Jan
11
Tue
Soup & Cinema: Miekkailija (The Fencer) @ National Nordic Museum
Jan 11 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Enjoy the Finnish/Estonian film Miekkailija (The Fencer) and hot soup at the National Nordic Museum!

Inspired by the life of Estonian fencing champion Endel Nelis, The Fencer is set in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, Endel finds work as a teacher and starts an after-school sports club for his students. When he teaches his students how to fence, his great passion for the sport conflicts with the need to keep his background hidden.

Cost: $15 for Members; $20 general admission (price includes food and refreshments). RSVP at https://www.nordicmuseum.org/product/6366 required.

 

Finnish for Beginners classes start @ Online (Zoom)
Jan 11 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Finnish Language classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays online using Zoom starting on January 11th:

For students who have taken Finnish for Beginners or who have previously studied Finnish.

  • Finnish for Beginners – Tuesday evenings 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For students who have not studied Finnish earlier. This class focuses on basic everyday vocabulary.
  • Intermediate Finnish – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For students who have taken Finnish for Beginners or who have previously studied Finnish.

RSVP: Please email your name and choice of class (beginners or intermediate) to languageclasses@finlandiafoundationseattle.com if you intend to register for a class.

See www.finlandiafoundationseattle.com/language-classes for further details.

Jan
12
Wed
Intermediate Finnish classes start @ Online (Zoom)
Jan 12 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Finnish Language classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays online using Zoom starting on January 11th:

For students who have taken Finnish for Beginners or who have previously studied Finnish.

  • Finnish for Beginners – Tuesday evenings 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For students who have not studied Finnish earlier. This class focuses on basic everyday vocabulary.
  • Intermediate Finnish – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For students who have taken Finnish for Beginners or who have previously studied Finnish.

RSVP: Please email your name and choice of class (beginners or intermediate) to languageclasses@finlandiafoundationseattle.com if you intend to register for a class.

See www.finlandiafoundationseattle.com/language-classes for further details.

Jan
17
Mon
Deadline for FFN Grants
Jan 17 all-day

Finlandia Foundation National awards grants annually to projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, preservation, arts and culture. See https://finlandiafoundation.org/programs/ffngrants-2022/ for details and information about how to apply. The deadline for applications this year is January 17.

Jan
23
Sun
Mostly Nordic Concert Series: Finnish Fanfare @ National Nordic Museum
Jan 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Finnish Fanfare – Featuring Cascadia Brass

Finland’s long-standing brass band tradition started with military bands, accompanying kings and czars or leading soldiers as they marched. It quickly evolved, however, into entertainment for the common people at folk dances and hunting parties, and later into the world of jazz. It even followed Finnish immigrants to America. The highly acclaimed Cascadia Brass returns to take us on a tour of the evolution of the Finnish brass ensemble, in a grand fanfare to welcome back our Mostly Nordic series!

Musicians:

  • Robert Gale, trumpet
  • David Cole, trumpet
  • David McBride, French horn
  • Keith Winkle, trombone
  • Edgar Phillips, tuba

Cost: $25 for Members; $30 general admission; $10 students

See https://www.nordicmuseum.org/product/6323 for tickets and more information

Feb
1
Tue
Deadline for FFN Scholarships
Feb 1 all-day

Finlandia Foundation National awards academic scholarships annually. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines who are currently enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland are eligible for FFN scholarships. See https://finlandiafoundation.org/programs/scholarships for details. The deadline for applications this year is February 1.

Apr
1
Fri
FFSC grants and scholarships deadline
Apr 1 all-day

See Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter | Grants and Scholarships for more information about FFSC grants and scholarships.

Apr
24
Sun
46th Annual Kalevala Day Festival
Apr 24 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The National Nordic Museum together with the Finnish Choral Society invites you to the 46th Annual Kalevala Day Festival—Finnish Kantele: Remembering Wilho. This year’s event is virtual.

The Kalevala Day Tradition goes back to 1835, when the national epic of Finland, the Kalevala, was published for the first time by Elias Lönnrot. The Kalevala epic played an important part in developing Finland’s national identity and Finnish language, art, and music. The first Kalevala Day was celebrated on February 28th, in 1885. The Kalevala Day celebration continues to this day in Finland with cultural events.

The Finnish Choral Society of Seattle has maintained and Annual Kalevala Day since 1976 in Seattle, hosted at the National Nordic Museum since 1982.

This 45-minute YouTube program will feature the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle, the Evergreen Livakat Kantele players, and Arja Kastinen, kantele player and first Finnish folk musician to earn Doctor of Music at Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland.

The program will honor the passing of Wilho Saari, Washington State kantele player and composer who received numerous awards including the Washington State Governor’s Heritage Award, the Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year, and the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 2006 – the highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

RSVP at https://www.nordicmuseum.org/product/6460 to get link to event

Apr
27
Wed
FFSC Annual Meeting @ Online (Zoom meeting)
Apr 27 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Meeting agenda: 2022 FFSC Annual Meeting Agenda

Minutes of the 2021 annual meeting: 2021 FFSC Annual Meeting Minutes

Sep
6
Tue
Finnish for Beginners classes start @ Online (Zoom)
Sep 6 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Finnish Language classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays online using Zoom starting on September 6th:

  • Finnish for Beginners – Tuesday evenings 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This class will focus on intro-level Finnish vocabulary and sentence building. You do not need any previous knowledge of Finnish to join the Beginner class.
  • Intermediate Finnish – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This class will focus on grammatical structures and will expect some basic grammatical and vocabulary knowledge. A variety of abilities are welcome, but you should know how to make basic sentences and express yourself a bit in Finnish.

RSVP: Please email your name and choice of class (beginners or intermediate) to languageclasses@finlandiafoundationseattle.com if you intend to register for a class.

See www.finlandiafoundationseattle.com/language-classes for further details.

Sep
7
Wed
Intermediate Finnish classes start @ Online (Zoom)
Sep 7 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Finnish Language classes are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays online using Zoom starting on September 6th:

  • Finnish for Beginners – Tuesday evenings 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This class will focus on intro-level Finnish vocabulary and sentence building. You do not need any previous knowledge of Finnish to join the Beginner class.
  • Intermediate Finnish – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. This class will focus on grammatical structures and will expect some basic grammatical and vocabulary knowledge. A variety of abilities are welcome, but you should know how to make basic sentences and express yourself a bit in Finnish.

RSVP: Please email your name and choice of class (beginners or intermediate) to languageclasses@finlandiafoundationseattle.com if you intend to register for a class.

See www.finlandiafoundationseattle.com/language-classes for further details.

Nov
12
Sat
Finnish Community Bazaar/Joulumarkkinat @ Swedish Club
Nov 12 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

After a two year hiatus due to Covid concerns, the Finnish American Heritage Committee invites you to participate in the Annual Finnish Bazaar and Joulumarkkinat on November 12, 2022 at the Swedish Club in Seattle.

Nov
26
Sat
ISMO in Seattle! @ Block 41
Nov 26 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola (ISMO) is visiting Seattle on Nov 26th. Ismo is known for using his outsider’s point of view to find the humor in the most ordinary things. The show is in English, possibly some small parts in Finnish, though.

Dec
10
Sat
Independence Day Dinner and Dance @ Happy Valley Grange
Dec 10 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Celebrating 105 years of Finnish Independence: 1917 – 2022
The annual Finnish Independence Day Dinner and Dance will be held in Redmond at the Happy Valley Grange.

Saturday December 10th, 2022 starting at 6 PM

Festive Attire, National Costumes Encouraged.

Tickets $45 per person for FFSC members, $65 for non-members, $20 students and children over 8 years, under 8 free