Tuska brings Finnish favorites and international metal heavy hitters to three stages from June 29 to July 1.

SCANDINAVIA’S LARGEST METAL FESTIVAL shows no sign of slowing down with its 21st edition this year. After the 20 year celebration last summer, the metal party continues this year with a jam-packed and very diverse line-up. From Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 Suvilahti will once again turn into a sea of (mostly) black clad metal heads that will be rocking out to the tunes of Finnish favorites and international heavy hitters. 

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Anni Kinnunen is one of the 56 artists chosen for the exhibition. 
Anni Kinnunen: Hydrangea, 2018, from a still video


Mänttä Art Festival has been organized by its founding association 'Mänttä Art Lovers' since 1993, first as a biennial and, since 1999, annually. The event was recently awarded the prestigious Finland Prize, recognizing its long-standing work in the field of Finnish contemporary art. The title of the festival held this summer will be Roadmap. The festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will open to the public on June 17 and close at the end of August. 

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Maritime Center Vellamo’s two museums are hosting historical Finnish exhibitions relating to glass design and tourism in Finnish history. 

The Glass for Everyone exhibition opened on May 19, 2017, and portrays the history and relevance of the Karhula glassworks from 1889 until 2009.

Known for both artistic and practical glass production, Karhula glass factory had an impact on the day-to-day lives of Finns before becoming known internationally in the 1930s. The physical design of the display was arranged by Partanen & Lamusuo Oy and contains mostly authentic artefacts from the Milan Triennial (1933, 1936), and the World Fairs (Barcelona 1929, Paris 1937, New York 1939), as well as the original Finlandia vodka bottle design by Tapio Wirkkala

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WorldCon 75: Opening Ceremonies

When the 75th anniversary of WorldCon was announced, the big question was: “Where will it be held?” There were a few options in mind, but the most popular one - the option promoted by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin - was none other than Helsinki. Be it Martin’s influence or not, the vote indeed went to Helsinki, and so the local convention center, Messukeskus, became host to over 6,100 eager fans of science fiction and fantasy.

The convention took place from August 9th until August 13th, spanning not only Messukeskus and the surrounding facilities, but the Pasila Library as well. Upon entry, one had the option to register or check-in, allowing for the earlier registrants to skip the queue (and there were a lot of early registrants). The doors opened and the bright and cheerful hours of 09:00 on Wednesday, with the sun shining overhead to welcome visitors from all over the world - an unusual greeting from this lovely country, no?

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Scott Lynch @ WorldCon 75; photo by Jana Blomqvist

Some authors manage to grasp you by the collar and never let go, and Scott Lynch is one of those. With his stories often described as “Ocean’s Eleven, but fantasy,” Lynch has proved to be top-notch at writing exemplary characters, as well as fantastic plots and plot twists. When his name appeared on the WorldCon 75 guest list, we knew that we couldn’t let the week go by without having a few words with him.

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Robin Hobb @ WorldCon 75; photo by Jana Blomqvist

As one of the most well-known female authors working within the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb stood out on the WorldCon 75 guest list as one of the authors to whom we were most interested to speak. With the final installment of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy recently released back in May, we took a few minutes to talk to her about writing worlds, diverse characters, and more.

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THE 19TH TUSKA Festival took place at Suvilahti in Helsinki from July 1 – 3. The metal weekend was kicked off with the Tuska Heatseeker evening on Thursday, June 30, at legendary rock club Tavastia where Shiraz Lane, Lost Society and Santa Cruz played in front of a packed house and made sure everyone got into festival mood in time for Friday. 

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A Finnish author is looking to find success for his new book on India and English by collaborating with authors in that country. 

Despite rejections from both agents and publishers, the 43-year-old UK resident is going it alone in promoting his self-published ebook overseas.

Jesse Karjalainen, originally from Finland and grown up in Australia, is this week appearing on the leading publishing podcast in India.

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HEL(L)SINKI SUMMER also means another Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is around the corner. And all around Finland and the world metal heads are packing their band shirts, leather vests, black boots and -  hoping the metal gods will grant good festival weather – sunscreen to head to Helsinki for the weekend of July 1 to July 3. This will be the 19th edition of the festival, and it is again taking place at the former energy production area Suvilahti that is located very close to the city center. 

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Last autumn, the Finnish Embassy in Warsaw asked me, if I could contribute some nature-themed poems for the ‘Wiersze w Metrze’ project organized by the city of Warsaw. The aim of the project was to celebrate the diversity of languages by displaying poetry from different parts of Europe in the Warsaw subway in Polish translation.

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