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Weekend Wrap

Fashion shows, film festivals and snow architecture

Tia Kouvo's feature film Family Time premieres at Berlinale.

Sami Kuokkanen/ Aamu Film Company

It has been an eventful few weeks for Finnish design, film and music. We have something for everyone, from indie folk music and melodic doom metal to film festivals and a car showroom made out of snow. Take a detailed look at recent creativity from Finland.

First snow hotels and now car dealerships. Finnish company Frozen Innovations used 3 000 cubic metres of snow to build a pop-up showroom in Rovaniemi, Finland, for electric car brand Polestar. According to Newsweek, the 12-metre-high cube took about 20 days to build. It will be taken down after 26 February, and the snow will be returned to a nearby skiing resort.


Tarja Turunen is coming to the US. The heavy metal singer will kick off a 12-city US tour titled Living The Dream on 14 June in Philadelphia. The tour follows the release of Turunen’s latest solo album, Best Of: Living The Dream. Check out the rest of the dates on Blabbermouth.

Tim Tronckoe

Metal music lovers are also being treated by the release of Hanging Garden’s new single, The Fireside. It’s the second song revealed from the melodic doom metal band’s upcoming album, The Garden, set to be released in March. Watch the music video on BraveWords.

Facebook / Hanging Garden

Vaarnii, a 2021-founded furniture company, is on a mission to create “striking yet simple objects that will endure for generations”. ICON magazine explores how the company works towards this goal by tapping into sustainable timber resources in Finland and working with local craftspeople.


Tia Kouvo’s debut feature, Family Time, will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film, a humorous and sharp study of family relations, is the first Finnish title in the festival’s competitive Encounters section. The Finnish Film Foundation has the news. 

Sami Kuokkanen/ Aamu Film Company

ScreenDaily has revealed an exclusive clip from upcoming Finnish TV series Helsinki Syndrome. The 8-episode thriller focuses on an entrepreneur and family man, Elias Karo, whose vendetta against the government causes him to take four journalists hostage. The series will become available on 16 February. 

Fisher King / Kimmo Korhonen

Finnish building services company Caverion has struck a 11.5-million-euro agreement with The Centre of Registers of Lithuania. The deal covers all technical and smart solutions for the centre’s fully renovated, energy-efficient offices in Vilnius. Read more on Caverion’s press release.


Looking to combine bluegrass, Finnish folk, rockabilly and metal? Steve ‘n’ Seagulls offers all of that in a “wild mixture,” Tone Deaf writes. The “viral sensations” have been added to Bluefest Byron Bay’s lineup. The band is also playing two sideshows while in Australia.

Steve 'n' Seagulls

 “A breathtaking concept album that proves the perfect soundtrack to today’s unprecedented times.” The Atwood Magazine is full of praise for the sophomore album of the Finnish indie folk duo Tuomo & Markus, Game Changing. The magazine caught up with the pair to discuss how the LP was born.

Tero Ahonen

Upcoming Finnish feature Light Light Light has secured an international distributor, Variety reveals. Indie company Intramovies will handle the film’s sales outside its home market. The film, directed by Inari Niemi and produced by Lucy Loves Drama, is currently in post-production.

Birgit Püve / Lucy Loves Drama

Ervin Latimer showcased the third seasonal collection of his label Latimmier at Copenhagen Fashion Week. According to HypeBeast, the collection was impacted by the designer’s battles with exhaustion and burnout and “was composed of 11 looks boasting elevated craftsmanship and recycled fabrics, seeing the brand find itself in a new light”.

By: Eeva Haaramo