Author David J. Cord reveals the story behind his latest work.

IT WAS an innocuous passage I came across while looking for something else. It was an ancient account of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus, his mistress, and a plague infecting his army as they returned from war. After I finished reading it disappeared from my conscious mind.

THE oldest and most significant contemporary dance festival in the Helsinki area, Moving in November makes its way to the Capital Region from 1-9 November. With the events being staged in Kiasma Theatre, Stoa, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Mediakeskus Lume and Espoon kulttuurikeskus, Louhisali, the festival proclaims its mission to present interesting contemporary works and artists to the metropolitan audience.

Kicking things off, Olga de Soto takes a plunge into history. Tracing the history of Kurt Jooss’ Green Table, a piece of art created a few months before Hitler rose to power in Germany, de Soto draws on interviews staged with artists, spectators and researchers, to create an image of a artists’ group whose journey is intriguing and inspirational to witness.

Coming from a family of artists, Ibrahim Maalouf has created his own style, combining sounds and techniques from different cultures. Recently seen in Finland as a part of his current tour for his latest release, Wind, the Paris-based trumpeter sat down with us to talk about music, multiculturalism and his admiration for Finland and the Scandinavian repertoire.

The World Village Festival is due to take over Helsinki’s city centre in May, and this year’s theme is human rights in East and South-East Asia, promoting tolerance, multiculturalism and other issues of global importance. Founded in 1995, the festival has become the largest multicultural festival in Finland, attracting around 100,000 visitors in 2012, along with performers from both Finland and around the world.

HANG on to your trumpets and get ready for yet another explosive celebration of jazz this March, as one of Finland’s oldest international jazz festivals, Turku Jazz, glides into its 44th year. The hub of Finland’s youth culture in the late ‘60s, and during a time of strong rhythmic jazz vibes, Turku gave birth to this long standing institution that has had jazz artists and enthusiasts gathering from all over the world ever since, and from here has seen the formation of the Turku Jazz Society in 1970. Ever growing in prestige and stature, the festival has witnessed many stylistic changes and developments within its music genre, and promises yet another trendy and eclectic offering in 2013.

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