Together weekend crowns the Finland 100 summer
The Finland 100 event summer of a lifetime culminates at the end of August, when we’ll spend a Together weekend. From 25 to 27 August Finns will dance in market squares and even in trains; eat together; spend time in the nature; and take part in crazy Finnish championships. At the same time, the jubilee year autumn and a 100-day period full of festive events will be kicked off, leading up to Finland’s centenary on 6 December. And did we already say that everyone’s invited?
The Together weekend is all about doing things together – both in Finland and abroad.
Dinner Under the Sky invites everyone to have dinner outside together with their friends. The first Dinner Under the Sky event was organised in 2013 in Helsinki. To celebrate Finland’s centenary, the concept is extended all over Finland. Finns’ dinner tables also take over the world during the weekend. Anyone anywhere can take part in celebrating the hundred-year-old Finland by organising their own Finnish Your Dinner party. Dinner tables will be set in Ethiopia, Argentina, and Indonesia, among other places.
Finland’s centenary is also celebrated in its neighbouring country Sweden. STHLM/SUOMI, a three-day-long urban street party takes over the Kungsträdgården park in Stockholm. A modern, bold and innovative 100-year-old Finland will be presented as the hero of the festival. The programme includes music, panel discussions, Finnish food, and much more.
The Sibelius Academy and The Juilliard School – two of the world’s top music schools – will perform together at Helsinki Music Centre on 26 August, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. The concert is part of the orchestras’ Scandinavian and North American tour.
Grab your knife and fork! Finland 100 project Let’s Eat Together invites all of Finland to take part in a weekend-long carnival, to hold the world’s largest village festival and to share a meal together. There will be partying in every nook and cranny! You can also create a party of your own, or take part in events organised by others.
Together in nature
Finnish Nature Day will be celebrated on 26 August, a hundred days ahead of Finland’s 100th independence day. Finland will also become the first country in the world to honour its natural environment with an official flag day. The national parks’ anthem will be heard in all of Finland’s national parks and fires will be lit on the coastline. You can enjoy Nature Day in many ways: take part in Nature Day events, set up a pop-up restaurant, be a nature guide for immigrants, or take a trip to a forest with friends or family.
The Martha Organisation, a Finnish home economics organisation, will organise a mushroom-themed event in which the Marthas give advice about mushrooms in various parts of Finland. Anyone can also bring mushrooms for identification at the exhibition of edible mushrooms.
Bear sculpting and air guitars
The 2017 Bear Festival will take place in Ilomantsi for the fourth time running. The festival will feature two Bear Sculpting World Championship competitions: a two-day competition lasting a total of 14 hours and a short wood-carving competition. In honour of Finland’s centenary, the theme of the Bear Festival is “The forest folk”.
Kuuskan paluu weekend festival in Oulu will feature a sing-along picnic accompanied by Oulu Symphony Orchestra on 27 August. As a part of the festival, the finale of the air guitar world championships takes place on Friday, 25 August.
Lappajärvi will celebrate the end of the summer cottage season by arranging many events on 26 August, including 100 sauna baths, fireworks, and even a Finnish championship race in 100-metre backward running.
You can find the Together weekend programme here.