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September 27, 2017

This October, to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independency, Suomi Finland 100 Singapore (SF100SG) will bring many cultural events to Singapore. Among them, the first Finnish Film Festival in Singapore, Kamome Diner movie presented together with Japan Creative Centre, Janne Mertanen’s piano recital, the “Arctic meets Tropic” choir workshop, Soile Ylimäyry’s art exhibition and the Karaoke World Championships national finals.

 

With the variety of cultural events SF100SG wants to build bridges between Singapore and Finland through arts. Katariina Benedetti, Project director of SF100SG, is looking forward to seeing many Singaporeans taking part to the events and to explore a wider collaboration on a cultural level between the two countries.

 

  • Finnish people are very interested in everything that can be defined as a cultural event. We enjoy live performances, we are among the most avid readers in the world, we support local museums even in the smallest towns, and in more recent years we have come up with innovative ways of conceiving art, with a booming street art scene in various cities in Finland, just as an example. Singapore is culturally as active as Finland is, and that is why we are offering an array of cultural events here, a sneak peek into Finnish music, movies, literary and art events, says Benedetti.

 

The SF100SG cultural events in October:

 

Janne Mertanen in Northern Sounds Piano Recital on October 2, 2017

Finnish pianist Janne Mertanen performs at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Mertanen has become known particularly as a Chopin interpreter, as his repertoire covers the composer´s piano music comprehensively. In 2015 Mertanen recorded all Sibelius' piano works for Sony Classical label with great reviews. He is a full-time soloist and a Steinway-artist.

 

In Mertanen’s Asia tour in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur he performs music both by Finnish composers and Chopin. From Singapore he continues to Kuopio, Finland to perform with the city's symphony orchestra.

 

More information: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/international-artist-series-janne-mertanen-tickets-37834645443

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA): www.nafa.edu.sg

 

 

Movie: Kamome shokudō - Kamome Diner on September 30 and October 7, 2017

Kamome Diner is a 2005 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, and it is based on a novel by Yōko Mure. The film is set in Helsinki, capital of Finland, and follows a Japanese woman who sets up a diner serving Japanese food in the city, and the friends she makes in the process. The film brings together the best of Japanese and Finnish arts and cinematography. The events are organized together with Japan Creative Centre in Singapore.

 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/JCCEOJ/posts/1520619284643205

 

 

Finnish Film Festival and “We love Finland” party on October 12 to 15, 2017

The first Finnish Film Festival in Singapore showcases six Finnish films, all less than 3 years old. The films represent the new wave of Finnish feature films and documentaries, and have been carefully selected by Viknesh Kobinathan, Curator of The Projector movie theatre in Singapore.

 

The opening film “Little Wing” tells a story of a soulful young girl in search of her long-lost father. To divorce or not to divorce is the question in the documentary "Every Other Couple". "The Tale of a Lake" is a nature document showing the beauty of the Arctic seasons, while the thrilling document "Diving into the Unknown" tells a story of a secret diving mission, where a group of Finnish cave divers try to retrieve the bodies of their friends from deep inside underwater cave in Norway. Real historic events are featured in both "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki" - a boxer on the verge of a personal victory - and "The Fencer" - a story of a man escaping his past and finding new meaning in teaching innocent children.

 

Marko Röhr, director of “Tale of a Lake” is available for interview on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 after the 2 pm show.

 

To celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence with music and fun, “We Love Finland” party will take place on Saturday evening, October 14th at The Projector. At the party DJs from Finland will play a prime selection of Finnish music from the past 100 years. The “We Love Finland” jubilee tour is organised in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of Finland in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Rome, Istanbul and Oslo and will take place in various locations, with different themes in each city.

 

More information on Finnish Film Festival: https://www.sf100.sg/single-post/2017/01/01/Finnish-Film-Festival

 

“We Love Finland” party: For more information and admission please contact Ms. Tarja Parkkinen, Second Secretary, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland Singapore, email: tarja.parkkinen@formin.fi.

 

www.theprojector.sg

 

 

“Artic meets Tropic” choir workshop on October 14 to 15, 2017

Finnish choir conductor Mari Koistinen leads the “Arctic Meets Tropic” choir workshop co-organised by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) alumni choir. The choir workshop gathers together singers from various local choirs and Finns in Singapore to explore the rich Finnish choral tradition with a repertoire featuring folk music and classics that have been pivotal to the country’s musical heritage. The workshop will culminate in two performances in Finnish Independence Day celebrations in December.

 

More information: http://www.acjcchoir.sg/allsing/

 

 

Soile Yli-Mäyry art exhibition on October 14 to 22, 2017

Soile Yli-Mäyry is a Finnish artist whose artwork has been exhibited in over 30 countries in over 300 art exhibitions. She is now returning to Singapore for an art exhibition at the Goshen Gallery. This year Yli-Mäyry celebrates Finland’s 100 years of Independence with seven exhibitions abroad: New York, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Rome, Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai.

 

Soile Yli-Mäyry makes her paintings by using a palette knife. She uses paint in three ways: a thin, even coat, thick lines and by scraping lines into the painted area, for a three-dimensional look. The main theme in Yli-Mäyry’s work is humanity and people’s alienation from nature in the urban world.

 

More information: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/digidream-by-soile-yli-mayry-tickets-38571858467

 

 

Karaoke World Championships (KWC) National Finals on October 15th, 2017

KWC is the world’s biggest amateur singing competition organised by a Finnish event brand. The Singapore national finals are scheduled to take place on October 15th, and the winner will fly to Finland to compete in Helsinki in November at the world finals, with country champions from more than 30 countries. The categories in the International finals are male, female and duet Karaoke World Champions. Singapore hosted the finals in 2015 in conjunction with SG50 and this year, as Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence, the finals will take place in Helsinki.

 

More information: http://www.kwcsingapore.com/

 

 

For more information on Suomi Finland 100 Singapore contact:

Katariina Benedetti, Project director, Suomi Finland 100 Singapore, katariina.benedetti@sf100.sg or phone: 8818 0582.

 

 

Suomi Finland 100 Singapore is an organisation working closely with the Embassy of Finland running over 60 events in Singapore this year. The events are planned around four main themes: healthcare and well-being, education, innovation and design. The main goal is to greatly strengthen the knowledge of Finland by building bridges that would boost cultural and university exchange programs, tourism, business and investment opportunities with Singapore.

 

Website: www.sf100.sg

Social media: #SF100SG

 

 

 

 

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