The second annual Finland International Improv Festival is back once again to serve up five days of improvised comedy and theatre to Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri from 28 May to 1 June.

Bringing together teachers, performers and visitors from all around Europe and the US, some 70 international performers from Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Israel, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and the United States will descend on Tampere.

After supporting sludge legends Earth last year, American musician Phil Elverum returns to Finland with his band Mount Eerie to perform at Helsinki’s Kuudes Linja on Monday 6 May. The performance marks the first show of the group’s European tour in support of the acclaimed pair of albums released last year, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar.

Having been staged for the first time in 1985, Jyväskylä’s oldest and most renowned festival Jyrock rolls into town for the 28th occasion on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April.

Renowned for its open-minded attitude towards new and fresh sounds from the underground, Jyrock has earned cult status by showcasing local and international indie music.

Unofficially signalling the start of spring, this year sees a packed bill featuring 18 bands and stack of DJs over two nights, spreading the joy across three indoor stages.

TWO interesting exhibitions are continuing at Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace. With her work marked by its strong, expressive power incorporating her keenly physical and sensuous style of painting and choice of subjects, Marjatta Tapiola’s artistic breakthrough arrived in the early 1980s, coinciding with the rise of neo-expressionism.

Comprising 30 works in total, the exhibition embraces a career that commenced with striking self portraits and images of her relationships and family. As the decade progressed the use of human figures gave way to dead animals and skuls. As her career continued to evolve, Tapiola embraced flaming reds as she depicted the monstrous Minotaur of ancient mythology.

The biannual Night Visions film festival spring edition takes a bow from 11-14 April in Helsinki’s Andorra, Bio Rex Lasipalatsi and Kino Engel.

Once again showcasing the finest horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema, cinemagoers are privy to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Already gathering notoriety for its bikini clad violent excesses, audiences are also in for what might be James Franco’s most out there performance yet, as a gangster sporting a mouthful of gold teeth, tonnes of ‘tude and a handgun.