Arts & Culture

Snow sculptors in Vaasa forced to use sand due to warm winter

An annual snow sculpting competition in Vaasa Market Square has had to swap snow for sand. The competition is set to begin on Tuesday afternoon, but because of the lack of snow, organisers made the decision to bring in piles...

Flow announces more international acts for summer festival

Summer might seem like a long time away, but Finland's festival season is just around the corner and one of the biggest arts events on the calendar each year has just announced the first wave of big international acts. Flow...

Saving Amanda: Helsinki considers how to protect the famous fountain

Helsinki City Council is looking into measures to protect one of the country's most recognisable landmarks. The Havis Amanda fountain and statue, built in the Market Square in 1906, has become a popular place to celebrate sporting success, with revelers...

No new hope for Finland’s Star Wars jewelry brand

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a Finnish jewelry brand was featured prominently in Hollywood's best-known space opera. A striking silver necklace and bracelet from Lapponia were worn by Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia character in the...

GALLERY: Explore Lux Festival in spectacular detail

Tens of thousands of people have walked on the Lux Festival route through the streets of Helsinki already this year. The annual arts festival runs through Wednesday 8th January and lights up the nights during the darkest time of...

WATCH: Lux Festival brings fire and light to the darkest days of winter

Helsinki's annual arts festival Lux is back again for 2020, lighting up the capital city during the darkest days of winter. This year sees Lux visitors taking a new route around the city, starting at Senate Square and going through...

Fireworks go on sale with a warning, and political scrutiny

Friday fireworks go on sale on Friday, just in time for New Year's Eve celebrations, but they come with stern safety warnings. Fire departments are reminding everyone of the rules and best practice to use the pyrotechnics. It's only legal to...

Jikŋon: ‘Frozen 2’ brings Sámi language and culture to Disney audiences

The long-awaited sequel to Disney's blockbuster 'Frozen' opens in Finnish cinemas over Christmas, and becomes the first feature-length Hollywood film to be dubbed in Northern Sámi. A unique collaboration between Disney Animation Studios and indigenous communities has helped shape the...

New Star Wars film sets Finnish box office record

The latest installment in the Star Wars movie saga has set a new record for first day total box office sales in Finland. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened at 10:00 on Wednesday morning and made €593,395 in ticket...

WATCH: Santa Lucia annual parade in Helsinki

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