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Newsletters, 10/05/2010

From left to right: Moominmamma, Moominpappa and Moomintroll. (Picture by Moomin Characters Ltd)

65 years of Moomin adventure

Tove Jansson's first book about the beloved Moomin characters was published in 1945. As part of the Moomin's 65th-anniversary celebrations, Puffin Books is releasing a new series of boardbooks for young readers. "This is a good time to launch the series, right after vappu, the Finnish celebration of spring. Spring means that the Moomins are coming", says Francesca Dow of Puffin, referring to the hibernating species. Read more

Finland´s role in peace mediation can be increased further. (photo by Eero Kuosmanen)

Finland aims to be a great power in peace mediation

The study “Peace Mediation – Finland’s Guidelines” published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs launches discussion of Finland’s new peace mediation opportunities. “The peace mediation initiative is a starting shot; the aim is to make Finland a great power in peace mediation,” Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb said at Katajanokan Kasino on 6 May when the study was released. Read more

Couldn´t try this at home even if you wanted to. (photo by Heli Sorjonen)

A large dose of "umph" and a great sense of "ouch"

Finnish Circo Aereo’s hit review show, Petit Mal comes to the UK in May. Petit Mal is an exciting modern circus show, filled with entertainment and action, and you can get a couple of good laughs while you’re at it. Read more

Lumikki bags by Tuulia Penttilä. (photo by Sade Ahra)

Finnish contemporary craft at a prestigious London art fair

Galleria Norsu, a Helsinki based gallery, is taking part in the Collect 2010 fair at London’s Saatchi Gallery in May. The contemporary craft fair is held in high esteem all around Europe as the best in its field. Read more

Helsinki is the World Design Capital in 2012. What could this mean and be for everybody? Submit your ideas online!

Play a part in World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Ideas Forum

What kind of expectations and hopes are there for the year 2012 as World Design Capital? What opportunities can the year offer? Join the brainstorming sessions by submitting your ideas online from May 17 onwards. The ideas and information gathered through the Ideas Forum will be used in the WDC Helsinki 2012 programme planning.  Read more

Millennium Technology prize is Finland´s tribute to life-enhancing technological innovations.

Laureates named for 2010 Millennium Technology Prize

Three scientists have been shortlisted for the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize, the world’s largest award for technological innovation. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Helsinki, Finland on 9 June 2010. Read more

Anyone and everyone can participate in creating an opera for the 2012 Savonlinna Opera Festival.

Designing opera online: Opera by You

At the same time as Finland is gearing up for Helsinki’s year as World Design Capital 2012, the Savonlinna Opera Festival announces a project that can probably best be described as participatory opera design: Opera By You. Read more

Embassy is closed on Ascension Day 13 May.

Embassy is closed on Thursday May 13

The Embassy of Finland is closed on Thursday, 13 May for Finnish holiday (Ascension Day).

No need to worry about  doggy ´mines´ while in Finland.

Fun Finland: Scoop the poop

Finns love their dogs. The great thing about Finland compared to many other countries is that Finns are not only legally obliged to scoop the poop their pooches create inside city limits, for the most part, they really do it. So if you are out for a walk along an unlit city street you don't need to worry about stepping on a doggy 'mine' in the dark.

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

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

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

07/05/2010 - 06/06/2010 Tapio Snellman at Lingering Whispers -exhibition, London

07/05/2010 - 22/05/2010 Performance by Stand-up comedian Ismo Leikola, Brighton
12/05/2010 John Storgårds conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cardiff

13/05/2010 - 15/05/2010 Concert by The Great Escape, Brighton

14/05/2010 - 17/05/2010 Galleria Norsu at Collect 2010 fair, London

15/05/2010 - 21/05/2010 Concerts by Finnish band Uusikuu, Reading and Oxford

18/05/2010 Talk on "Heavy Metal - the new Finnish folk music?", London

21/05/2010 Concert by tenor Topi Lehtipuu, London

23/05/2010 Concert by Kymi Sinfonietta, London

23/05/2010 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London

31/05/2010 - 03/07/2010 Soile Isokoski in Le nozze di Figaro, London

31/05/2010 - 16/06/2010 Finnish contemporary circus performance Petit Mal,  Southampton, London, Poole and Inverness

10/06/2010 Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, London


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