What’s on this month around Finland
Make the most of this November. Here are our seven picks (and one bonus) to get heated up about!
WE WILL, WE WILL JAZZ YOU
Tampere Jazz Happening is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe but shows no signs of middle-age flab and still blows your socks off with the coolest and funkiest musicians from Finland and the global scene. The venues are intimate, and the acoustics guaranteed to resonate with your music-hungry mind.
Since (the year) 1280, the walls of Turku Castle have witnessed all manners of love, intrigue, and violence. No wonder there are ghosts around. And thankfully some courageous tour guides, too. But be forewarned. The Torture, Death, and Ghosts tour is spookily popular so make sure to reserve your ticket in advance. Tours are in Finnish and Swedish.
HEAVEN FOR GAMERS
Are you casual, core, or hardcore? GameXpo is big, awesome, and guaranteed to entertain everyone who confesses to any degree of love for games. In addition to presentations of the latest megagames, consoles, board games, and VR & AR magic, Helsinki’s Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre is even hosting the Finnish Cosplay Championships.
An age-old Finnish festival celebrating the end of the harvesting season and commemorating the dead, the non-denominational tradition of Kekri was almost lost over the centuries. Join the Viapori Kekri on the fortress island of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, where happy hipsters and curious visitors gather for the evening’s climax: the burning of the Kekri goat. It’s a bit like Halloween’s Finnish cousin.
FOR THE LOVE OF SPLATTER
If a slew of horror movies makes your day then hesitate not and proceed by bus or train to Tampere and Arthouse Cinema Niagara, where the Cinemadrome 17 Film Festival promises to slay your weekend into trashy, obscure, and horrible oblivion. Don’t forget to bring your primitive fears and constant wish to be surprised.
LET’S GET GRAPHICAL
SyysGraph is the leading annual event of the Finnish computer graphics scene, bringing together professionals and guru-ish keynote speakers – those wizards of the digital world who bring our screens alive with their technical and creative brilliance. So, if you have a passion for these things, need we say more. All the talks are in English. The venue is in downtown Helsinki.
SWEAT IN AUTHENTICITY
There’s no place more relaxing and sweatingly life-affirming than a Finnish wood-stove sauna. Kaurilan Sauna is the real deal – a charming original 19th-century log sauna conveniently relocated to the woodsy Meilahti district of Helsinki. Feel your skin tingle with gratitude. Delight in good company, in a room glowing with firelight. Serenity is within reach…
December 14 and 15
There’s a whole bunch of choirs performing during the festive season, but we decided to put Finnair’s very own on this list because they are really great! Suffused with Christmas spirit and cheer, the Finnair Singers provide the perfect musical landing to the festive season. The Winterland concerts take place in two beautiful old churches in Vantaa and Tuusula, on the outskirts of Helsinki.
Text Carina Chela
Top photo Cecilia Palombo