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News, 19/10/2017

Celebrating Finland in its 100th year

Finland celebrates 100 years of independence in 2017. Here you will find information about the upcoming events relating to Finland that are taking place in the UK. Please click on the links for more information.

Photo: Andrew Gregory
Finland 100 orienteering Festival was organised in Stockport on 15th October 2017.
Finland 100 orienteering festival was organised in Stockport on 15th October 2017.

25.10.2017–28.1.2018 Tove Jansson 1914–2001
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

150 works, including a selection of self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK will reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent, and provide an insightful overview of the key stages of her prolific career. More information

31.10.–24.11.2017 Straw Dimension
12 Star Gallery, London

This exhibition will open your senses to new, unexplored dimensions of straw, brought to you by a straw artist Pirjo Väisänen - one of Finland's finest straw artists. More information

15.11.2017–4.2.2018 Gallen-Kallela exhibition
National Gallery, London

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition unites all four of the artist’s depictions of the lake. They will be displayed side by side in the order he painted them; demonstrating the gradual shift of the composition from an observed, naturalistic landscape towards a highly stylised and abstracted image. The paintings feature alongside other works by the artist, showing the significance of this early Nordic modernist landscape. More information

22.–26.11.2017 Christmas fair
The Finnish Church, London

During the fairs Finnish Church provides live music, Finnish treats from cafeteria and grill and a huge variety of Finnish food and gifts including: Finnish food, Finnish sweets & Finnish gifts. More information

24.11.2017 Independence Day Ball
The Savoy, London

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to celebrate the Centenary of Finnish independence together with us at our Independence Day Ball. This once in a lifetime celebration will include welcome drinks, a three course dinner, ballroom dancing and splendid entertainment. More information

25.11.2017 The Finnish School of Brighton’s Independence Day Party
St. Paul's CofE School, St. Nicholas Road, Brighton

The Finnish School of Brighton’s Finland100 -party in Brighton. Contact us and join the party! Enquiries: Mia Glass: & Hanna Drummond:

25.11.2017 St Albans Finnish School Finland100 Dinner & Dance
Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, St Albans

In addition to a three course meal with wine, Uusikuu Band will perform upbeat, traditional Finnish dance music. Tickets include Bucks Fizz on arrival. All Finnophiles welcome! More information

25.11.2017 Finland in Bristol Independence Day Party
Shirehampton Park Golf Club, Park Hill, Bristol

Finland in Bristol welcomes you to celebrate with us the centennial independence of Finland! The evening includes dinner, a glass of sparkling, and great entertainment.
Enquiries and tickets:

29.11.2017 Finland Centenary Wikipedia Translatathon
Institute of Education, London

Riitta Valijarvi (UCL SSEES), Mira Vogel (UCL Digital Education) and Wikimedia UK organizing an afternoon of Finnish language and Wikipedia editing. More information

29.11.–3.12.2017 The Finnish Film festival
Barbican Centre, London

We celebrate the centenary of Finnish independence with a season of films curated by the Midnight Sun Film Festival. Founded in 1986 by Finnish filmmakers Mika and Aki Kaurismäki, the festival is located in the village of Sodankylä, in the heart of Finnish Lapland, some 120 kilometres from the Arctic Circle. Audiences watch films 24 hours a day, as the summer sun never sets. The Midnight Sun Film Festival provides an atmosphere like no other festival, and we are delighted to bring the ‘spirit of Sodankylä’ to London. More information

2.12.2017 Finland 100 Independence Dinner in Birmingham
Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Birmingham

The evening will include Finnish culture & music performances, socialising and a 3-course dinner with toasts - all in the heart of Birmingham's city centre.
Tickets and enquiries: Anna Pirvola, anna.pirvola@gmail.comMore information

2.12.2017 Finnish School of Kingston’s Independence Day Party
Tiffin Boys School, Surrey

Programme includes singing the Finnish national anthem, music, and a festive buffet.
Tickets and enquiries:,

2.12.2017 What You Need to Know about Sibelius and Finnish Independence
Royal Festival Hall, London

Journalist Andrew Mellor guides us through this study day exploring these questions and more with experts Daniel Grimley and Eveliina Pulkki, exclusive video content from Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and live chamber performances from the Philharmonia MMSF Instrumental Fellowship programme. More information

4.12.2017 Grand Reception to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Finland
The Signet Library, Edinburgh

The Reception will include a musical interlude from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Choir & Ensemble as well as the Glasgow Finns Ladies Choir. More information

6.12.2017 The Finnish Saturday School in the East Midlands’ Independence Day Party
Fieldhead hotel, Markfield, Leicestershire

Tickets and enquiries:, tel. 07846 124684

6.12.2017 Independence Day Gala Dinner in Glasgow
Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Join West of Scotland Finns to celebrate 100 years of Finland in the heart of Glasgow! The event is taking place at the Grand Central Hotel, and tickets include a toast on arrival, an aperitif, a three-course meal plus coffee, and the evening’s programme.
Tickets and enquiries:

6.12.2017 Finland's 100th Birthday
Akva, Edinburgh

Akva is throwing a birthday party along with the Scottish-Finnish Society to celebrate. More information

6.12.2017 Concert: BBC SO: Finland Awakes!
Barbican Centre, London

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Guy Johnston cello

Music from the young Sibelius to mark the centenary of Finnish Independence, ending with the First Symphony, a noble and magnificent symphonic debut. More information

7.12.2017 Concert PO
Southbank Centre, London

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Vilde Frang violin

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a celebration centred on Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius. More information

9.12.2017 Finnish Saturday School in Cardiff’s Independence Day Party
Capel Salem, Canton, Cardiff

After the normal class from 10.30 to 11.30am, Santa Claus will bring surprises to the children. The doors open for the guests and the people of Korvatunturi at 11.30am. The party starts 12pm and there will be Finnish Christmas food, musical performances and programme for the children. The party ends 2pm. We warmly welcome all Finns in Wales, friends of Finland, and students of the Finnish School to join us in celebrating the 100-year-old Finland! Enquiries: Kaisa Pankakoski:, Virpi Ylänne:

9.12.2017 Finnish Tango event
Southbank Centre, Clore Ballroom,  London 1pm - 2.30pm.

Learn Finnish tango, or Fintango in an afternoon of free dancing and music. Fintango is an established variation of the Argentine tango, following the rhythms of Ballroom tango, and was one of the most popular music forms for decades in Finland. Finnish tango king 2014 Teemu Roivainen and his band will perform traditional Finnish tangos. Free family event. More information

In case you haven’t noticed: Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna is open from November 10 to December 30.  

You should also check out our 100 Finnish things to do in the UK -list!

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