The festival's success lies in combining the superb acoustics of the Olavinlinna castle with the surroundings of the Finnish lake scene (photo: Savonlinna Opera Festival).
Savonlinna Opera Festival – Unique cultural experience in the midst of Finnish nature
This summer Finland’s Savonlinna Opera Festival will celebrate Italian opera in honour of Maria Callas. Some 60 000 festival visitors to the annual opera fest will be able to enjoy Puccini's Madama Butterfly, directed by Henry Akina and productions by visiting opera group Teatro Massimo from Palermo who will perform Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and Bellini'sI Puritani in its first ever production in Finland. Savonlinna Opera Festival is arranged this year from the 3rd of July to the 1st of August. Read more
Despite her young age Noor has already worked in several different newspapers and as a trainee at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan (photo: Mikko Keltanen).
Noor Al-Bazzaz chosen for the Foreign Correspondents' Programme
Londoner Noor Al-Bazzaz has been chosen to represent Britain on the Foreign Correspondents' Programme (FCP) arranged by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This programme introduces young journalists to Finland – its government, society, history and culture. Newly graduated Noor, 21, who has studied social and political science at Cambridge University's King's College is drawn to Finland because of its gender equality. Read more
A Tango Festival is held annually in the Western Finnish town of Seinäjöki, this year on 8–12 July (photo: Visitfinland Imagebank).
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Finn-Guild organises and promotes participation in cultural, social and educational events in the UK and Finland (photo: Visitfinland Imagebank).
Finn-Guild – Join the Finnish-British community!
Finn-Guild brings together Finns and friends of Finland all over Britain. Finn-Guild has been educating the great British public about the Finnish language and Finland’s culture since 1965. The organisation gives scholarships for student exchanges, runs Finnish language courses, supports the Finnish schools in the UK and publishes Horisontti magazine. Finn-Guild offers its members a library service of Finnish books and DVDs in order to give a taste of Nordic culture ranging from novels to the new films. Read more
Why do forests need to be taken care of? Answer to this and many more questions can be found in Kidzone Finland (picture © Aino Havukainen, Sami Toivonen & Otava).
Reminder: Kidzone Finland forest competition still open!
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. Deadline for entries is noon on Friday 17 July 2009.
Learning Finnish is not exactly a piece of cake, says Ian Bowie (photo: Visitfinland Imagebank).
Midsummer bonfire (photo: Visitfinland Imagebank)
20.6. Traditional midsummer celebrations at the Finnish Church in London with music, BBQ and plenty more: Finnish Church
22.6.-9.7. City of London Festival featuring Finnish tango, works of Sibelius, Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the performance of the fine young Finnish string quartet Meta4: Read more
25.6. Susanna Mälkki conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Suffolk with Pierre-Laurent Armand, violin: Read more
For more events and further information see the Embassy's Culture Calendar.
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