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DocPoint: Helsinki Documetary Film Festival
» Jan 22-27

DocPoint is one of the largest documentary film festival in the Nordic countries. In Finland, it is the only festival solely dedicated to documentary films.
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Light show: Lux Helsinki
» Jan 4–8

Light shows shower Helsinki landmarks and parks with colour, texture and contrast.
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Christmas World, Helsinki
» Dec 1, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013

This Christmas market offers shopping, music and activities in downtown Helsinki for residents and tourists alike. You might even bump into Santa Claus!
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Tampere Illuminations
» Oct 28, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013

Trumpets, fireworks and a fire show are all part of the programme when this event kicks off on Oct 28 on Tampere’s Central Square.
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Floating World
» Until Jan 20

Contemporary works by Finnish artists explore the peculiar concept of time, at Korundi House of Culture in Rovaniemi.
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52 Souls
» Until Feb 17

Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki presents a major exhibition of symbolist landscapes painted between 1880 and 1910 by 52 famous Finnish and international artists.
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Helsinki International Boat Show 2013
» Feb 8-17

Finland's most popular boating fair has grown into the biggest event of its kind in the Nordic countries.
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The Shrove Tuesday 2013
» Feb 12

Traditional sledging day in Finland. In Helsinki students compete with self-made sledges in Kaivopuisto.
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Ice Castle Spectacle, Heinola and Savonlinna
» Feb 15–23

Ice Castle 2013 consists of two impressive ice sculpting events accompanied by cultural and sports programmes.
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Restaurant Day, Helsinki, Turku, Tampere
» Feb 17

On this festival day pop up restaurants, cafés and bars are open without permissions for a day. Enjoy the food carnival and explore the restaurants in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.
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52 Souls
» Until Feb 17

Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki presents a major exhibition of symbolist landscapes painted between 1880 and 1910 by 52 famous Finnish and international artists.
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Tango Frostbite, Helsinki International Argentine Tango Festival
» Feb 21–24

The coolest of the coolest tango festival will definitely break the ice and fill your heart with warmth. Towards the end of the festival your sore feet can get a proper cold treatment with a dip to a frozen sea.
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Finlandia Ski Marathon, Lahti, Hollola
» Feb 23–24

The traditional Finnish skiing event, Finlandia Ski Marathon, celebrates its 40th aniversary.
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Tampere Film Festival
» March 6–10

Enjoy a variety of national & international competitions and special programmes. This year, the festival takes a cinematic journey from the Philippines and China to India and Vietnam in the Doc: Asia screenings.
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Lahti Ski Games
» March 8–10

Globally renowned ski jumpers, cross-country skiers and Nordic combined athletes compete in eight World Cup competitions in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the 88th Lahti Ski Games.
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Tampere Dance Current Contemporary Dance Festival
» Apr 16–21

This splendid celebration will bring the most interesting makers and works of Finnish contemporary dance into the city.
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Funky Elephant Festival, Helsinki
» Apr 18–21

The funkiest festival in town represents both international and national artist.
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Pop in a Shop , Helsinki
» Apr 22–27

Pop in a Shop is a biannual event for local specialized shops, services, restaurants and cafes. The idea of the Pop in a Shop -week is to make services of local shopkeepers known.
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27th April Jazz, Espoo
» Apr 24–28

Jazzy sounds bring the spring! Enjoy jazz music and get to know the best Finnish and international jazz artists.
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Restaurant Day
» May 18

On this festival day pop up restaurants, cafés and bars are open without permissions for a day. Enjoy the food carnival and explore the restaurants in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.
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Cleaning Day
» May 25

Siivouspäivä, Cleaning Day, is a new day of celebration for friends of recycling, secondhand, and urban culture. It transforms cities into giant flea markets, where anyone can sell or give away their needless stuff.
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World Village Festival
» May 25–26

Cultures from all over the world meet in Helsinki for a festival of world views, music, circus, dance, theatre, art and activities.
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Midnight Sun Film Festival
» Jun 12–16

Famous directors from all over the world mingle with young filmmakers, an international audience and local villagers under the midnight sun in far-northern Sodankylä.
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Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland

Kuopio Dance Festival 2013
» Jun 13–Jun 19

Now in its 44th year, the oldest and largest dance festival in the Nordic countries offers exciting performances from around the world.
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Taste of Helsinki, Finland

Taste of Helsinki
» Jun 13–Jun 16

If you love food and drink, you'll absolutely love The Taste of Helsinki. The event brings an outdoor food court to central Finlandia Park, which is located behind the Music Centre.
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Jukola Orienteering, Finland

Jukola 2013 Orienteering Relay
» Jun 15–Jun 16

A true gem in the Finnish sporting calendar, with 17,000 athletes from 23 countries. Men and women, amateurs and professionals – the magic of Finland’s white summer nights leads them back year after year.
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Savonlinna Opera Festival
» Jul 5–Aug 3

A huge event in the world of opera, staged in a medieval castle in the beautiful lakeside town of Savonlinna in eastern Finland.
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Wife Carrying World Championships
» Jul 5–6

This event, described by organisers in the village of Sonkajärvi as 50 percent sport and 50 percent humour, has been attracting strong men and tenacious women since it was founded in 1992.
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Kaustinen Folk Music Festival
» Jul 8–14

Kaustinen reigns as the biggest folk music and dance festival in the Nordic countries.
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Finnish Gold Panning Championships 2013
» Jul 19–21

The village of Tankavaara in Finnish Lapland hosts “pro” gold panners every summer for a competition with no silver medal.
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Savonlinna Opera Festival
» Jul 5–Aug 3

A huge event in the world of opera, staged in a medieval castle in the beautiful lakeside town of Savonlinna in eastern Finland.
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Korsholm Music Festival
» Jul 31–Aug 7

Turning 31 this year, Korsholm offers chamber music and white nights in and around Vaasa on the west coast of Finland.
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Flow Festival
» Aug 7–11

Formerly a fringe event, Helsinki’s Flow Festival now forms a major music and arts festival. The selection of up-and-coming and established bands includes indie-rock, soul, jazz, folk and contemporary club sounds, from both Finland and abroad.
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Art Goes Kapakka
» Aug 15–24

Art goes Kapakka is a ten-day cultural city event in Helsinki, Finland. The festival is held on August 15.-24.8.2013 at the best restaurants, bars and cafes in centre of Helsinki.
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Weekend Festival
» Aug 16–17

Weekend Festival presents domestic and international artists and DJ's in Kyläsaari, Helsinki.
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Helsinki Festival
» Aug 16–Sept 1

Finland's largest arts festival is held at multiple venues in Helsinki as summer turns to autumn.
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Helsinki Festival
» Aug 16–Sept 1

Finland's largest arts festival is held at multiple venues in Helsinki as summer turns to autumn.
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Lahti Sibelius Festival 2013
» Sept 5–8

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra gathers together Sibelius’s friends from all over the world and to offer them a truly memorable weekend in the company of Sibelius's music.
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Helsinki Comics Festival
» Sept 6–8

The main themes of this year’s festival, held on Lasipalatsi Square and other downtown venues, are comics for children and North American comics.
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Helsinki Design Week
» Sept 12–22

Helsinki Design Week is an annual city festival for design in all the ways that design appears in our lives. Events happen all across the city and can be about traditional or industrial design, fashion, communication or even music.
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Porvoo Jazz Festival
» Sept 13–14

Porvoo will see the start of a new, international jazz festival. The line up for 2013 includes top jazz artists from Finland and Spain giving concerts during the event, and presenting original music in unforgettable concerts.
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Monsters of Pop
» Sept 19–22

Monsters of Pop concentrates on showing the freshest, most contemporary and intresting indie-groups. The festival also flexes annually its’ musical muscle towards electronic and more artful popmusic.
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Helsinki International Film Festival: Love and Anarchy
» Sept 19–29

Around 120 feature films and 80 shorts are showing at this year’s Love and Anarchy, an event that has grown massively since its humble beginnings in 1988.
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Finlandia Trophy
» Oct 4–6

The 18th Finlandia Trophy International Figure Skating Competition takes place at the Barona Arena in Espoo.
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Herring Market
» Oct 7–13

Herring, herring and still more herring! Held on Helsinki’s Market Square, the annual Herring Market was first organised in 1743, making it the city’s longest-running event.
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Carnival of Light
» Oct 12–20

The Carnival of Light forms the season finale at Helsinki’s Linnanmäki Amusement Park, with free music, performers, festive lights and fireworks.
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Lost in Music
» Oct 16–19

Lost in Music is an annual city festival held in downtown Tampere, presenting over 100 artists in clubs and venues. The festival showcases new up-and-coming pop, rock, indie, metal and hip hop bands as well as world music.
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Dimanche Rouge Estonia-Finland-France
» Oct 17–20

This tri-national festival features 100 cutting-edge performance artists from 30 different countries at a range of venues, from prominent art institutions to alternative un-institutions.
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Helsinki International Horse Show
» Oct 17–20

Horses, horses and still more horses! This event gathers top riders from 20 different countries, as well as Finnish stars and an audience of 40,000.
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Tampere Illuminations
» Oct 27–Jan 6

Trumpets, fireworks and a fire show are all part of the programme when this event kicks off on Oct 27 on Tampere’s Central Square.
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Arctic Fury film and media festival
» Nov 6–10

Cinematography and media art comes to Rovaniemi in the beginning of the period of darkness. The program offers a wide variety of Nordic drama as well as authentic documentaries from arctic regions.
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Etnosoi!
» Nov 6–10

Etnosoi! 2013 presents artists from Nordic countries and England among many top class Finnish artists.
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SLUSH 2013
» Nov 11–12

Slush, the leading startup conference in Northern Europe and Russia, takes place at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland.
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Kaamosjazz
» Nov 21–24

Kaamosjazz is an annual event held in Finnish Lapland, in Tankavaara and the hotels and restaurants of nearby Saariselkä.
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World Cup Opening Ruka
» Nov 29–Dec 1

Ski Jumping, Cross Country and Nordic Combined competition weekend. Great atmosphere: 25 000 spectators, 10 competitions, 30 nations, 400 competitors.
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Tampere Christmas Market
» Dec 6–22

The Christmas Market offers relaxing moments and a merry atmosphere, performances to raise your holiday spirits to the fullest, and many artists and craftspeople presenting and selling their uniquely Finnish artworks and products.
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We Jazz 2013
» Dec 9–14

We Jazz 2013 is a new jazz event in Helsinki, 9-14 DEC 2013. It’s an installation of sorts, a utopia if you will, of a city brimming with high-quality jazz concerts each night. Concerts, which give room to many a varying artistic vision within the vast realm of jazz.
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Tampere Illuminations
» Oct 27–Jan 6

Tampere Illuminations brighten up winter’s darkest months every year with some 165 fantastic light figures consisting of 23,000 led bulbs hung high above the city streets
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