ed Sheeran gig sold out in Bangkok in April

THE BRITISH POP STAR ED SHEERAN has broken a national record in Finland, with the original date for his July Helsinki concert selling out all 60,000 tickets in under 20 minutes. An extra Helsinki date was announced immediately after the first one was sold out. 

Tickets for his July 23rd date are still on sale as of writing, and can be purchased at Lippu.fi.

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Midsummer bonfire at Seurasaari

Slowly but surely, we're getting there. The merciless winter chill is beginning to recede, the sun is making its big comeback, and summer will be here before you know it. The three months of passable weather are the highlight of the calendar year in Finland, nowhere more so than in the capital itself.

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The development of the original, ancient Sami huts project in the Laplandiya part of Russia was called “In the land of Standing Stones”. Even though the majority of Lapland is primarily Finnish territory, there are northern parts of Russia that encompass it too. The excursions in the Russian Lapland feature interesting facts about the unique pattern of the birches and different shapes of Christmas trees.

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It seems like online dating has slowed to an almost halt. Same dull conversations with random matches, photoshopped pics and fake profiles; so are we really gaining anything by downloading the next rsi-inducing app that promises to help us find the one we are looking for?

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A decorated Sami tobacco bag from 1911 in Siida museum

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO keeps reporting that approximately 600 languages disappear each year. As a result, world globalization smashes many cultures and people literally lose their roots.

The Sami is a unique example of indigenous people and culture uniting mainly six countries—Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. They speak six dialects of Sami language. 

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Mikko Ilmari Hallikainen (first from right), Rain Lin, Liang Yue, Yu Cun and Mia Waire in the Red Gallery

The opening reception of Finland-China International Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition was successfully held at Red Gallery on 15th December 2018. The exhibition is a diverse and international / intercultural event presenting works of artists from different countries.

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Contemporary Illustrations and Images Exhibition of China and Europe 

 In October 2018 in Shanghai, China, the Sino-European Illustrations and Images Exhibition have been successfully organized, with the support from artists, schools, organizations, and governments of China and Finland and other European countries.

Now we bring the traveling exhibition to Helsinki. We have invited Finnish artists Leena Kisonen and Sari Airola, as well as Chinese artists Gao Jing, Zhai Wensi, Hanqin, and Zhu Gege.

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Director Spike Lee included a masterclass in his visit to this year’s Love & Anarchy film festival

 

THE 31st HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, also referred to as Rakkautta & Anarkiaa (Love & Anarchy), came to a close on Sunday, having drawn in record breaking numbers. This year’s film festival attracted more than 60,000 visitors and featured almost 500 screenings. The numbers reveal how the festival’s popularity continues to grow, this year one out of every four screenings was sold out. 

The festival brings together films and filmmakers from all over the world. This year’s honorary guest was none other than Spike Lee, who came to present his latest film, BlacKkKlansman. In addition to the screening of his Cannes Grand Prix-winning film, his 1989 film Do the Right Thing was presented in combination with a Masterclass on September 22 at the newly renovated Korjaamo Kino Bio Rex theatre. 

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Martin Solveig (age 41) is a French DJ who started his career in 2002. He started by playing in nightclubs in Paris to now having his own radio show, a studio in L.A and playing almost two shows a day. We got the chance to interview him at the WKND-festival in Helsinki 19.8.2018. Here are the excerpts:

Q: You have been in Finland before, how do you like it here?

A: I landed an hour ago so I'm happy to be here, but I don't know much about it. Right now, I'm playing almost two shows a day, so it's a little bit you know, in and out. But in general the vibe in Finland it's super, it's great. My impression is that it's chill and quite beautiful, the weather is great right now.

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The eco village with organic vegan food, a water bottle refilling spot, mobile sustainable home on show, eco-boat by the see, and a water circulating shower and sauna underlined the ecological approach of the festival.

There were 4 to 5 shows every day. Seminars, presentations and lectures were scheduled between the shows. All the designers had a 100% sustainable collection and brand. Each show was a whole universe of its own, and had its own vibe which was created by the collection and the accompanying music. The designers had got inspiration from different cultures and countries for their collections.

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