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News, 11/20/2017 | Embassy of Finland, Canberra

Updated Finland 100 program for the end of 2017

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Reception for the Finland-inspired Art Exhibition

This is the opening reception for the Finland-inspired Art Exhibition. The three artists, Päivi Arvonen, Steve Salo, and Daniel Soma, will give short presentations to introduce viewers to their work. This is a perfect opportunity to view the exhibition and have a chat with the artists themselves. Refreshments will be available; everyone is welcome but RSVPs are essential for the opening reception.

When: 27 November 2017, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Embassy of Finland in Canberra, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla

Please RSVP to with the full names of all attendees.

Finland-inspired Art Exhibition

As part of Finland's centenary of independence celebration, the Embassy of Finland welcomes everyone to view a unique art exhibition combining the artwork of three different artists inspired by Finnish nature and architecture. The exhibition can be viewed anytime during the Embassy's opening hours and is free of charge for everyone. No bookings required!

When: 28 November 2017 – 31 January 2018, Monday – Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-5pm; Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Embassy of Finland in Canberra, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to message us on Facebook or send us an email:

Päivi Arvonen is a Finnish photographer and journalist. The silence and beauty of the Finnish nature is especially close to her heart. Her photo exhibition “Soul of the Forest” highlights the beauty of untouched Finnish nature in North-Eastern Finland.

Steve Salo is an Australian contemporary painter. His "Paintings from Finland" series of expressionist landscape paintings portrays the impact of the evocative Finnish landscape on human emotion. The artworks were created during an artist residency in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

Daniel Soma is an Australian artist and arts worker. On view is an iteration of his 2016 case study and exhibition, FUTURO!, a collection of works that were in response to a pre-fabricated leisure home designed by Finnish architect, Matti Suuronen.

Yarralumla Does Christmas

In anticipation for Christmas, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra will be decorating a tree in the Finnish style at the Yarralumla Residents Association's Christmas event at Weston Park. Come check it out! The YRA will also be holding a picnic and a concert with bubble blowing.

When: Saturday 2 December 2017, 5 – 7:30pm

Where: Weston Park

Finland turns 100

Join the celebrations in Brisbane, organised by the Finnish community there! See the flyer for more information herepdf.

When: 3 December 2017, 11am

Where: Citipointe Christian College, 322 Wecker Road, Carindale, QLD

Composers of Finland

ABC Classic FM will mark the centenary of Finnish Independence and the Day of Finnish Music by showcasing music from twelve different Finnish composers spanning from the late 18th century to the early 21st century.

When: 4 December 2017, 7:00pm

More information here.

Independence Day Reception

By invitation only.

Finland centenary illuminations around Australia

To celebrate the Finnish centenary of independence, icons in Australia's major cities will be lighting up in Finland's colours, blue and white. This includes landmarks in Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Brisbane and Adelaide. Please click herefor a full list of illuminations, and don't forget to share your photos on social media with the hashtag #finlandinaustralia so we can celebrate this milestone in the spirit and theme of Finland 100, TOGETHER/YHDESSÄ.

When: Finnish Independence Day, 6 December 2017, evening/night

Where: Multiple locations around Australia, see herefor more details.

From Finland – private movie screening of The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas)

The film is the newest release and the third adaptation of the Finnish best-selling novel, The Unknown Soldier, written by Väinö Linna. The film takes place during the Continuation War from 1941 to 1944 and documents different views of war by following the soldiers of a Finnish Army machine gun company.

This adaptation premiered in Finland in October 2017as a part of the Finland 100 program, celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence. It received critical acclaim and broke the opening weekend record for a Finnish film.

We are incredibly excited to be holding the only private screening in the Southern Hemisphere as part of the embassy's Finland 100 program in Australia. For more information about the private screening or to reserve a seat, please email  This is a unique opportunity to see the film this Finland 100 centenary year. We will ask a small contribution to assist in covering the cost of renting the cinema.

When: Tuesday 12 December 2017, 7pm – 10pm (180 min)

Where: Palace Electric Cinema, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra


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