What’s going on in Finland this February
This month is filled with music, dance, and exhibitions. Take a loved one or friend. After all, it’s February ♡
Building musical bridges
Musica Nova Helsinki is Finland’s biggest contemporary music festival, featuring close to 30 concerts by Finnish and international artists. This year’s theme is cross-Atlantic musical and cultural dialogues – a celebration of ideas and influences that bring people together and melt boundaries.
Dances with dragons
There’s nothing quite like dancing dragons and lions to brighten up Helsinki’s street life in mid-winter. The Chinese New Year celebrations at Kansalaistori promise an auspicious start to the Year of the Pig with festive music and performance. Don’t miss the grand finale: fireworks over Töölö Bay.
Big band, virtuoso drummer
For a fab and jazzy night out, you can’t go wrong when Teppo Mäkynen (one of Finland’s most successful and insanely cool drummers) teams up with the Oulu All Star Big Band. Mäkynen is known for his unique style and diverse compositions. The concert venue is Valve, a grand-looking cultural centre in the old part of Oulu.
Breath in Oulu
Dance, live music, and powerful images intertwine to create a surrealist, breath-taking performance as acclaimed Finnish choreographer-dancer Tero Saarinen and accordionist-adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen join forces. Catch Breath, their internationally lauded performance, at the Oulu City Theatre.
The consistently pleasurable-inducing Valoa Festival showcases its tenth year of musical wonders in venues around central Tampere, featuring edgy talent across diverse genres. Finnish-English psychedelic forest folk-rockers Hexvessel kick off the proceedings offering a free concert in the beautiful Tampere cathedral.
February 8 – May 19
Amos Rex art museum – the latest addition to Helsinki’s premier cultural institutions – presents a multifaceted overview of the work and life of Belgian painter René Magritte. His evocative symbols and dreamlike aesthetics make Magritte one of the great surrealist painters. Ever thought what your dreams would look like if you painted them on canvas?
Custom wheels keep on turnin’
February 9 – 10
Fans of vintage and customised vehicles should steer directly to the Kustom Kulture Show at Helsinki’s Cable Factory. You’ll see retro cars, hot rods, and customised two-wheelers, ranging from the exotic to the lovingly restored oldies. It’s guaranteed inspiration for readying your own wheels for this spring. And a cool place to get a tattoo, too.
Text Carina Chela
Photo courtesy of Amos Rex