Based on an interview by Alisa Nirman on 3.10.2016

We Are Scientists released their fifth studio album, Helter Seltzer, in the spring and have since been touring with a packed-full schedule around the US and Europe, including number of cities in the UK and Germany. I had a chance to sit down with singer/guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain at Berlin's Lido club before a gig, and talk about the nature of independent rock today, social media and – of course – cats.

AS Finland’s population continues to diversify, one constant over the past quarter-century has been that of the Etnosoi! Festival. Organised since 1989 by the Global Music Centre, the festival annually brings a range of musical styles and approaches from around the globe to illuminate the November gloom.

OFFERING a range of new European drama reading, Reading EuropeAn Drama Festival (aka R.E.A.D.) is on offer from 6 to 8 October in Helsinki. Bringing together international theatre professionals who are currently living and working in Finland, fresh texts from Germany, Hungary, France, England, Norway, Russia, Italy and Estonia are on offer for audiences.

IESAF celebrates its first decade with a live event.

AFTER ten years of bringing together the English-speaking community here in Finland, the International English Speakers’ Association of Finland is throwing a party to celebrate this important milestone.

“We are a large group of expat English speakers here in Finland,” explains IESAF predident Richard Berman. “We have groups in Vantaa, Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere and Turku and are growing all the time. We are non-profit and have over 5,000 members.”

THere’s no denying that 20 years is a long time, but for the local soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz, reggae, Afrobeat and world music scenes in Finland it might as well be a lifetime when looking at its evolution. Setting the trends and slowly garnering influence over this time, the Funky Elephant Festival celebrates the arrival of the end of its second decade with a suitable decked out extravaganza from 3-6 April at Helsinki’s The Circus and mbar.

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