Each year we create a pop-up town celebrating the connections betweeen Finland and the USA, and this year we travel to Detroit and use the region to inspire themes for the programming.
In 2019, the festival travels to Detroit from September 19-22. Thursday will involve three all-day seminars (Labor History, Genealogy, and Finnish language learning). On Friday/Saturday, seminars and workshops will share space and time with a tori featuring booths selling products and presenting information. On Sunday, guided tours will unwrap both historic and contemporary Detroit. All-ages community events celebrating Finnish America through song, food, and folk dancing are also daily occurences. There will be opportunities to learn Finnish, to enjoy nature at the historic Finn Camp, and to connect with old friends and make new ones.
This year, the Detroit setting has encouraged us to emphasize the automobile industry and the Detroit Finnish community. The festival will highlight the Finnish-American influence in such diverse areas as labor organizing, wellness, and architecture. We will also consider the theme of migration, through the lens of urban and rural communities in contemporary Finland and the USA, as well as migrations from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Detroit.
Join us to learn, connect, and celebrate!