The Weekend festival is just around the corner. The main beach of the city of Helsinki, Hietaniemenranta will be transformed into a mega festival area from 17th to 19th of August. These years lineup includes David Guetta, Axwell & Ingrosso, Hardwell, Lil Yachty, Macklemore, Martin Garrix, and The Prodigy

The electronic music festival which started in 2012 has grown in size and character to a mega event and expanded to Estonia and Sweden. the festival has had more than 40 000 attendants each year and the popularity has been growing. This year, with a new venue in the Hietaniemenranta beach, the capacity of the festival will grow and the attendance level seems promising with 90% of the ticket types having been sold out. 

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Parkway Drive closing Tuska Festival on Sunday with a fiery show.

THE FORECAST for the weekend of the 21st Tuska Open Air Metal Festival was not looking too good the week before. Torrential rains were promised for Friday and Saturday with temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius - Finnish summer at its best. Metal heads from all around the world were praying to the weather gods and stocking up on raincoats, rubber boots and gloves in preparation for yet another wet festival. But the gods seemed to listen: While Friday started off cloudy and temperatures did not reach proper summer heights, it stayed dry for the whole weekend with some blue skies and sun on Saturday and Sunday – summer festival atmosphere was a go!

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Weekend festival is a music festival witch is held every year in Finland, Sweden and Estonia. The music genre is mainly EDM and dance music but other genres for example pop, rap and R&B are also presented. 

This year it was held in Kyläsaari / Kalasatama, in Helsinki on Aug 4, - 5. The theme of the year was “Neon Dreams2. Previous themes have been “Year of the Tiger” (2016), “Super Digital” (2015) and “Electro Disco” (2014).

The artists performing there were mainly from the US, the UK and Finland, such as The chainsmokers, Marshmello, Rae Shemmurd, Alan Walker, Mikael Gabriel and Teflon Brothers, to name a few.

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If there’s one thing that unites Nordic countries, it’s a spirit of political, cultural and social friendliness. We're the world’s good guys. Whether it’s the environment or financial regulation, an ethos seems to persist that values people rather than power, connection rather than competition, and fun rather than frenetic and brain-frying work culture.

This kind of approach endears the Nordic countries to the world at large, and is manifest in international phenomena like hygge, which can be roughly summarised as the national export of the idea of having a really nice time. There are very few nations or peoples from whom such an export would seem anything other than bizarre.

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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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GLASSWORKS AND FINNISH TOURISM POSTERS ON DISPLAY IN MARITIME CENTER VELLAMO

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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