What’s on in Finland: 6 magical ways to beat winter blues this November
It’s definitely darker out this month, but life is still full of magic, laughter, and soothing Motown classics. These events will help you get through this grey month.
1. Mingle inside the orchestra as they play
Experience the power of an orchestra by walking freely among the musicians as they play. For the first time in Finland, Open Orchestra with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra gives the audience a chance to see and feel the musical wizardry up close.
🗓 November 8, 14, 15 📍 Turku 🎟 From 9.50 €
2. Opera goes bonkers with circus
Think Mozart meets Harry Potter in Cirque du Soleil. CircOpera delivers a mind-blowing performance that fuses the power of operatic voices with equally frightening trapeze artistry, acrobatic action, and magic.
🗓 November 2-28 📍 Helsinki 🎟 From 15 € – 119 €
4. Meet artist Tommi Toija’s vulnerable sculptures
Tommi Toija’s art exhibition Self-Images at the Hämeenlinna Art Museum features sculptures, wood carvings, and sketches. Toija is known for his large-headed, endearing male or genderless figures with wondering eyes.
🗓 Until January 12 📍 Hämeenlinna 🎟 10 €
3. Face darkness with no fear at Viapori Kekri
Kekri is Finland’s quintessential harvest festival, a timely get-together to wallow in food and drink as the winter darkness descends. Viapori Kekri is celebrated on the fortress island of Suomenlinna.
🗓 November 2 📍 Helsinki 🎟 Free
5. Joke-heavy evening with Hannah Gadsby
Multi-award-winning comedian Hannah Gadsby appears in Helsinki for the first time. The Australian’s out-and-proud neurodiversity is entertaining and unexpected, making her one of the world’s most talked-about comedians.
🗓 November 6 📍 Helsinki 🎟 39.50 €
6. Stop! In the name of Motown
The Motown – UMO Helsinki concert is all about those glorious melodies and killer hooks, with Johanna Försti and David B. Whitley covering classics from the ’60s and ’70s to big band arrangements.
🗓 November 4-5 📍 Helsinki 🎟 From 15 €
Compiled by Carina Chela
Photos Courtesy of the companies and artists