Finland Offers Exciting Festivals This Summer And Autumn

Finland welcomes visitors to share in its upcoming cultural and sporting events as it continues to celebrate Helsinki’s World Design Capital status and gears up to host the 2012 Alpine Skiing World Cup, as well as putting on a number of quirky film and music festivals. Holidaymakers looking for something a little different will be inspired by Visit Finland’s best picks below:

Helsinki Design Week- 6-16 September
The city wide festival is themed around co-creation with design workshops, exhibitions, fashion shows, visits to studios which are usually closed to the public as well as exciting shopping opportunities. The highlight of the week is Design Market, where extra stock from large and small companies is put on sale, meaning that visitors can make huge bargains on carpets, furniture and clothing from top designers. www.helsinkidesignweek.comHelsinki International Film Festival- 20-30 September
2012 marks the 24th Helsinki International Film Festival ( which promotes the art of filmmaking, the most inventive and controversial new films and new talent. This year will see a constant open-air screen at Narinkka Square hosting recent shorts, animations and music videos, a special culture tram showing short films, pop up cafes screening the latest films and festival club nights.Tampere Jazz Happening- 1-4 November
The 30th Tampere Jazz Happening will feature high profile Finnish musicians and top international jazz players in four days of blues playing on stage, as well as in intimate club sessions. Tickets cost £28 for a day pass and £72 for a full festival pass and can be bought at:

Night Visions Film Festival- 2-4 November
The Night Visions is Finland’s biggest, oldest and most prestigious film festival. With a focus on horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema the festival brings the best of each genre to Finland with old and new films from world famous directors and younger film makers. The audience then votes for the winner of the Night Visions Award. Tickets can be purchased at

Etnosoi Music Festival- 7-11 November
The Helsinki based festival gives music festivals a new edge by inviting up and coming bands from all over the world with music ranging from African acoustic to Hungarian electronic and folk music from Turkey. The festival started in 1988 and is now the oldest world music festival. Tickets cost £20 per person and can be booked at

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