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IN PICTURES: The weekend wrap

The annual floral-dress-high-heels-swamp-skiing competition (korkokenkäkukkamekkosuohiihto) was held last week in the town of Pudasjärvi. Just Finnish people doing Finnish things, it seems.Credits: : Town of Pudasjärvi

It has been quite the experimental week in the arts world! Finnish films go full indie, Mars-inspired soundscapes released and shoes made from coffee. Discover the past seven days in lifestyle and entertainment from a Finnish perspective

Ulla Heikkilä is among the handpicked bunch of Finnish directors showcasing their work at the 25th New Nordic Films event. (Photo: Kuokkasen kuvaamo) Read Variety’s article

These boots were made for saving the world, and that’s just what they’ll do! Just ask Finnish startup Rens, which is making the world’s first shoes from sustainable coffee yarn. (Photo: Facebook/Rens) Read Retail Insight Network’s article

Teemu Mäki’s short film How Many Genders Are There? is a story of transgender people and will be screening with plenty of other Finnish films at the Seoul International NewMedia Festival. (Photo: Teemu Mäki) Read AV-Arkki’s article

Gold&Green Foods serves Taco Bell Spain a vegetarian alternative with its pulled oats, made from oats and fava beans. (Photo: Paulig) Read our Daily Brief

There has been all kinds of praise for directress Zaida Bergroth ahead of the screening of her latest film, Maria’s Paradise, at the New Nordic Films and the Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo: SES) Read Variety’s article

More rye whisky anyone? Kyrö Distillery is ramping up production by building another distillery to meet international demand for its single malt rye whisky. (Photo: Veera Kujala) Read The Spirits Business’ article

Finnish Nightmares has been empowering introverts since 2016 and has also evolved into a 96-page book illustrating unnecessarily awkward situations with the help of stickman Matti. (Photo: Karoliina Korhonen) Read Cool Hunting’s article

The Golden Age of Finnish art will take over Tallin’s Adamson-Eric Museum with works from Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. (Photo: Finnish National Gallery/Matti Janas) Read The Baltic Times’ article

Self-taught Finnish music producer Lukas Lundén is about to drop his debut album, Lo Tech, after 11 years of exploring multi-genre soundscapes. (Photo: Lukas Lundén) Read Resident Advisor’s article

Musician and film-maker Anna Eriksson picked up the main prize at the Prague Independent Film Festival for her experimental film M. (Photo: Cursum Perficio) Read our Daily Brief

Finnish cello-metal band Apocalyptica gives a voice to oceans and icebergs in Victor Kossakovsky’s film Aquarela. (Photo: Elina Manninen) Read Forbes’ article

Artist Jenna Sutela has released her debut LP, which is inspired, among other things, by a computer’s interpretation of a Martian tongue from the late 1800s. (Photo: Twitter/Tiny Mix Tapes) Read Tiny Mix Tapes’ article

By: Samuli Ojala