One of Finland’s most promising young film directors, Zaida Bergroth has reaped awards and accolades with her short films Heavy Metal and Glass Jaw. Marking her graduation to feature films, Bergroth’s anticipated full-length debut Last Cowboy Standing (Skavabölen pojat) premiered at the 20th annual Espoo Ciné film festival on 23 August.

SKIP the beaten chaincafé track and luxury street premises in Helsinki and try these cafés: great atmosphere, the smell and taste of home made buns as well as good coffee guaranteed.

lauraLaura Närhi is the singer in one of Finland’s most popular bands. Having released four albums with Kemopetrol, she is currently working on her first solo album to be released later this year. We asked Laura for her views on the secrets of her success, the role of music in society, and whether Idols really is a good idea.

joseIT’S RARE for a club in Finland to boast both a live band and a full dance floor on the same night, but for almost two and a half years now the monthly Pop-O-Matic indie pop club has managed to do just that.