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Newsletters, 12/05/2009

European Chemicals Agency ECHA´s headquarters in Helsinki (photo: ECHA).European Chemicals Agency ECHA's headquarters in Helsinki (photo: ECHA).

Chemicals forum aims for open dialogue

From May 27 to 29, the Helsinki Chemicals Forum creates an opportunity for the international chemical industry to talk with its regulators and consumers. We ask some of the main participants for a sneak preview. Read more

Johan Vilhelm Snellman (12 May 1806 - 4 July 1881)Johan Vilhelm Snellman (12 May 1806 - 4 July 1881)

J. V. Snellman – father of Finnish culture

Finnish Heritage Day is celebrated on the 12th of May, which is also the birthday of Johan Vilhelm Snellman, a Finnish philosopher, writer and statesman. Snellman played a significant role in the creation of Finnish culture. Snellman's aims were to strengthen Finnish society and the position of the Finnish language in the Grand Duchy of Finland. Read more

Photo: Saia IkävalkoThe focal work of Teija Vartiainen's collection is a polar bear silk dress made of chenille, second from right (photo: Saia Ikävalko).

Teija Vartiainen's fashion collection reminds of global warming

London’s Spitalfields Traders Market is abuzz with activity for the Alternative Fashion Week. Leggy models wearing imaginative clothes by young designers are everywhere. One of the designers taking part in the event is Finnish Teija Vartiainen, 24, with her Arctic Kingdom collection. Read more

Helena Lehtinen´s jewellery art (photo: Galleria Norsu).Helena Lehtinen's jewellery art (photo: Galleria Norsu).

Galleria Norsu represents Finnish contemporary art at the Collect Art Fair

The Finnish contemporary art gallery Galleria Norsu is taking part in the Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects to be held in London from 15th - 17th May. This year, Galleria Norsu's focus will be on contemporary Finnish ceramic and jewellery art. Read more

Picture: © Aino Havukainen, Sami Toivonen & OtavaWhy do forests need to be taken care of, will the trees not grow on their own? Find the answer in Kidzone Finland! (Picture: © Aino Havukainen, Sami Toivonen & Otava)

Kidzone Finland forest competition: Win a trip to a Finnish school!

Kidzone Finland's new competition encourages British school pupils to explore nature and find out about the forests of Finland. By entering an online competition, one lucky child can win a trip to a village school in Finland and a wilderness course and camping adventure in the school's own forest. The competition coincides with the launch of a new look for Kidzone Finland, the website for British school pupils maintained by the Embassy of Finland in London. Read more

Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland (Photo: VisitFinland Imagebank).Wife Carrying World Championships are held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland (Photo: VisitFinland Imagebank).

Fun Finland: Wife Carrying

Legend has it this particular "sport" has its roots several hundred years ago when raiding surrounding villages and carrying off someone else's wife was common practice; the modern version started in 1992. If you want to participate then get yourself to Sonkajärvi, the town where it all happens, grab a wife (not necessarily your own), throw her over your shoulder and get running. The winners receive a trophy and the wife's weight in beer for their efforts. Read more

Text from Ian Bowie's book Fun Finland (Island Media 2007)

Photo: VisitFinland ImagebankPhoto: VisitFinland Imagebank

The Embassy is closed on 21 May and 25 May

The Embassy is closed for a Finnish holiday (Ascension Day) on Thursday, 21 May 2009 and for Spring Bank Holiday on Monday, 25 May 2009. We are open as usual on Friday, 22 May 2009.

Upcoming culture events

15.-16.5. Finnish rock legend Pelle Miljoona plays a rare gig abroad in Brighton: Read more

18.5. Drifting Clouds by Aki Kaurismäki at the Scandinavian Seaman’s Church in Liverpool: Read more

24.-25.5. Eurocultured Festival in Manchester featuring Merja Puustinen and Andy Best with their Gingerbread House installation and Finnish electronic band Clouds: Read more

12.-14.6. Equinox festival featuring Arktau Eos, London: Read more

For more events and further information see the Embassy's Culture Calendar.

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Updated 11/05/2009

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