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Newsletters, 10/03/2010

Jaakko Laajava returns to Helsinki after serving five years as Ambassador of Finland in the UK. (Photo by Tessa Oksanen).

Ambassador Jaakko Laajava's farewell to Britain

After five years of service as the Ambassador of Finland in the UK, Jaakko Laajava returns to Helsinki - but not without answering five questions first, reflecting his experiences and thoughts as he prepares to leave London. Read more

Where is Where?, 2008. (Photographed by Marja-Leena Hukkanen)

Eija-Liisa Ahtila at Parasol Unit 26 Feb – 25 April

Renowned Finnish film-maker, photographer and video artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila is back in London with a major solo exhibition at London’s prestigious Parasol Unit. The exhibition includes three important video installations never before seen in England. Read more

JA JA JA gets even bigger with Husky Rescue. (Photo: Husky Rescue)

JA JA JA Special Event Thursday 11th March

A special edition of the Nordic Ja Ja Ja club night will take place at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill on Thursday 11th March. This time Ja Ja Ja will feature four bands, including the Finnish up-and-coming indie group Husky Rescue, that together offer the London audience yet another taste of today’s massively buzzing Nordic scene. Read more

Thurlow left Finland for Stockholm and then London with her eyes on the prize: breaking through in the fashion industry.

Finnish talent behind the scenes at London Fashion Week

The garments that graced the catwalk in the Jasper Conran show at London Fashion Week did not carry her name, but many of the outfits were the handiwork of Andrea Thurlow (née Östman), a Finn striving to make a name for herself on the London fashion scene. Read more

Discover Finland with the Foreign Correspondents´ Programme. (Photo by Visit Finland)

The 19th Foreign Correspondents' Programme in Finland in August 2010

Are you interested in the work of a correspondent in a foreign country? Would you like to spend the month of August in Finland learning more about the country, its society and the Finnish way of life? Read more

Kalevala day is celebrated in Finland on the 28th of February.

Fun Finland: The Kalevala

Perfect for insomniacs as they are about the only people who will be able to stay awake. This is the Finnish national epic which even most Finns haven't read and fewer still understand. If you really must have a go then give yourself a break and start with the version for children.

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

Please note - the Embassy will be closed on Thursday, 11 March due to staff training.

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

23.2.2010 - 13.3.2010 Theater Little Fish, London 

26.2.2010 - 25.4.2010 Exhibition by Eija-Liisa Ahtila, London

9.3.2010 - 12.3.2010 69 Eyes on tour in the UK: London, Manchester, Glasgow and Nottingham

11.3.2010 Husky Rescue at JA JA JA,  London

13.3.2010 - 20.3.2010 HIM on tour in the UK: Norwich, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Birmingham and Nottingham

18.3.2010 - 26.3.2010 Centrifugal: Sequence VI, Belfast

19.3.2010 - 20.3.2010 Okko Kamu conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Glasgow and Edinburgh

24.3.2010 - 21.4.2010 Hide and Seek, a solo exhibition by Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi,  London

26.3.2010 - 28.3.2010 Easter Fair at the Finnish Church in London

5.4.2010 - 25.4.2010 Exhibition by Anssi Sojakka, London 


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