THE digital age we reside in has ensured that almost everyone has a camera on their person at all times. In fact, never before have ordinary people generated such a wealth of photographs, and had the ability to share them with such wide audiences.

On display until 18 January, the Finnish Museum of Photography’s #snapshot exhibition explores this concept, set in the context of our modern era.

AFTER numerous years in the musical wilderness, American musician and songwriter Leon Russell recently returned to the limelight, teaming up with Elton John for 2010’s The Union.

However, this was not the first time the Texan had joined forces with other artists, having collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector and the Rolling Stones during his career, to name merely a handful of the greats.

WHILE we continue moving forward, the temptation to look in the rear vision mirror at what has come before us for inspiration is a little too hard to resist at times. Keeping this in mind, the We Love The ‘90s festival is being held at Helsinki’s Suvilahti on 29 and 30 August.

IN SUPPORT of their most recent release, A Musical Affair, multi-national operatic quartet Il Divo is coming to Finland to perform a duo of concerts in Helsinki and Turku, on 9 and 10 September.

Consisting of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler, the quartet was formed in 2004 by Simon Cowell. Known for bringing pop stardom within reach of the everyman with the likes of TV’s Idol, their famed manager came up with the concept after listening to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s rendition of Con Te Partirò.

The largest comics festival in Northern Europe, the 29th Helsinki Comics Festival

is being staged at Lasipalatsi Square from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 September.

Featuring a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids’ events and clubs, the theme of this year’s gathering is LGBT comics, and the guest country is Germany.