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Film awards, tree-hugging and Finland’s rising food capital

Tree-hugging is a creative sport.

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We have plenty to offer for music lovers this week, from Sibelius’ symphonies to a metal band gone acoustic. Not to mention award-winning Finnish films and even a tree-hugging world champion. Click on any photo to take a detailed look at recent creativity from Finland.

Finland has a new rising capital of food. BBC Travel visited Turku, the oldest city in Finland, and discovered how it is "carving out a new niche as a Nordic food hotspot, driven by invention and a superlative local larder". (Photo: City of Turku / Arto Takala)

Teemu Nikki's film won big at the Beijing International Film Festival. The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic took home the Tiantan Award for best feature film at the festival's closing ceremony. The film, a dramatic thriller shot from the perspective of a blind man, Jaakko, also collected two other major awards, for best screenplay and best leading actor for Petri Poikolainen (pictured). China.org.cn has the story (Photo: Meeri Koutaniemi)

Ruthless Times - Songs of Care received the Zonta Club award at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The award is given to a film with a particularly strong social impact. The documentary by Susanna Helke fits this bill by exploring the state of elderly care in Finland. Read the jury’s statement on Aalto University’s website. (Photo: Ruthless Times)

Pristine nature, snowy vistas and midnight sunlight are some of the specialities Finnish Lapland offers to film crews. These have been noted by the Location International magazine, which features Lapland among its list of unique film locations in Europe. (Photo: Julia Kivelä)

If guitar riffs are close to your heart, then That's Magazines' interview with Jukka Ahonen could be just the thing for you. The article, For Love Not Money: The Best Guitarist You've Never Heard Of, explores Ahonen's approach to cover bands, film music and ethnomusicology. (Photo: Screenshot thatsmags.com)

Now here is a competition for nature lovers. The third annual Tree Hugging World Championships took place in Levi, Finnish Lapland, on 20 August. The event covered three categories: speed hugging, dedication and freestyle. Watch a few select performances from the competition, including by the new world champion, Ani Lankila (pictured), on Euronews. (Photo: Facebook / HaliPuu)

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä has made his recording debut by covering all of Jean Sibelius' symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic. Read Classical Voice's review to find how the 26-year-old Finn fared in tackling the music of "the most intimidating Finnish giant of all". (Photo: Marco Borggreve / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Marimekko has unveiled its spring—summer 2023 collection and a new collaboration. Where the former featured bright colours and unique prints, the latter focused on the minimalistic artwork by New York-based artist Landon Metz. The co-operation comprises four dresses, three tops, a skirt and some accessories with Metz's prints, writes L'Officiel USA. (Photo: Facebook / Marimekko)

Sonata Arctica has announced its second acoustic album. The Finnish power metal band started its acoustic journey in early 2022 with Acoustic Adventures - Volume One album. Now the next instalment, Volume Two, is scheduled to be released on 30 September, writes Heavy Mag. (Photo: Sonata Arctica)

Eeneman enters the smart energy management market at an opportune time. The Finnish startup promises 15-per cent energy savings for buildings using its retrofittable system. The system learns to control a building's energy needs by reading energy consumption and indoor air quality data and combining it in an AI engine with third-party data, such as weather. Read more on the technology on Arctic Startup. (Photo: Visit Finland/ Ville Varumo)

By: Eeva Haaramo