Japanese culture can be enjoyed in Helsinki this October during Japan Week, during which around 1500 Japanese artists in various disciplines will perform.
Japan Week is an international event that takes place each year in a different country, bringing around 50 performing groups at a time to the host city. Helsinki is the first city in the Nordic region to host the event. The programme in Helsinki will include dance, music, handicrafts, ikebana, origami, samurai performances, taiko drumming, kimonos, koto music and much more.
The opening event will take place at the Kamppi centre on 21 October. Japanese culture will be presented through exhibitions, workshops and performances at Annantalo and Wanha Satama from 22 to 26 October with, as well as at evening performances at the Savoy Theatre throughout the week from 21 to 26 October.
The programme also includes cultural exchanges in which the Japanese groups will visit schools and service centres for the elderly and offer the chance to learn more about Japanese art forms through workshops and lectures.
All of the Japan Week events will be free of charge. Further information about the performances along with a detailed programme will be published in September.
This event is organised by the International Friendship Foundation together with the City of Helsinki.