Finland became an independent state from Russia on 6th December 1917.
Finland’s centenary year 2017 has been a treasure chest of events emphasizing Finland’s strengths, such as equality and democracy, by offering Finns and friends of Finland a diverse and international programme both in Finland and abroad.
Finland has proudly included Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) as part of its year-long celebrations with a hit musical; a world-acclaimed biopic; a booth at a big festival in Stockholm; a new Finnish edition of his biography and a book on his correspondence; an in-depth exhibition in Berlin and an insightful one-person show in his “home town”; a fun walking tour of Tom’s Helsinki; AND a national emoji!
Congratulations to Finland!
We’re all glad TOM is part of the party.
The largest public event of Finland’s centenary celebration organised outside Finland.
Finland will be introduced in Stockholm through a diverse programme. In the centre of Stockholm almost 300 artists will perform during the street party; in addition to music, stand-up comedy, children’s theatre, circus arts and meetings with writers will be seen on stage.
The City of Turku was invited to Stockholm because of their long shared history and close collaborations.
Near the main stage, the City will present:
- Tom of Finland exhibition from Tom of Finland Foundation
- Ruisrock festival, the renowned popular rave
- Puf, a concept design store
On the main stage on Saturday:
- Turku City Theatre will perform numbers from the Tom of Finland musical
Come, experience the best of Finland and celebrate the happy anniversary!
Thursday and Friday 12:00 – 22:00
Saturday 10:00 – 22:00