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Newsletters, 05/02/2010

Baltic Sea Action Summit seeks action through commitments. (photo: Janne Gröning)

Finland orchestrates  a joint effort to save the Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea Action Summit (BSAS) to be held in Helsinki at Finlandia Hall on 10 February will present more than 130 Baltic Sea commitments made so far. Concrete commitments have been made by private sector companies of various size, and actors representing the public and third sectors. Read more

Alexander Stubb, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland (photo: Tiina Heinilä)

Foreign Minister Stubb at Chatham House: The New Atlantic Decade

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb delivered a speech on the relationship between the European Union and the United States at Chatham House in London on 27 January. Chatham House is among the world’s most prestigious fora for research and debate on international affairs. Read more

Solu Helsinki (photo: Pasi Jurgens)

Solu Helsinki - A display of Finnish creativity at its finest at Resolution! festival

This year’s Resolution!  festival of new contemporary dance is certain to offer something to tempt fans of Finnish culture in London: amongst some one hundred works performed during the festival is SOLmU-Cell – an exploration of dependence, separation and togetherness by Solu Helsinki. Read more

Osmo Vänskä joins the London Philharmonic Orchestar for four concerts. (photo: Joonas Mikkilä)

Miraculous Logic - Osmo Vänskä in London

“We can be proud of Sibelius but we cannot own him. In Finland, the impact of Sibelius has been huge – what did we do to earn that?” asks world-renowned conductor Osmo Vänskä. Vänskä joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra for four concerts exploring the music of Sibelius. Read more

"Where is Where" by Eija-Liisa Ahtila (photographed by: Marja-Leena Hukkanen)

Eija-Liisa Ahtila exhibition at Parasol Unit

A major solo exhibition by the renowned Finnish film and video artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila is on display at Parasol unit in London from 26 February – 25 April 2010. The exhibition includes three important video installations (Where is Where?, The Hour of Prayer and Fisherman) never before seen in England. Read more

LBF

Los Bastardos Finlandeses on tour in the UK

Do not miss the hardest rocking band of red eyed rock ‘n’ rollers from Finlandia – Los Bastardos Finlandeses – on their debut tour in the UK! The band are playing four dates, starting from Islington, London on February 8. Read more

Can you handle the cold?

Fun Finland: Ice swimming

Chilly stuff if you don't like cold water but supposedly very good for the circulation. You warm up in the sauna first and then brave the arctic conditions outside before plunging through the hole carved in the ice. If you survive, then its back to the sauna to thaw out again. If you visit in winter just ask a Finn where the local 'avantouintiseura' hang out and follow their directions.

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

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

5.2.2010 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, Basingstoke

5.2.2010 Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London

6.2.2010 Pekka Kuusisto with Britten Sinfonia, Bradford on Avon

7.2.2010 Pekka Kuusisto with Britten Sinfonia, Dartington

8.2.2010 Violinist Pekka Kuusisto, London

8.2.2010 - 11.2.2010 Los Bastardos Finlandeses, London/Oxford/Birmingham and Liverpool

9.2.2010 Pekka Kuusisto with Britten Sinfonia, Cockermouth

9.2.2010 Dance/soundart performance Solmu-Cell, London

11.2.2010 Pekka Kuusisto with Britten Sinfonia, Southampton

12.2.2010 Pekka Kuusisto with Britten Sinfonia, Norwich

15.2.2010 Meta4, London

26.2.2010 - 25.4.2010 Exhibition by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, London

27.2.2010 Yleisessä saunassa, London

 

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Updated 05/02/2010


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