FinnFest 2018 Excursions
Information for our exciting additional excursions to Viikinsaari and Mänttä during FinnFest 2018. Click here for tickets!
Tampere, an inland city located between two of Finland’s largest lakes, Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, provides the landscape for this special FinnFest event, an evening to share with new and old friends, with family members, and with four special guest musicians: Heikki Mäenpää and Maitolaiturin Tytöt.
Viikinsaari, an island on Lake Pyhäjärvi is located 20 minutes by boat from the Laukontori harbor. This nature preserve owned by the City of Tampere creates an idyllic setting for a delicious three course meal consisting of Finnish food with a local twist made from fresh ingredients.
Add the music and conversation of Heikki Mäenpää, a multi-talented Finnish singer-songwriter, musician producer of Moomin theatricals and composer. (Previous FinnFest attendees may remember him from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 FinnFest festivals.) Add also the instrumental and vocal group, Maitolaiturin Tytöt, three women who play on traditional Finnish instruments as well as sing the pop songs known in Finland as “iskelmat” music. They promise to play and sing before dinner and for dancing after dinner.
This evening will begin with the boat trip at 6 PM and return to the harbor just before 10 PM. The midsummer evening sun will add its own zest and magic to this time of shared food, song, and dance. Dinner and boat fare: US$ 60. Cash bar. Although tickets will be sold on our registration page, this event is not meant only for FinnFest USA registrants. Everyone welcome. Tervetuloa.
Mänttä Finland: A Major Finnish Art Center located outside Finland’s urban world
Mänttä-Vilppula is a lively art town as well as an industrial town. It's located in the beautiful Finnish lake and forest landscape in the northern part of the Tampere Region.
This day-long tour will provide an opportunity to explore contemporary Finnish art as well as to experience the impressive art collection of early Finnish art patron, Gustaf Serlachius. This tour will include round trip bus fare, tour guides (if desired), museum entrance fees, catered 3 course lunch, iltapäivä kahvia (afternoon coffee) and visits to three separate exhibit areas in the small paper mill town of Mänttä, Finland.
8:30 Departure from Lapland Hotel
9:45 Arrival at Serlachius’s Gösta Museum; time for walking around the grounds and over to the island. Click here for more information about the Serlachius museums.
10:00 Museum opens. Guided tours will be available.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila, a contemporary visual artist and film maker. Her exhibit, a new hybrid piece, “Potentiality for Love” combines sculpture with moving image technology. The work deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. Potentiality for Love is a Serlachius Museums’ commission, receiving its premiere in Mänttä before embarking on an extensive world tour, including a show at the Biennale of Sydney in March 2018, among others.
Exhibit Two: “Pleasure” Three contemporary Finnish artists: new works by Jukka Korkeila, Elina Merenmies and Anna Retulainen interact with works selected from the Serlachius collection. The artists intuitively selected the works used and alongside them, created new works that approach the theme of pleasure from different perspectives.
Exhibit Three: “With You/What Remains?” Sampsa Virkajärvi’s exhibition involves two video works that explore themes like growing old, the changing relationships between parents and children and saying farewell. Sampsa is well known as a Finnish street artist, political activist and painter. He has innovated in the creation of removable street art.
12:00 Lounas (Lunch) at Restaurant Gösta in a stunning park setting
A delicious three course Manor house lunch from the best local ingredients in season; a velvety soup followed by a local rainbow trout served with beurre blanc and for desert black currant mousse with chocolate ice cream and a cup of coffee. The meal comes with in house made bread and butter.
13:20 Leave for Perkilo, site of the Mänttä Taideviikot
Finland's leading summer review of contemporary Finnish art, with a new curator each year bringing a fresh perspective to the exhibition space and time period. For more than a decade the main exhibition venue has been Pekilo, a former animal feed refinery near the Mänttä mill chimneystack. This annual exhibit, founded 20 years ago, is Finland’s annual window into contemporary Finnish visual art.
13.30 Explore the XXIII Mänttä Art Festival exhibit at Perkilo
The exhibit entitled Roadmap is curated by Veikko Halmetoja who has selected 56 artists whose work will lead the exhibition visitors on a winding road to map the world.– Roadmap delves into people's need to understand and control the reality that surrounds us. It offers commentary on boundaries and the exercise of power. The visit will not involve a guide, but texts will be available in English.
15.00 Leave Perkilo for Gustaf Museum. Click here for more information.
15.15 Iltapäivä kahvi (afternoon coffee) at Gustaf
15.45 Visit at Gustaf
A guided tour with plenty of storytelling at the former head office of A.Serlachius Ltd. The building is known for its magnificent architecture.
Exhibits (with guide for those who would prefer this option)
- Elina Brotherus, “Playground” This exhibit presents Brotherus’ newest works from 2016-2018. It includes both photographs and short videos. Brotherus is an internationally renowned Finnish photographer and video artist specializing in self-protraits and landscapes.
- ”Paper Devil” exhibit, the story of Paper mill and art patron Gustaf Serlachius
17:15 Leave Gustaf Museum
18:15 Stop at Haralanharja Ridge.
Haralanharju ridge is situated in the town of Kangasala, ca. 20 kilometres from Tampere. On the top of the ridge, a traditional old wooden sightseeing tower provides a spot from which to admire the view over the surrounding lakes, bays and forests. The landscape seen here is historic and central to Finland’s definition of what constitutes a magnificently beautiful natural landscape. Zacharis Topelius depicted this vista in his poem "A Summer's Day in Kangasala",also known as a song sung to one of the most well known Finnish melodies, sung frequently on summer days in Finland.
18:45 Return to Lapland Hotel