Helsinki’s Flow Festival in August is THE festival for urban music lovers. Here are our local picks for this year’s event.
Finnish speaker makers have long been held in high esteem. We visit new Helsinki companies attuned to fresh aesthetics.
The first time I heard heavy metal music, I knew I had to visit Finland. The dream comes true with a trip to Helsinki’s Tuska Festival
Why are Finnish heavy metal bands so popular around the world? It originates in the music’s complexity and rich emotional content.
We look at the surprisingly colourful, rude story of Finnish punk, from the 1970s to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest and beyond.
This year’s Finnish band in Eurovision is unique in several ways – and is creating a media stir around the globe.
We talk with Finnish punk band PKN about how it feels to be an unusual entrant in the kitsch-laden Eurovision Song Contest.
Sibelius’s 150th birthday: Find out how the composer’s own piano sounds, and what he and heavy metal have in common.
The 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius’s birth is celebrated in 2015 with events in Finland and around the world.
The Jazz Finland Festival shows off the vibrant local scene at the same time as the European Jazz Conference in Helsinki.
With thriving festivals and clubs across the country, jazz fans in Finland have never had it as good as they do now.
Connecting with the right people: Creative-industry pros from Europe and Asia meet at the EARS event in Helsinki.
We meet Finnish luthier Kari Nieminen, whose guitars are in the hands of the Rolling Stones, The Who, ZZ Top and The Rasmus.
Finnish Culture Day (Feb 28): The national instrument, the kantele, gets louder and even a bit angry (yes, as in birds).
Hear how three high-energy Helsinki bands fearlessly mix musical styles for fun: Mopo, Dalindèo and Ricky-Tick Big Band.
Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, who helped the Minnesota Orchestra win a Grammy, talks about his high standards.
In Finland, kids’ music is fun, educational, exportable and reptilian. Hevisaurus gets heavy metal to the under-ten crowd.
The Helsinki Festival crowns the summer with countless arts events. Best of all, much of it is free – here are our picks.
Slideshow: When Helsinki music fans flocked to the Flow Festival for the 10th year in a row, our photographer was there.
Music duo Kaivama gains fans with a new spin on traditional tunes while building US-Finnish connections (watch video).
Lutheran pastor Haka Kekäläinen holds metal mass – mass for heavy metal music fans – in churches around Finland.
French American Kevin Kleinmann came to Finland for a Helsinki Festival summer job and ended up founding a record label.
In every genre, Finnish bands are playing to packed houses. Here are the top 10 according to a survey on our FB page.
Finnish tango music supergroup Tango-orkesteri Unto celebrates its 15th anniversary with concerts in the US and Europe.
Sibelius, whose 150th birthday is celebrated in 2015, created Finland’s best-loved Christmas songs. See how his family spent the holidays (includes playlist).
Legendary soprano Ritva Auvinen, 80, continues to delight opera-goers. What’s the key to the Auvinen vocal miracle?
In Finland and England, exhilarating constellations of Finnish jazz talent pump up four November festivals.
With fans worldwide and its sixth album just out, Alamaailman Vasarat plays “fictional world music” at summer festivals.
Who are the Northern Governors? How’s their debut album? And what does a Finnish band have to do with Nigeria?
Tero Saarinen Company’s unique choreography is transporting audiences with performances in Europe, Asia and North America (article includes video clip).
We get together with world-famous singer Tarja Turunen and ask her about rock, opera and the direction of her career.
Exclusive interview: Einojuhani Rautavaara’s first opera, suppressed during the Cold War, now goes to the Grammies.
We visit the US to see how Finnish customs and Christmas traditions are enduring in small-town Minnesota.
How does a cappella group Rajaton follow up the biggest-selling holiday album in decades? Very carefully.
French-Finnish duo The Dø is sweeping Europe with captivating indie pop and continually reinvented music.
If there’s one word that defines the Finnish rock band French Films, it’s “fresh.”
Helsinki has been awaiting a real concert hall since composer Jean Sibelius put Finland on the map as a music nation.
The Finnish festival season continues long into the autumn. We list our fall favourites in a calendar for you.
“Amiably berserk Vikings with a boatful of instruments,” Helsinki band Rubik embarks on a tour through Europe, Mexico and the US.
Video collage: The annual Flow Festival features music, urban spaces, visual arts, design, decoration and human warmth.
See summer life in Helsinki with a local guide on our whirlwind video tour. (Photo: Niklas Sjöblom/Taivasalla)
Don’t fear what is different – look at what we all have in common, writes singer Emma Salokoski (includes video clip).
Our videographer discovers how much the Finns love the samba, at a colourful and rhythmic annual parade in Helsinki.
Our videographer and our reporter join the party when the World Village Festival is celebrated in global Helsinki.
The world premiere of Robin Hood begins a year of celebration as the Finnish National Opera turns 100.
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.
Violinists and fiddlers: Mauno Järvelä's students bring a special energy to the stage every summer at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.
The Finnish National Opera is thinking outside the box seats to buck the genre's elitist image and bring in new fans.
The Kanteletar’s ancient ballads form a companion work to the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic.
Until harmonica quartet Sväng hit the world music scene, most people had no idea that harmonicas could sound like this.