What a better way to spend your next vacation than in Finland for FinnFest. This year's event will be held August 16 though the 21st in beautiful Joensuu, Finland.
FinnFest USA Returns to Finland for Its 2020 Festival, August 16–21
Posting courtesy of K. Marianne Wargelin and the Newsletter of the Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
FinnFest USA announces its 2020 festival, this time in Joensuu, a metropolitan region in Eastern Finland. The northern Karelia location will clarify for Americans this culturally significant region and new understanding of Finland today, while speakers and site visits will unlock a better understanding of Finnish America’s own past and present.
Following the usual structure of its American-sited festivals, this FinnFest USA festival will create an experience built out of the resources of the festival site. Beginning Sunday evening, August 16, and continuing through the evening of August 21, FinnFest USA attendees will join Joenyö, an annual city-wide community “night-out party.”
This six-day Finnish immersion experience focuses on both the historic and contemporary: the world from which Elias Lonnröt and late nineteenth century artists and composers, people like Järnefelt, Gallen-Kallela, and Sibelius created a Finnish national identity, a world in which contemporary Finns confront enormous environmental changes while reaffirming equitable health and education goals for all. These topics, introduced in lectures and discussions, precede tours within and beyond the central city. For example, on Tuesday, lectures on landscape and climate precede travel to Koli, Finland’s quintessential landscape. Wednesday, choose a topic (Finland’s health care, crafts world or education systems) and then combine lectures and discussions with site visits within Joensuu. Thursday, an all-day tour to Ilomansti provides an intimate connection to Karelia without visiting Russia. Winter and Continuation War battle sites introduce the contemporary experiences of Finland with its eastern neighbor. Evenings include concerts and films.
For further 2020 festival details, go to https://finnfest.us.
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