New York celebrates 100-year-old Finland
Finland’s centenary is celebrated on six different continents. This September, the centenary celebrations take over New York with events highlighting the best of Finnish art, design, technology, culture, and education. The events will take place at various locations throughout New York City between 8 and 14 September.
On Saturday, 9 September one can experience a piece of Finland in the middle of Manhattan. Street Fair brings various vendors to Bleecker Street in West Village, where you can enjoy Finnish delicacies at the Suomi Café, buy handicrafts, experience the real Finnish Sauna on wheels, and get refreshed at Lumene’s booth. There will also be a mölkky tournament.
On Saturday evening, you can pamper your taste buds at the Finland 100 Birthay Party featuring Finnish design, tech, and art. The programme includes performances by singer GEA, DJ Rony Rex, music and dance improvisation by Oases from HEL, live painting by Susanna Sivonen, and scenography by Kira Leskinen.
Traveling Sauna offers a genuine Finnish sauna experience on Sunday 10 September in Red Hook, Brooklyn with the right temperature (between 158 and 212 F) and with the use of Sauna vihta (the birch whisk). The Traveling Sauna project celebrates Finland by highlighting Finnish culture, achievements, and innovation. The Finnish sauna travels over 10,000 miles across the US during the centenary year, and the tour ends on 2–6 December in Washington D.C.
The House of Finland (THoF) opens its doors at 287 Gallery in Chelsea to highlight the best of Finnish art, design, technology and education from 11 to 14 September. The THoF showcases Finnish innovation, sustainability and integrity to key decision makers, investors and media. The programme includes, for example, a fashion show, an art auction, coding workshop for children, a tech-themed breakfast event, and much more.
Read more about Finland100NYC here.