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News, 19/10/2017

Celebrating Finland in its 100th year

Finland celebrates 100 years of independence in 2017. Here you will find information about the upcoming events relating to Finland that are taking place in the UK. Please click on the links for more information.

Photo: Andrew Gregory
Finland 100 orienteering Festival was organised in Stockport on 15th October 2017.
Finland 100 orienteering festival was organised in Stockport on 15th October 2017.

25.10.2017–28.1.2018 Tove Jansson 1914–2001
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

150 works, including a selection of self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK will reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent, and provide an insightful overview of the key stages of her prolific career. More information

15.11.2017–4.2.2018 Gallen-Kallela exhibition
National Gallery, London

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition unites all four of the artist’s depictions of the lake. They will be displayed side by side in the order he painted them; demonstrating the gradual shift of the composition from an observed, naturalistic landscape towards a highly stylised and abstracted image. The paintings feature alongside other works by the artist, showing the significance of this early Nordic modernist landscape. More information

5.12.2017 Independence Day 100 Eve - Caedmon Choir sing Finlandia​
Central Bar, Gateshead

The Caedmon choir will perform Finlandia for Finns, families and friends for this special occasion this is an informal presentation and you will not see it advertised elsewhere. To attend, please join us at the Central Bar, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN. Enquiries:

6.12.2017 The Finnish Saturday School in the East Midlands’ Independence Day Party
Fieldhead hotel, Markfield, Leicestershire

Tickets and enquiries:, tel. 07846 124684

6.12.2017 Independence Day Gala Dinner in Glasgow
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Join West of Scotland Finns to celebrate 100 years of Finland in the heart of Glasgow! The event is taking place at the Grand Central Hotel, and tickets include a toast on arrival, an aperitif, a three-course meal plus coffee, and the evening’s programme.
Tickets and enquiries:

6.12.2017 Independence Day 100 - Millennium Bridge
Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle 

With the kind cooperation of Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council, the Millennium Bridge will be lit up in Blue and White to mark Finland's 100th anniversary! Informal event is being set up in Newcastle by local Finns for the evening of Wednesday the 6th.They have arranged limited space for Finns, families and friends to gather in the Pitcher and Piano on Newcastle Quayside overlooking the Millennium Bridge to celebrate the lighting up, admire the view and toast the occasion. Enquiries:

6.12.2017 Finland's 100th Birthday
Akva, Edinburgh

Akva is throwing a birthday party along with the Scottish-Finnish Society to celebrate. More information

6.12.2017 100 Years for Finland' With Tuomari Nurmio
Nell's Jazz & Blues, London

Special guest the celebrated Finnish singer Tuomari Nurmio and Madam Katastroff  and plenty of Suomirock favourites as well as some other surprises. More information

6.12.2017 Concert: BBC SO: Finland Awakes!
Barbican Centre, London

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Guy Johnston cello

Music from the young Sibelius to mark the centenary of Finnish Independence, ending with the First Symphony, a noble and magnificent symphonic debut. More information

7.12.2017 Concert PO
Southbank Centre, London

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Vilde Frang violin

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a celebration centred on Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius. More information

9.12.2017 Finnish Saturday School in Cardiff’s Independence Day Party
Capel Salem, Canton, Cardiff

After the normal class from 10.30 to 11.30am, Santa Claus will bring surprises to the children. The doors open for the guests and the people of Korvatunturi at 11.30am. The party starts 12pm and there will be Finnish Christmas food, musical performances and programme for the children. The party ends 2pm. We warmly welcome all Finns in Wales, friends of Finland, and students of the Finnish School to join us in celebrating the 100-year-old Finland! Enquiries: Kaisa Pankakoski:, Virpi Ylänne:

9.12.2017 Finnish Tango event
Southbank Centre, Clore Ballroom,  London 1pm - 2.30pm.

Learn Finnish tango, or Fintango in an afternoon of free dancing and music. Fintango is an established variation of the Argentine tango, following the rhythms of Ballroom tango, and was one of the most popular music forms for decades in Finland. Finnish tango king 2014 Teemu Roivainen and his band will perform traditional Finnish tangos. Free family event. More information

In case you haven’t noticed: Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna is open from November 10 to December 30.  

You should also check out our 100 Finnish things to do in the UK -list!

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