.
Finnish tunes and classic compositions can also be heard in Russia as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra celebrates the centenarian with a tour to Russia. The Orchestra’s programme entails Erkki Melasniemi’s symphonic poem Traumgesicht, Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto and Beethoven’s symphony No. 3. The concerts will be held in Moscow, Vyborg and Saint Petersburg.
Finnish design in the limelight
Mobile Home 2017 is a joint project of the Finnish Institutes of Paris, Benelux countries, Berlin and London. The Finland 100 project explores and interprets the different meanings of home in 2017 through architecture, art, design and society in four European metropolises. For example, the Finnish Institute in Paris has transformed into a Finnish cottage village with rentable rooms filled with Finnish design.
Echoes exhibition is an aesthetic narrative of Finnish architecture and design, created in honour of Finland’s independence centenary. Echoes presents the classics of Finnish design and architecture alongside less well-known gems. The exhibition launches from Warsaw and travels to Bratislava, Prague and Berlin in the course of 2017.
Sámi arts and culture
The Sámi event “Lapland – Tracing the Sámi of Finland” takes place in the museum of primitive art, Musée du Quai Branly, in Paris. The event offer a rich set of Sámi music, art, films, literature and crafts.
The event also generates discussions of Europe’s only indigenous people, the Sámi’s rights as well as the development of their socio-political situation in the society and in Europe during the past hundred years.
Tom of Finland
Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991) alias Tom of Finland is one of the most internationally acclaimed Finnish artists. His homoerotic works became iconic stereotypes of masculine gay men throughout the world. The exhibition “Touko Laaksonen: the man behind Tom of Finland”, which explores the rise of the gay movement and wider political, sociological and cultural impact of Tom of Finland’s work, takes place in Salon Dahlmann in Berlin.
Finland’s centenary year also marks the premier of the official feature film about Tom of Finland.
Finnish ballet spectacle
The Finnish ballet dancers glide gracefully across the stage in Copenhagen when the Finnish National Ballet’s smash hit ballet the Snow Queen visits the Royal Danish Ballet.
Finland’s National Ballet performs the Snow Queen four times at the Royal Danish Ballet. The ballet has been a huge hit and critical success that has sold out every performance in the past three years in Finland.
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