Books, films, music, art and food from Finland
After the success of the Be Nordic festival, now Finland will invade the centre of Milan from 26 May to 12 June with 18 days cultural events under the headline Caffé Helsinki.
Authors invited to discuss their works will include Rosa Liksom (photo), finalist in the European Strega Prize 2014 and winner of the Finlandia prize 2011; Kari Hotakainen, possibly the most important contemporary Finnish writer known for his irreverent humour; Tuomas Kyrö, a young writer among the best known of his generation; and Katja Kettu, emerging authoress already translated across Europe.
Meetings and readings around the city will introduce contemporary and classical Finnish literature, including the popular “Mumin” children’s stories by YTove Jansson, considered a “national monument” in Finland.
Cinematic events will include a screening of work by the new generation of Finnish film-makers, including Mittsommernachtstango by Viviane Blumenschein, and Mika Kaurismäki’s latest movie, The Road to the North.
Collateral events will include a Concert for Milan in Piazza Duomo by the La Scala Philharmonic, a jazz concert by the Karri Luhtala Trio, and an exhibition by leading photographer Pentii Sammalahti in the Galleria Belvedere.
Events will be held in the GAM Modern Art Gallery, the Spazio Oberdan, Cascina Cuccagna, the Sempione Park and Sormani libraries and the Gogol&Company bookstore.
The full programme of the events is on the dedicated website. Most events will be free of charge as long as places are available, except for the film screenings in the Spazio Oberdan and the Finnish dinner at Cascina Cuccagna.
Booking will be necessary for the dinner, the opening on 26 May, and the free Finnish language lessons.
The festival has been organised by the publishing house Iperborea, specialised in northern European literature, building on the experience gathered since 1987 with Caffé Amsterdam, Caffé Copenhagen and Caffé Stockholm.