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Discover Finland’s Nordic culture this October

Now, we don’t have anything Halloween for you this month, but we do have six other events that are worth your while in October.

Get lost in music

October 2-5

Suffering from festival FOMO? Fear not. There’s still time to get tickets for Lost in Music, the biggest club festival in Finland. Spread over nine venues in the city of Tampere, this eclectic festival presents approx. 100 up-and-coming artists of every flavour – from rock and indie to metal and world music. Hang out with like-minded people from different corners of the musical universe.

Songs that make you fly

October 3

What other airline has a choir that’s celebrating its 70th anniversary? The Finnair Singers take over Aleksanterin teatteri for one night with The Helsinki Finnair Soi. The show features co-pilot and musician Mikael Konttinen, former flight attendant and award-winning opera singer Silja Aalto, and the Finnair Pilots Big Band – the world’s only Big Band that consists solely of pilots.

Nordic oddity

October 4-6

The Superwood Festival organised by Finnish fashion company Ivana Helsinki promises 45 hours of music, art, and food for thought and soul. Expect intimate gigs, expert talks on hot topics, strange goings-on in the woods, vegetarian food, and an architecturally impressive venue. This is Nordic quirkiness at its best, set in the woodlands of eastern Helsinki.

Go for the herring!

October 6-12

The fishermen’s boats are moored once again at the quayside of Helsinki’s Market Square. A total of 32 fishermen and fisherwomen will sell their fish delicacies directly to the public. You can’t go wrong with the Helsinki Baltic Herring Market, an event that’s been going on since 1743.

Dream dance journey

October 15-16

Immerse yourself in a surreal voyage of dreams with the innovative Katja Lundén Company, a leading light of Nordic flamenco. Their dance performance Universo fuses live music and modern dance, flavoured with jazzy vibes, poetry, and flamenco with a Finnish twist. The company is known for groundbreaking work that blends diverse cultural influences into richly visual and cathartic art.

Art of demolition

Until November 11

The scenes may look like ruins from a war zone, but Thomas Nyqvist’s work is in fact based on building or demolition sites. Environments in radical decay or transition is how he describes it. Cultural hub Teurastamo (Helsinki’s former slaughterhouse) is the perfect setting for Nyqvist’s paintings and photographs, an urban environment in flux that even bears a resemblance to his imagery.

Photo Juuso Kalliala

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