Helsinki’s Flow Festival in August is THE festival for urban music lovers. Here are our local picks for this year’s event.
From political paintings to modern-day tattoos: We explore artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s great influence on Finnish society.
Sibelius, Gallen-Kallela and Halonen, all born in 1865, helped form the Finnish identity. Now two of them post on Facebook.
With Kiasma and the Helsinki Art Museum closed for renovations, we set out to discover some of the city’s other gems.
We talk to Baghdad-born Adel Abidin, who has been making art in Finland using an array of media for more than a decade.
Tove Jansson centenary: The immensely popular Moomins form just one facet of her versatile career in art and literature.
The Jazz Finland Festival shows off the vibrant local scene at the same time as the European Jazz Conference in Helsinki.
Connecting with the right people: Creative-industry pros from Europe and Asia meet at the EARS event in Helsinki.
Helsinki Design Week celebrates its tenth anniversary with recycled fabrics, car-free urban planning solutions and more.
We talk to a couple of the numerous Finnish designers currently making a name for themselves around the world.
The Finns are on a first-name basis with design. Join our grand Finnish design tour.
Our photographers take to the streets for Lux Helsinki’s light installations, which illuminate the city every January.
The Finns’ age-old holiday decoration himmeli is more “in” than ever. We take a closer look and talk to a himmeli maker.
Ever wonder where letters to Santa Claus wind up? We pay him a visit in Finnish Lapland at Santa’s Main Post Office.
Craftsmanship, organic forms and incomparable wow factor are helping Finnish jewellery make waves all over the world.
Finnish comics are gaining recognition abroad and the respect for Finnish education know-how extends to the field of comics as well.
The Helsinki Festival crowns the summer with countless arts events. Best of all, much of it is free – here are our picks.
What is life like for international artists in the picture-perfect Finnish landscape at the Arteles Creative Centre?
How did the Kuopio Dance Festival (June 13–19) become one of Europe’s longest-running, most popular dance events?
Dreams, utopias, homesickness: Photographer Vesa Oja’s Finglish reveals modern Finnish North America (slideshow, video).
Anu Penttinen likes cityscapes, loud colours and expressive forms. Finland’s new generation of glass artists is here.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila knows no boundaries. Helsinki’s Kiasma shows off an extensive collection of her work (watch video).
Meet top choreographer Jorma Elo and dancer Ilya Bolotov as the Finnish Ballet performs at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
French American Kevin Kleinmann came to Finland for a Helsinki Festival summer job and ended up founding a record label.
Ivana Helsinki founder, designer and filmmaker Paola Suhonen says she designs art, not fashion.
In every genre, Finnish bands are playing to packed houses. Here are the top 10 according to a survey on our FB page.
A unique World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project shows how fonts in urban settings relate to local knowledge.
Marking her 150th birthday, Finnish museums honour Helene Schjerfbeck, a bold artist who was ahead of her time.
At the Fashion Library in 2012 World Design Capital Helsinki, you don’t need to empty your wallet to fill your wardrobe.
In Helsinki’s year as World Design Capital 2012, students and senior citizens tackle the issues of an aging population.
Slideshow: Engaging nature photos ranging from northern Finnish scenery to Helsinki crows with a sense of humour.
Slideshow: Photographer Aki-Pekka Sinikoski displays Finnish teenagers struggling on the threshold of independence.
Helsinki’s the focus of the circus world as the 6th Cirko Festival wows fans at the new Cirko Centre (see our slideshow).
Finnish literature is going further than ever. Join our tour of prose, poetry and publishing (and Finland-Swedish books).
Contemporary Indian art occupies the limelight at Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace.
Acrobatic vampires, a dancing tower, a symphony of cannons – all this and more during Turku’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2011.
Finnish photo great Pentti Sammallahti’s career in focus at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki: Sample seven of his pictures in our slideshow.
Grand maître of Finnish dance Jorma Uotinen celebrated his 40-year dance and choreography career with a triple bill at the National Opera House.
Culture Gallery is a chic, interactive website that showcases the work of young, exciting Finnish artists and designers.
The world’s first deaf rapper, Signmark raps in sign language, taking a stand on issues that matter – in New York’s Washington Square Park, among other places.
The Finnish comic scene is out to entertain, bemuse and show that it’s more than just superheroes.
Four five-minute videos show off Europe’s best-kept secret: Finland.
The Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, has inspired generations of artists and helped shape the nation's identity.
Which is about the adventures of writer and artist Tove Jansson’s career, including the creation of the world-renowned Moomin characters.
Albert Edelfelt lived and painted in Paris for more than 15 years, becoming Finland's first cosmopolitan art icon.
Mauri Kunnas and his cast of canine characters succeed in bringing history and literature to life in his children’s books.
Welcome to the land of Oz – a jewellery shop run by a goldsmith and a silversmith in downtown Helsinki.
We meet Harri Koskinen, a famous designer who is so modest that he doesn't even admit to being modest.
Finland’s largest arts festival is held at multiple venues in Helsinki as summer turns to autumn.
"People can carry their holidays with them, and rest when they wish," said Timo Sarpaneva, one of the greats of Finnish design.