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!
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
- 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.
- 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
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
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