ONE of Europe’s most fascinating world music groups, The Warsaw Village Band brings their traditionalist sounds with a modern twist to the stage at Helsinki’s Savoy Theatre on Thursday 21 March.

Arriving to Finland for the first time, the band arrives on the back of their sixth album, Nord, a collective of sounds that seek to find common elements between the music of Slavs, Scandinavians and the aboriginal peoples of the North. The album achieved third place on World Music Charts Europe.

THE work of George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Jiří Kyliá comes together at Finnish National Opera until 14 March, under the title of Bella Figura.

The title piece of the evening is one of Kylián’s best-known works, utilising a backdrop of slow, hypnotic Baroque music by composers such as Vivaldi and Pergolesi, as it embraces the beauty of the human body.

A researcher and lecturer in electrical engineering at Aalto University, and a freelance musician who, among other things, plays in a Turkish band called Nefes, New Zealander John Millar originally came to Finland in the late 1980s as a street musician (busker), and permanently moved here in the 1990s. Just your typical Kiwi who plays Turkish music and lives in Helsinki, John hails Finland as a wonderful place in terms of its welcome of a street musician twenty years ago, as well as a model of social wellbeing, and he draws cultural comparisons between his two home countries.

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UMAYYA ABU-HANNA, a Palestinian born in Israel, lived in Finland for 30 years, working in various sectors of Finnish society. She moved to Amsterdam two years ago with her daughter. Umayya arrived in Finland in 1981, and she graduated from the School of Art and Design (currently Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture) in 1992. She is mostly known for her activities in the media as a reporter and writer, and in the City Council of Helsinki as a member of the Green League. She also worked in cultural politics worked as a teacher.

TAKING place between 22 and 27 January DocPoint offers more than a hundred films from around the world. Organised for the first time in 2002, the festival was founded by Finnish documentary filmmakers who sought to strengthen the position of documentary films on the local landscape. With 6,000 people in attendance on the first outing, numbers have grown to some 30,000 in recent years.