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Finnish art treasures combined with a fire show mark the opening of Finland’s grand jubilee year in Lapland

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1/2/2017 10:00 AM

Independent Finland turns 100 in 2017. The year is the most significant jubilee year of our generation, and it will be celebrated all through the year, all over Finland.

 The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is Together. True to the theme, the City of Rovaniemi, the Regional Council of Lapland, the Finnish National Gallery and Finland 100 invite all Lappish people and all tourists to celebrate the opening of the jubilee year in the Korundi House of Culture in Rovaniemi at Epiphany, on 6 January at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

In Rovaniemi, the Finland 100 jubilee year will be opened festively by celebrating the opening of the exhibition Stories of Finnish Art - the Ateneum Collection on Tour. The exhibition, with pieces of art from the Ateneum collection, celebrates the jubilee year of Finland’s independence and covers the history of Finnish art from the time of Grand Duchy of Finland to the 1960s.

The opening will begin with a fire art show performed by Sirkus Taika-Aika outside Korundi. After the show, the programme will continue in the art museum, where the exhibition will be opened by Susanna Pettersson, Museum Director at Ateneum Art Museum, and Esko Lotvonen, Mayor of the City of Rovaniemi.

The Lapland Chamber Orchestra will spice up the event with music. After viewing the exhibition, all citizens are invited to attend a festive coffee service. 

“I think it is great that after the grand opening in Helsinki on New Year’s Eve, the jubilee year will also be opened together in Lapland at Epiphany. The celebrations in Rovaniemi show that the year will be a genuine jubilee year all over Finland. In Lapland, the jubilee year will be very diverse, extending to all parts of the region and experimenting with new ways of celebrating. Every one of us will have an opportunity of participate and to celebrate the country’s centennial year,” says Julius Oförsagd, Regional Coordinator of Finland 100 in Lapland.