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Digital fashion, virtual museums and pop-up performances

Helsinki Festival tackled COVID restrictions by organising cosy art experiences in courtyards around the city.

Petri Anttila

Unconventional cultural events, a local’s tips for travellers in Finland and international demand for Finnish TV series. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

Sauna, tango and the archipelago. These are the top tips from Vikings star and environmentalist Jasper Pääkkönen for anyone travelling to Finland. (Photo: Löyly) Pääkkönen shared his Finnish favourites with Condé Nast Traveller.

A night to remember. Santtu-Matias Rouvali started his tenure as London Philharmonia’s new principal conductor by taking on “two titanic scores” from Strauss – and succeeding. The concert received glowing reviews in British media, including in Evening Standard. (Photo: Kaupo Kikkas)

Fashion in the era of politicisation and digital disruption. Helsinki’s Design Museum explores the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes we wear in its new exhibition Intimacy. It showcases the works of over 40 designers and highlights how digitalisation impacts the ways fashion is manufactured, distributed and consumed. (Photo: Paavo Lehtonen) Read WWD’s article for more.

The Finnish Government has launched a virtual museum to support COVID crisis recovery. The Museum of Contemporary Emotions uses art and science to record feelings and experiences during the pandemic. Designed to help people to reflect on the crisis, the museum features works from 30 photographers and six artists. (Photo: Visit Finland) Yle writes about the exhibition.

Exercise in style. Marimekko and Adidas continue their activewear collaboration with a new autumn-and-winter collection. It introduces Marimekko’s iconic print design Unikko (poppy) into sports apparel for the first time. (Photo: Marimekko) Checkout Hypebae for more.

Pop-up gift performances, block concerts and outdoor exhibitions. Two of Helsinki’s beloved cultural events, the Helsinki Festival and Helsinki Design Week, used imaginative ways to offer memorable experiences while respecting pandemic restrictions. (Photo: Saara Autere) ThisisFINLAND has the story on how they succeeded.

The first-ever Finnish original comes to HBO Max. The American streaming service has commissioned a six-episode crime series with the working title ID from Helsinki-filmi. The series, created by Mia Ylönen and Aleksi Bardy, revolves around an art-fraud investigator going undercover. (Photo: HBO Max) Read more in Cineuropa’s article.

The Invisible Child is a story about a girl made invisible by maltreatment. Now this iconic Moomin short story will help to gain visibility for endangered languages. It will be translated into nine local languages in different African and Latin American countries as part of an initiative launched by PEN international and Moomin Characters. (Photo: Olli Oilinki/ Visit Finland) Checkout Moomin Characters for more.

Two parents crossing the line to save their son. This is the premise of A Good Family, a new Finnish thriller series that promises a fresh take on Scandinavian crime drama. The show’s world sales rights have just been acquired by Paris-based distributor APC. (Photo: Facebook/ Samuli Edelmann Official/ Juho Korpela Photography) Read Variety’s exclusive.

Snow is a source of inspiration for many Finnish things. This includes the country’s pavilion, Snow Cape, at Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed by JKMM Architects, the building resembles a snow-covered Arabic tent and offers a calming meeting place with a focus on nature and sustainability. (Photo: Marc Goodwin) The building has been highlighted by Designboom and Gulf News.

By: Eeva Haaramo