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Newsletters, 13/10/2010

Royal horse carriages came to collect Ambassador of Finland and Mrs Pekka Huhtaniemi to the Buckingham Palace. (photo by Erkki Ojansivu)

The Ambassador of Finland presented his Credentials to HM the Queen

Pekka Huhtaniemi, Ambassador of Finland to the Court of St. James’s, presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty The Queen following ceremonious traditions. The journey towards Buckingham Palace started from outside the Embassy in Belgravia, Central London, where the Royal horse-drawn carriages came with Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps to collect the Ambassador and his wife Liisa and their party.  Read more

The Quantum Thief has been heavily trailed as ´the´ big science fiction novel of the year. (c) Hannu Rajaniemi

Hannu Rajaniemi aims at world domination

Hannu Rajaniemi is a scientist, a founder of a think tank that focuses on mathematical problem solving – and now a writer. Rajaniemi’s first novel The Quantum Thief, published in Britain on 30 September, has received excellent reviews. “To me, writing is a form of meditation; it helps me to detach from my demanding job”, Rajaniemi adds up. “Wrestling with scientific problems for a living offers an actual feast of ideas and in the sci-fi context, I’m allowed to go a bit further.” Read more

Watch, create and play in cinemas across London during the LCFF! (c) Filmkompaniet/Moomin Characters Ltd

London Children's Film Festival opens with Moomins

The London Children’s Film Festival, a cinematic extravaganza for the capital’s young film fans and their families, returns to the Barbican and twelve cinemas across London from Saturday 30 October to Sunday 7 November. This year the festival opens with a Moomins-themed Finnish breakfast party, followed by the London Premiere of Moomins and the Comet Chase in 3D! Due to popular demand, a second screening of the Moomin film will take place on 1 November at Barbican Centre. Read more

HEL YES! served as a melting pot for people and ideas for three weeks during the London Design Festival. (photo by Sara Vihavainen)

Honest and HEL-lishly unpretentious food

HELYES!, a pop-up restaurant that combined Finnish design and food culture, was an ultimate success in London during the London Design Festival. HEL YES! got a great amount of media attention and excellent reviews in some of UK’s most important design and food publications. Having been built in a depot in East London where it served as a melting pot for people and ideas, the restaurant was fully booked even before the actual opening date. Read more

Designer Harri Koskinen has recently turned his hands to architecture.

"Finnish design does not ingratiate anyone"

Designer Harri Koskinen has had a busy autumn in London. He has been caught up with the London Design Festival’s pop-up restaurant HELYES! and the launch of Skandium’s first furniture collection, Bello, which he designed. For Koskinen the most interesting thing in Finnish design is its “absoluteness, and that we do not ingratiate anyone. And besides, the mentality – the Finns are not Scandinavians but they originate far away from the outskirts of Russian borders.” Read more

The writer of Rough Guide to Finland feels he has the best job in the world. (photo by Mika Lappalainen/City of Helsinki)

Roughing it in exotic Finland        

What's it like to lead the adventuresome life of a travel guidebook writer in a wild and cool country like Finland? And what's the best thing about the Finns? We ask Roger Norum, co-author of the all-new Rough Guide to Finland. Read more

Pancakes are the perfect treat for a winter´s evening. (c) Moomin Characters Ltd

How to make pancakes - Moomin style!

To celebrate the launch of Moomins Cook book by SelfMadeHero, the Embassy of Finland reveals the secrets to the tasty dishes prepared by the wonderful Moominmamma by publishing a monthly recipe until the end of 2010. According to the Moomin philosophy, everything fun is good for the stomach. Aren't pancakes the perfect treat for an autumn's evening? Read more


Upcoming culture events in October - for further information, please visit our Events calendar:

16/09/2010 - 16/10/2010 Exhibition by Oiva Toikka, London

18/09/2010 - 28/11/2010 Exhibition Touched feat. Antti Laitinen, Liverpool

18/09/2010 - 28/11/2010 Exhibition City States feat. Johanna Lecklin, Liverpool

18/09/2010 - 27/11/2010 Exhibition by Kaarina Kaikkonen and Jani Ruscica, Liverpool

10/10/2010 - 26/10/2010 KIUAS and CELESTY on UK tour: Wrexham, Sheffield, Glasgow, Nottingham and London

22/10/2010 Concert by clarinetist Kari Kriikku, London

23/10/2010 - 24/10/2010 Screening by Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, London

23/10/2010 Pudana: Last of the Line, London

23/10/2010 - 15/01/2011 Magical Moominvalley Exhibition, Bury

26/10/2010 Screening by Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, London

27/10/2010 - 21/11/2010 Nordic Brights -exhibition, Walton-on-Thames

30/10/2010 Opening Gala Breakfast Party and film screening 'Moomins and the Comet Chase', London

01/11/2010 Screening of Moomins and the Comet Chase 3D, London

05/11/2010 - 07/11/2010 Concert by violinist Pekka Kuusisto, Cornwall 


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