CPH:DOX 2017 is almost here!

8.3.2017 by

Next week marks the start of the highly anticipated CPH:DOX documentary film festival. CPH:DOX is the third largest documentary festival in the world, and this is its first ever spring edition, which brings several new events with it to the program.

This year’s festival includes more than 200 films, 75 of which are world premiers. These range from already acclaimed film makers to newcomers on their way to becoming some of the best and the brightest in their chosen fields.

Apart from the plentiful range of films that the festival showcases, there are events such as debates, artist talks and master classes to set the films in a social context. The festival also aims to create links to other related art forms such as the visual arts and the music scene through events including concerts, art exhibitions and seminars.

The special thing about CPH:DOX 2017 is, apart from the fact that it has moved to March, the fact that this edition is where art gives a response to the “(un)reality” of the Brexit and Trump era we live in where populism and authoritarian tendencies are on the rise. This includes heaps of politically charged documentaries as well as new events on the program. Some of this year’s event-newcomers include;

CPH:MEETINGS – a new cultural summit focused on the role of art in society, both political and social.

CPH:SCIENCE – documentaries, talks, debates, special events etc. aimed at strengthening the connection between documentary and science.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg – the distinguished modern art museum will work as a new festival center with e.g. a virtual reality and a design sofa cinema.

NEXT:WAVE Award – a new competition for emerging talent.

Children – A politically engaged program presenting films intended for a young audience.

CPH:DOX will be held 16.3-26.3.2017!


Several Finnish films will be shown at this year’s special CPH:DOX, with a total of 11 films with some connection to Finland. We would like to bring five of these to your attention.

Boiling Point – Elina Hirvonen

‘Boiling Point’, the first feature film by director-writer Elina Hirvonen, portrays Finland in the 2010s where nationalist groups such as Finland First and Soldiers of Odin patrol the streets and angry demonstrators gather outside asylum centers. Populist and extremist opinions are escalating and the political party Finns Party is on its way to parliament with putting a stop to immigration on their agenda. But the situation is not necessarily as bleak as it may seem, at least not in the sauna.

Tue 21.3 19:00 Nordisk Film Palads
Sun 26.3 12:30 Empire Bio

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Boiling Point. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Craigslist Allstars – Samira Elagoz

Travelling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, performance artist Samira Elagoz posts an open casting call on Craigslist. Documenting all encounters with the diverse group of people who respond to the ad, Samira gives the Internet’s function as a social experiment a cinematic form. ‘Craigslist Allstars’ is both quiet and loud in its exploration of the hybridity of performance and intimacy.

Sat 18.3 21:30 Cinemateket
Mon 20.3 19:30 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Thu 23.3 21:30 Nordisk Film Palads

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Craigslist Allstars. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The World – Mika Taanila

The 7 minute short film ‘The World’ is Taanila’s take on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ (1976) by Nicholas Roeg. This futuristic vision of America in the 1970s is without both gravity and David Bowie, and asks us not to take everything we see for granted.

Sat 18.3 14:00 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Wed 22.3 21:00 Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The World. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Blessings – Lisa Myllymäki

‘Blessings’ is a 13 minute short film which follows a 16-year-old girl’s use of social media during one day. It is a film in which emojis, likes and hashtags fill the screen and the phone is never far away. But Myllymäki also looks at the meaningfulness of physically present peers and adults in the life of a teenager, despite the ubiquitous world of social media.
‘Blessings’ is shown at CPH:DOX as an introductory film before the Dutch documentary ‘The Girl of 672K’.

18.3 12:00 Bremen Teater

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Blessings. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The Perfect Selfie – Jenni Salonen & Maryam Razavi

The Perfect Selfie follows Finnish Instagram famous Olivia Oras for one year. Oras is worried about the superficial and prejudiced tendencies that Instagram and Facebook can fuel. She is, however, still aware of the role she herself has to play in fuelling this issue with her own use of social media. With 20,000 followers, there is a lot that Oras chooses not to share on her Instagram profile, but these are moments that we are able to take part in through ‘The Perfect Selfie’. This is a film that reminds us that what we see on Instagram is only a fraction of who someone really is, and invites us to critically view our own use of social media.

18.3 12:00 Bremen Teater

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The Perfect Selfie. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

With over 91,000 attendees in 2015, we eagerly await to see if CPH:DOX will break their record this year.

And what a splendid year it will be!

31.1.2017 by

This year, we are celebrating Finland’s one hundred years of independence. We have only just reached the end of January, but there is already an unusual and extraordinary amount of events highlighting Finnish culture all over Denmark.

So what did January bring us?

The Finland100 celebrations were kicked off in Denmark in a very exciting way with the first ever visit by the Finnish National Ballet. It was a jam-packed weekend with four shows of the Snow Queen, or Snedronningen, hosted by Det Kongelige Teater. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik were all in attendance on the opening night.

The ballet, based on a story by H. C. Andersen, has previously enjoyed fantastic success in Finland. It was received very well with sold-out shows at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen as well.


Another important event was the opening of the exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature at Kunsten in Aalborg. It is only on very rare occasions that you are able to incorporate the physical museum building into an exhibition, and this is exactly what Kunsten has done. With Alvar Aalto having designed the building, you are welcomed and surrounded by Aalto’s work even before stepping into the actual exhibition. Alvar Aalto – Second Nature is a retrospective exhibition, held in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum, the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Alvar Aalto Foundation. It showcases Aalto’s architecture and design, and its dialogue with the art of his time. The exhibition is open until April 17th 2017, and is warmly recommended a visit.


January also brought with it the opening of Japanomania at Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark. In collaboration with Ateneum in Helsinki and Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Japanomania explores the influence of Japonisme on Nordic art during the years 1875-1918. In the exhibition, you can find works by several famous artists, e.g. Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, and Finnish artists such as Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck. It is open until April 23rd 2017, so be sure to check it out.


Furthermore, four artists with ties to Finland are involved with the exhibition Nordic Delights at Fotografisk CenterNordic Delights is a group exhibition that focuses on the concept of the Nordic countries and provides another perspective on Nordic identity and the notion of the “Nordic model”. The exhibition consists of works by photographers and visual artists who live and work in one of the Nordic countries, but with roots elsewhere. You can experience it until March 5th 2017.

What to keep an eye out for in the near future? 

This first week of February has a lot in store.

Firstly, Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s Spring exhibition is opening! The exhibition showcases both Danish and international artists and their work, representing various art forms, architecture and design. Key inspirations for this year’s exhibition include the use of the digital and electronics, as well as semi-religious and mysterious themes.
There are a total of six artists representing Finland, ranging from seasoned professionals to some newer voices. The artists are:

Collateral. Photo: Timo Wright

Collateral. Photo: Timo Wright

The official opening takes place February 2nd at 19-22, and the exhibition will be held until March 11th 2017. The spring exhibition has been organised annually since 1857 and it will be very interesting to see what this year’s exhibition has in store!

Secondly, Cinemateket will, in honor of Finland’s 100th year of independence, show a series of Finnish films. The films include, among others, the silent movie Anna-Liisa (1922), The Unknown Soldier (“Tuntematon sotilas”; 1955) and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Man without a Past (“Mies vailla menneisyyttä”; 2002).
The film series kicks off with a showing of The Grump (“Mielensäpahoittaja”; 2014) on February 3rd, and a reception after the viewing which director Dome Karukoski will attend.
For more information about the films and when they are showing, take a look here.

Lastly, the Finnish award-winning film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies; 2016) will be shown in different cinemas across Denmark, premiering on February 2nd. The movie follows professional boxer Olli Mäki who is preparing for the biggest fight of his life, and what is to be a major event in Finnish sporting history. The run-up to the fight does not go entirely according to plan, and Mäki suddenly falls in love.
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the film won the prize Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes film festival.

For more information about the film (in Danish) have a look here and for information about viewing times and dates, check out the cinemas’ websites;

And this is by far only the beginning to what is to become an unbelievably interesting year. We will keep you updated on all future events both here and on our social media accounts, so do keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter; @finindk. We are eagerly awaiting everything else this year has in store, and hopefully you are too!

Alvar Aalto retrospective coming to Kunsten

23.1.2017 by

From January 26th to April 17th 2017, you have the chance to learn more about world-renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) at Kunsten in Aalborg.

Photo: Göran Schildt

Photo: Göran Schildt

Kunsten, in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum, is bringing the exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature to Aalborg. This retrospective exhibition gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at Alvar Aalto’s life and work. It also offers new perspectives on his highly influential style and sources of inspiration. One major addition to the exhibition is the building itself, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1972. Other famous buildings by Aalto include the Paimio Sanatorium (1928-33) , Villa Mairea (1939) and the Finlandia Concert Hall (1975).

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Aalto drew inspiration from both art and nature to create architecture and design with an organic, natural feel. His attention to detail and personal interpretation of functionalist design made for an exciting career spanning from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Through the years, Aalto created more than 400 buildings and a great deal of furniture, glass and lamp designs. He also co-founded the gallery and furniture company Artek, which is still viewed as a major contributor to modern design.

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

The exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature includes architectural models, furniture design, lamps and glassware. It also includes pieces by artists such as Alexander Calder and Jean Arp to showcase the important relationship between Aalto and the art of his time.

The exhibition will be open 26.1-27.4.2017 so do go and have a look!

More information can be found here or here.

Snedronningen – Kenneth Greve and the Finnish National Ballet are visiting

9.1.2017 by

With the arrival of some short-lived but beautiful snow during the past few days, it feels more than fitting that Kenneth Greve and the Finnish National Ballet are soon coming to Copenhagen with Snedronningen, also known as the Snow Queen or Lumikuningatar. The ballet will be in town for four shows from the 27th to the 29th of January 2017 at the Royal Danish Ballet.


Photo: Mirka Kleemola

The family friendly ballet, based on H. C. Andersen’s fairytale from 1845, follows the adventures of Kai and Kerttu, two children in Helsinki at the turn of the 19th century. When a mirror bought by Kerttu’s grandmother in Lapland turns out to be the Snow Queen’s magic mirror, the two children find themselves on an adventure that will forever change them. The Snow Queen tries to get back her stolen mirror by sending an ugly troll and his goblins after it but they are in such a hurry that they manage to break it. Pieces of it scatter, one of which falls into the eye of sleeping Kai changing the way he sees the world. Because of this, Kai is kidnapped and forced to try to glue the pieces of the mirror back together. In order to find Kai, Kerttu embarks on a long journey, taking her to the most remote places on earth. Through the people she meets, she discovers that they all have one thing in common; their fear of the Snow Queen. Together they decide to free Kai, but they need help from all the children watching!

Snedronningen is a story about love, fortitude and compassion in a whirlwind of magic and bravery.

Dates and times:
27.1: 19:30
28.1: 15:00 & 19:30
29.1: 12:00

There are still a few tickets available for all four shows, but be quick! Tickets can be found here.


Photo: Mirka Kleemola

Choreography  –  Kenneth Greve
Music  –  Tuomas Kantelinen
Sets  –  Erika Turunen & Mikki Kunttu
Costumes  –  Erika Turunen
Lighting Design  –  Mikki Kunttu
Makeup Design  –  Pekka Helynen
Dramaturgical Advisor  –  Raija-Sinikka Rantala
Projections  –  Jan Yrlund & Mikko Linnavuori
Sound Design  –  Petri Peltovako
Principal Ballet Mistress  –  Ingrid Němečková
Ballet Masters  –  Anastasia Dunets, Francis Guardia, Joseph Kerwin, Kimmo Sandell & Tuuli Tuominen-Sandell
Children’s Instructor  –  Satu Soldan

ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform is coming to Copenhagen

28.11.2016 by
Tero Saarinen Company, Morphed.

Tero Saarinen Company, Morphed. Photo: ICE HOT 2016

Ready yourself for a week dedicated to dance! ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform is a biennale platform and showcase festival for Nordic dancers and dance companies. Taking place every second year, the festival location has shifted between the Nordic capitals and has now made it to Copenhagen. For five days, between November 30th and December 4th, the festival will present more than thirty new, high quality and diverse performances by professional dancers from both established Nordic groups as well as newcomers. A jury, consisting of members from all Nordic countries, has chosen all performances for the program.

Apart from onstage performances the festival offers several offstage and site specific presentations. The program is specifically targeted at international dance professionals, artistic directors and bookers at festivals and theaters, but some of the performances are also open to local audiences. In addition to the artistic program, board discussions, workshops and networking forums will be organized for dance professionals from around the world. This year’s program features performances by seven dance groups from Finland.


Onstage performances from Finland

Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth: Thumbelina, Thursday December 1st at 3pm, Dansehallerne (for children)

Pirinen, Hindi, Donovan, Walsh, Saivosalmi: Meadow, meadow, meadow, Thursday December 1st at 5pm, Dansekapellet

Carl Knif Company: RED, Friday December 2nd at 1pm, Dansehallerne

Milla Koistinen: A Cloud of Milk, Saturday December 3rd at 1pm, Dansehallerne (for children)


Offstage presentations from Finland

Petri Kekoni Company: Non-Linear, Thursday December 1st at 11am, Dansehallerne (site specific)

Jarkko Partanen: Fields of Glory, Thursday December 1st at 11am, Dansehallerne (site specific)

Tero Saarinen Company: Morphed, Saturday December 3rd at 11am, Dansehallerne


Check out full program here.