Illustration of good appreciation of Sámi culture in the future. By Sunna Kitti

Do you know the customs and must-nots of Sámi culture like the back of your hand? Test your knowledge with the new Sámi tourism quiz and watch the animation on holistic sustainability. Sámi Parliament in Finland has published Responsible Sámi Tourism Visitor Guidance with its accompanying materials that can be found here.

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Finnish National Gallery from outside

The Board of the Finnish National Gallery has established a three-year Digital National Gallery programme for the creation of a functional platform for new digital and experience-oriented services online. Johanna Eiramo has been named as director of the programme as of 1 June 2022. Ms. Eiramo will transfer to the programme from her previous position as the Head of Communications at Ateneum Art Museum.

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Tampere Hall’s summer exhibition will showcase Star Wars memorabilia, props, costumes, and rare toys from one of the largest fan collections in the world. First time in Finland, the Unofficial Galaxies private collection is on display at Tampere Hall’s Park Hall from the 1st to the 31st of July in 2022. Ticket sales for the exhibition will begin later in May.

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Kinetic Orchestra’s Mistakes unveils the essence of mistakes and uncertainty on the stage. Photo: Mikael Ahlfors.

Stoa will host the Spring Break Festival dance performances from 9 May to 15 May. Movement is at the heart of the annual contemporary dance event. This week-long dance festival will include three works by well-known Finnish dance and circus professionals: dance artist Mia Jaatinen’s Red Desert, contemporary dance company Kinetic Orchestra’s Mistakes and contemporary circus company Race Horse Company’s O’DD. All the works and their creators are linked by an uncompromising desire to study movement and its multitude of ways to reflect humanity.

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Wivi Lönn in the study of her home in Jyväskylä, 1915. © Museum of Central Finlan

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish architect Wivi Lönn. The year also marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Finnish Association of Women Architects, Architecta. The anniversary exhibition Long Live Wivi Lönn! 29 April 2022–8 January 2023 examines the female history of architecture, with a particular focus on Wivi Lönn’s exemplary life’s work. Long live Architecta! Long live women architects! Long live gender equality in architecture!

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There was much interest in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition among young dancers, as no fewer than 151 of them from all over the world applied to enter. The Selection Committee chose 81 applicants from 20 countries to enter the competition – eight of them from Finland. Now held for the ninth time, the competition will take place at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 31 May to 6 June this year.

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Joasia Krysa and Maija Tanninen-Mattila. Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen.

Helsinki Biennial announces the appointment of Joasia Krysa as curator of its second edition, taking place 12 June – 18 September 2023. Celebrating the synthesis of art and the environment, the biennial will return to the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island in the Helsinki archipelago, whilst building upon its inaugural edition through a greater presence on the mainland in locations across the city.

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Andris Feldmanis ( L ) and Todd Brown ( R ) are amongst the highlihted speakers attending the Black Hole Spring event.

The program for Black Hole Spring event is now released, which is an event that focuses on how books become movies. Among the speakers are Andris Feldmanis and Livia Ulman, the Estonian screenwriters behind the Compartment no. 6 – an award winning movie based on a book by Rosa Liksom.

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Photo: Otto Kurula

Tolkien Day, which honours the work of fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, will be celebrated at Helsinki Central Library Oodi on international Tolkien Reading Day on Friday, 25 March at 16:00–21:00. The event will be held in Oodi for the first time.

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Alvar Aalto Museum (1971–73) and Museum of Central Finland (1956–61, 1991). Photo Maija Holma © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

The name Aalto2 has been selected for the new museum hub currently being built up in the Ruusupuisto area of Jyväskylä, Finland. The name describes two adjacent museum buildings both designed by the architect Alvar Aalto: the Alvar Aalto Museum (1971–1973) and the Museum of Central Finland (1956–1961, 1991). With the buildings to be joined by a new connecting wing, the two separate museums will be housed under one roof.

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