The Nordics join Finland’s centenary celebrations
Join the Finland 100 festival crowd in Stockholm or learn more about Finland as a design nation at the 100 objects from Finland exhibition in Oslo. The Nordic countries offer a wide variety of events during Finland’s centenary of independence in 2017. Nordic embassies, organisations, and private persons have come together to create memorable Finland-themed events throughout the year.
One of the Nordic highlights takes place on 1st of June, when all the Nordic heads of state gather in Helsinki to celebrate Finland’s centenary. The meeting will be historic.
Blue and white bond, fireworks for Finland
The celebrations in the Nordic countries are organised by associations, embassies, organisations, cultural institutes, and private persons. In the Nordic countries one can find about a hundred Finland 100 projects introducing Finnish culture.
Festival STHLM/SUOMI takes over the Kungsträdgården park in central Stockholm between 24-26 August. The festival-goers can enjoy Finnish music, food, entertainment, exhibitions, and discussions during the three-day festival. The festival is open for everyone, free of charge.
Another Swedish city, Göteborg, celebrates Finland’s centenary all year round with a wide selection of different kinds of events. For example, a project called Blue and white bond – Finland 100 entails a Finland-themed family day in Bohus Fortress on 17 June. On the Finnish independence day, 6 December, the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Sweden will present a centenary concert, and Göteborg’s trams will carry the Finnish flag.
Malmö Museum’s exhibition Fireworks for Finland showcases Finnish art, design and fashion and offers angles on Finland and Sweden’s mutual history and future. The exhibition will be on show until the end of September.
Matti travels in Norway
Norwegians love to travel in their home country. Now, they have a chance to take Matti, a character from the Finnish Nigthmares comic, along with their travels, show him around Norway, and photograph him in different places. Follow Matti and his adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #mattipåtur.
The 100 objects from Finland exhibition will visit Oslo from 8 September until 30 October. The exhibition opens at the same time with Finland 100 weekend between 7-9 September at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo. The programme, coordinated by Team Finland in Norway, will also include seminars and workshops aimed at children and young people.
Cultural gestures, Tove in Denmark
The strong bond between the neighbouring countries, Sweden and Finland, will also be strengthened, when public sculptures are donated to the national capitals. Swedish artist Eva Lange will fashion her creation at Erottaja in Helsinki, while Finnish artist Marja Kanervo will reciprocate at Engelbrektsplan in Stockholm.
Many inspiring Finnish artists are celebrated during the centenary. GL Strand, an art institution in Copenhagen, will showcase Moomin creator Tove Jansson’s work from 10 June until 3 September. The exhibition is curated by Helsinki-based Ateneum Art Museum.