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Film industry shines, heavy metal meets folk music and autumn colours arrive

September is the best time to experience the full glory of autumn colours in Lapland.

Julia Kivelä/ Visit Finland

The film industry takes sauna meetings, skateboarding becomes a high school programme and the Finnish national library is noted for its beauty. Click on any photo and take a look at recent creativity from Finland.

No more detentions for skateboarding in school. Samke central upper secondary school in Tampere is launching Finland’s first high school skateboarding programme. The programme emphasises subjects such as photography, video production and event organisation, which all play key roles in the skating culture. (Photo: Samu Karvonen) Read Yle’s article

The Finnish Film Affair celebrates round numbers. In 10 years, the industry event has grown into an international showcase for Finnish films and Nordic talent. Naturally, the programme includes sauna meetings. (Photo: Maria Tasula) Learn more in Variety’s article

Pajtim Statovci’s Bolla has been shortlisted for one of the richest literary awards in the world, Kirkus Prize. The intense and emotional novel has already won the Finlandia prize. (Photo: Anniliina Lassila) Read Kirkus’ review here.

If you visit Helsinki, make sure to check out the National Library of Finland. Established in 1640, the library houses over three million books and periodicals. It has been chosen among Europe’s 10 most stunning libraries by dlmag. (Photo: Kansalliskirjasto)

Fans of European cinema are promised a treat by the 24th Cine Europa. This year the film festival, organised by the EU in the Philippines, offers 17 films to watch for free online. Among them is the Finnish film Aurora, where a commitment-phobic party animal meets an Iranian immigrant at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. (Photo: Dionosys Films) Read more at Manila Bulletin

Nature, fruit and travel. These themes continue to inspire Finnish illustrator Antti Kalevi. Kalevi has worked with companies such as Apple, Elle and The New York Times and recently expanded to fabrics prints in collaboration with Finnish fashion brands Samuji and Marimekko. (Photo: Antti Kalevi ) Read Creative Boom’s interview with Kalevi

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto will soon be available for English-speaking readers. The English rights to the book about the famous Finnish architect couple, written by their grandson Heikki Aalto-Alanen, have been acquired by Phaidon Press. (Photo: Aalto family collection) Ahlback Agency has the news.

The Television Academy has recognised a Finn. The effects team of Star Trek: Discovery’ won the Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Single Episode. Finnish VFX supervisor Toni Pykäläniemi is one of the project’s team leaders. (Photo: TrekCore/ Facebook) Read more at DNEG.

English folk and Finnish metal music meet on a new album called Henki (‘spirit’). It’s a result of creative collaboration between songwriter Richard Dawson and metal act Circle. (Photo: Antti Uusimäki) Listen to the first track from the project on Pitchfork

It’s the season for glorious shades of reds, oranges and yellows. Autumn colours (or ‘ruska’ to locals) have taken over the landscape in Lapland. (Photo: Julia Kivelä/ Visit Finland)

By: Eeva Haaramo