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Newsletters, 12/04/2010

By the chair (c) Anssi Sojakka

Paging Anssi Sojakka

Anssi Sojakka, an aspiring Finnish artist based in the UK, is participating in an exciting group exhibition in London: Page 1 (4 April – 25 April) contains paintings by Sojakka and two young British artists, and came to existence as a result of an advert placed in a newspaper. Read more

The Embassy participates to LFA´s International Architecture Showcase by bringing Helsinki to London - in a sea container. (photo by Hannu Heinonen/Helsinki City Planning Department)

Coming up this summer: PETIT MAL and HelsinkiHorizon 2030

Coming up this summer in the field of Finnish culture: adrenaline-charged contemporary circus PETIT MAL tours in the UK - plus a rare chance to visit the city of Helsinki in London's Southbank!  Read more

Pajunen´s paintings are often layered, with an image traced in charcoal as a finishing touch. (c) Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi

In search of lost time

Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi’s exhibition Hide and Seek at Highgate Contemporary Art in London (24 March - 21 April) offers a glimpse into the milieu of the artist’s childhood home in Espoo, Finland, and into the memories revived by old photographs. Read more

The opening view of Info-Finlande’s Alvar Aalto site features his Savoy vase, one of his best-known creations.

Alvar Aalto, designer

If you have any contact with Finland, you’re bound to hear about the country’s most famous architect and designer, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) – especially now that Helsinki has been awarded the status of World Design Capital 2012. Read more

Delivo sends the welcoming aroma of fresh cinnamon buns wafting over the Helsinki neighbourhood of Munkkiniemi. (photo by thisisFINLAND)

10 + 1 Helsinki cafés

The famous Café Engel is out of commission, its home on Helsinki’s Senate Square under renovation until spring 2011. thisisFINLAND presents a purely subjective list of ten other capital cafés to visit – plus one so exclusive that it disappears in the summer. Read more

If something cost one markka before, it costs one euro today.

Fun Finland: Euro zone

Yes, Finland joined the Euro (in 2002) and yes, things got more expensive. Don't believe the economists or the government, check your wallet. If it cost one markka before, it costs one euro today. If one euro converts to six old markka, you can work out the rate of inflation yourself.

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

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

13/03/2010 - 18/04/2010 Cake Shop, an exhibition by Nastja Rönkkö, London

24/03/2010 - 21/04/2010 Hide and Seek, a solo exhibition by Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi, London

05/04/2010 - 25/04/2010 Exhibition by Anssi Sojakka, London

15/04/2010 Thunderstone at JA JA JA, London

21/04/2010 Concerts, pianist Antti Siirala, Birmingham

22/04/2010 Concerts, pianist Antti Siirala, Wolverhampton
26/04/2010 Film screening of Aki Kaurismäki's Hamlet Goes Business, Liverpool

28/04/2010 - 22/05/2010 Exhibition by Finnish photographers Anni Leppälä and Susanna Majuri, London

06/05/2010 - 07/05/2010 John Storgårds conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh and Glasgow


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