Take a look at what’s on in Finland
There are plenty of things to do this month to keep you from going into hibernation mode. Our best picks below.
Get lost in music
The Lost in Music festival is Finland’s biggest showcase for new music and emerging artists. Big-time promoters and critics mingle with the public, hungry to discover the next big things from the latest wave of Finnish musical talent across diverse genres from pop to dub, and rock to rap. The festival takes place in several venues around Tampere.
Nordic Highway to folk heaven
The most interesting names of the pop-folk and neo-folk music scene from Finland, Sweden, and Norway are touring together. Nordic Highway is a new concept to support Nordic musicians and to boost collaboration between neighbouring countries. The project kicks off in Ravintola Tirra in Lahti, followed the next day by a performance at G Livelab, a venue with a seriously impressive sound system.
Taste it slow
Yummyliciousness is unavoidable when local bakers, farmers, food craftsmen, and fishmongers get together at the annual Slow Food Festival. An old granary and coppersmithy in quaint Fiskars Village provide the perfect setting to discover the variety of regional and organic specialities, while immersing yourself in the philosophy of Slow Food.
Glow like a lantern
An old oil silo with 2012 perforations stands right by the water in the Kruunuvuorenranta district of eastern Helsinki. Known as Oil Silo 468, this massive urban artwork is illuminated by LED lights that glow in the wind. Together with the dark blue sea and the spectacular autumn foliage, it’s a place that you will not forget. The oil silo is open 6–9 pm but time your visit just after sunset to see it glow.
Herrings to your heart’s content
First organised in 1743, the truly picturesque Helsinki Baltic Herring Market presents an incredible variety of the silvery-coloured fish. Try them pickled, marinated, creamed, or grilled, just for starters! It’s a must event for all foodies and photographers: The fishermen sell the herring straight from their boats moored at Helsinki’s South Harbour.
Discover an eclectic cultural festival that combines visual arts, contemporary music, inspiring talks, and vegetarian food – all suffused with a deeply Finnish woodland vibe. The Superwood Festival is produced by fashion company Ivana Helsinki and takes place in a unique eastern Helsinki architectural space by the sea. Ideal for everyone in need of a warm, organic, and slightly odd Nordic twist to their weekend.
Life’s sweet bitterness
A sort of salty liquorice, Finland’s salmiakki candy is one of those things… you either love it or hate it. Unless you grew up with that addictive sour taste and wonder what all the fuss is about. Organised in Helsinki’s Wanha Satama old harbour building, the Liquorice and Salmiakki Festival offers flavourful experiences for open-minded newbies and die-hard fans alike.
Text Carina Chela
Top photo Eetu Ahanen