FinnFest 2018 Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Monday through Wednesday's scheduled will be structured may shift as we understand the logistics better.

Details about specific people and sites will be added as information becomes available. For example, we already know that Olli Kortekangas will participate, but we have not determined exactly where and when during those days.

All is subject to change as we continue to work to be nimble, creating the best program possible. Please continue to visit the website to see new program details!

 
SUNDAY, JUNE 24: Juhannus Sunday & FinnFest USA 2018 activities begin
Summer in Tampere. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo
Amuri workers' housing. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo
Amuri workers' housing. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo
Moomin Museum. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo.
Moomin Museum. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo.
Finlayson Art Area. Courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Manzo.
Finlayson Art Area. Courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Manzo.
Observation tower. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere.
Observation tower. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere.
Serlachius historic site. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo
Serlachius historic site. Photo courtesy of Visit Tampere and Laura Vanzo

9:00-9:30 FINNFEST USA 2018 Opening Convocation

10:00-12:00 Panel:  The Finnish Civil War: An introduction  

  • Prof. Martti Häikiö

12:00 Buffet lunch

Musical entertainment: Music from early 20th century Finland

Chamber Choir, Sonore, Äänekoski, Finland

13:30-15:30 Panel: Finland 100 years later

  • Dr. Saara Särmä
  • Olli Kortekangas, Composer

16:00 Visit to Kaleva Cemetery to observe its evidence of the last 100 years.

Wreaths/flowers laid at appropriate cemetery locations

Evening Options

  1. Sauna night:  opportunity to experience one of Tampere’s public saunas, one the historic early 20th century neighborhood sauna, Rajaporti, and the other, the wood fired sauna, Kaupinoja, that includes the opportunity to dip in Näsijärvi after heating up in the sauna.
  2. Video recording of “Veljeni Vartina” (My Brother’s Keeper) Opera premiered in February, 2018 by the Tampere Opera.  Olli Kortekangas, composer, present.

8:30-10:00 Panel: Equality in Finland

  • Prof. Pirjo Markkola
  • Dr. Saara Särmä  

10:00 Musical Interlude:

Maria Svan, Soprano, Orivesi, Finland

10:30-12:30 Panel: Finland and the Arctic Region’s 21st century issues

13:30-17:00 Museum visits: Amurin Työläismuseokorttelli  (Amuri Workers Housing museum) & Työväen Museo Werstas (Finnish Labor Museum)

18:00 Reception at Vaprikki: Proposed

The City museum created from a former ironworks factory along the Tampere Koski. 

Opportunity to tour: Finland Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and Finland Civil War exhibit

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

9:00-10:30 Panel: Finland and Migration/Immigration out of the provinces and the survival of the small towns left behind

Kai Vaara, Elämänperintösäätiö

Member of Parliament: Petri Honkonen

10:30-11:00 Mikko Alatalo and the music of the Finnish Migration to Sweden in the 1970’s. M.P. Alatalo performs songs that he wrote that became important to the Finns who left Finland.

11:00-12:30 Panel: Migration/Immigration into Finland

  • Kirkon Ulkomaanapu--Finnish Church Aid Abroad representative

14:00 Play: “The Reading Room”/ “Lukusali”

Theatre Fiasko from Joensuu, Finland, performs this one act play about Finnish migrant men, now too old to work, spending their time in a public library reading room. Play performed in English. Post-performance discussion.

15:00 Lenin Museum tours begin. (Groups of 20)

16:00 Play: “The Reading Room”/”Lukusali”

Theatre Fiasko, Joensuu Finland, performs this one act play a second time, this in the Finnish language. Tampere community encouraged to attend.

18:00: Viikinsaari - Travel by boat to this island for supper and a summer dance party

8:30 AM departure: A day with Finland Visual Arts

Mänttä: Serlachius Museum, Gustaf Museum, the Mänttä 2018 Art Festival

Includes lunch at the Serlachius Museum and afternoon coffee at the Gustaf Museum

Stop at Kangasala to see the vista on the way back to Tampere with guest host, Heikki Mäenpää (organizer of Moomin troops that have come to FinnFest in 2011, 2012, and 2013)

  • Opportunity to visit, on your own or with other attendees, sites further away: Riihimäki, Hameenlinna, Turku are all reachable by train from Tampere.
  • Thematic tours in Tampere organized as visits to late 19th century kartano and textile/design sites
  • Reception at the American Embassy in Helsinki (proposed)
  • Tours of sites in Helsinki