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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Faroese singer-songwriter Benjamin will perform in Finland for the first time at artArctica Festival.

FAROESE SINGER-SONGWRITER BENJAMIN will play his first ever show in Finland on February 11 as part of the artActica Festival (February 11 – 13). Time to find out a bit more about the musician that already sparked the interest of e.g. the German Rolling Stone magazine.

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The aim of this international event that spans almost the entire Arctic from Greenland to Finnish Lapland, from Iceland to Canada is to show the many sides of the Arctic.

DESPITE THE WINTERY season it’s not an arctic breeze that is sweeping over Helsinki from February 11 – 13 but art in the form of the very first artArctica Festival. During the festival, three Helsinki based artists - singer and singing pedagogy student Alicia Burns, violinist and political science student Katarina Sjöblom and musician and wilderness guide Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis - will bring movies, exhibitions, photography, discussions, music, dance, and poetry by artists from every corner of the Arctic to Helsinki’s Sörnäinen district. The aim of this international event that spans almost the entire Arctic from Greenland to Finnish Lapland, from Iceland to Canada is to show the many sides of the Arctic.

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The Oscar nominees for Best Actress are announced by Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone during the Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on 15 January.It's altogether fitting that a movie called "Whiplash" was the last one named Thursday when the nominations for best picture were announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

If the 87th Academy Awards line-up reflects anything, it's an industry painfully — and occasionally exhilaratingly – torqued by social, technological and creative forces it can't quite keep up with.

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Flower of Life"Vesa's art is amongst the most integrally advanced in the history of Western abstraction – no small claim, but one backed up by the works themselves. Rather than abstraction as a fleeing from life, his works are a diving into the incarnate mystery of human being – direct celebrations of the fullness of Life." Michael Schwartz, Professor of History and Philosophy of Art, Augusta State University, March 2014

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The Moomins – those chubby, hippo-like creatures, known for their philosophical thinking and peaceful way of life— are now featuring in a hand-drawn animated film. The project is part of their curator Tove Jansson's 100th birthday celebrations.

The film, Moomins on the Riviera, is based on a comic book first published in 1955, inspired by Jansson's holiday in the region. The book was made in cooperation with her brother Lars Jansson. Today, the Jansson legacy lives on through Lars' daughter Sophia Jansson.

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After the disappointment of 2012's cancelled gig, Lenny Kravitz is returning to Finland on 26 October.Arriving on the scene at the end of the '80s, initial press surrounding Lenny Kravitz raised an eyebrow to the fact that his sound seemingly cribbed previously released ideas from an earlier era.

The public cared little, however, and after a couple of releases sold reasonably well, the arrival of his third album, Are You Gonna Go My Way, saw Kravitz propelled to the stratosphere in 1993. With its extremely catchy title cut of the same name, the album went on to sell four million copies worldwide. In keeping with his unpredictable nature, rather than follow this up with a fan-pleasing clutch of tracks, Circus saw the singer bogged down with his disillusionment with the music industry at the time.

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