We can cite current real world examples of leaders whose days are numbered precisely because they remained silent or chose to collaborate in the destruction of their brothers and sisters, rather than to oppose these senseless, endless wars.

Kicking off on 24 February, Finland is once again infused with the spirit of the tango, with the welcome return of the Grammy Award-winning Argentinean dance group Tango Pasión.

The highly regarded troupe is set to bring a new show Sinfonia de Tango. A tribute to the legend of composer Astor Piazzolla, audiences in Helsinki can enjoy the Pasión until 28 February, before it sets off around the country. Stops in Turku, Hämeenlinna, Lahti, Mikkeli, Kuopio and Oulu are scheduled.


ONCE again, the 14th annual DocPoint is the first port of call for what is becoming an increasingly crowded film festival calendar annually. Presenting the best Finnish and international documentaries of the year, the festival lands once again in the Capital Region from 27 January until 1 February.

Founded in 2001, DocPoint represents one of the largest documentary film festivals on the Nordic landscape. Here in Finland it is the only festival solely dedicated to documentary films, and has also been organised concurrently with Tallinn since 2010.

Bringing with him the growing eclecticism of his songbook, Mark Lanegan hits the stage at The Circus on Friday 6 February in support of his latest release, Phantom Radio.

The road to this point has been anything but without curves and unexpected turns for the former Screaming Trees frontman. Emerging from the shadows of the grunge movement, the singer-songwriter has diversified his output to the point of sheer unpredictably. Each release has been greeted with acclaim of some degree, as his grunge roots have been overshadowed by more sensitive leanings.

No other individual has had such an impact on the international classical music scene than national hero Jean Sibelius.

Commencing in December last year, celebrations have been taking place in honour of the 150th anniversary of his birth. In the midst of these Ateneum Art Museum is currently exhibiting an extensive jubilee exhibition. Taking a closer look at the composer’s contacts with the art scene of his day, Sibelius and the World of Art is on display until 22 March.