Nick Triani keeps his distance from the musical mainstream, making sounds on the fringes.

WEAVING THROUGH the various pieces of dismantled stages and equipment, the scene at Suvilahti is one of a great sigh, as the remnants of this year’s Flow Festival are being swept up and packed away for another year. I turn a corner and am almost run over by an overzealous forklift operator. A sea of broken glass lines the asphalt where the champagne tent once stood. Amidst the chaotic buzzing of people and vehicles all around me, music producer and boss of Soliti Records Nick Triani emerges quietly from a doorway to my right and waves me over.

We talk to Egbert Schram of ITIM International about how businesses can define their cultures and use them as a strategic asset.

TODAY’S economy is global, but there is more than just a new market of consumers on the other side of national borders. As companies become truly international entities, they have the challenge and opportunity of managing their diversity and culture.

From their band name, one could assume that VietSpirit’s performances are in Vietnamese. While this is true to some extent, the ten-piece band has quickly distinguished itself with their willingness and flexibility to sing in other languages that suit the theme of any particular event they happen to be appearing at.

Since forming late last year, the band has performed a range of material on a variety of stages, with a recent gig seeing them add an 11-minute epic to their repertoire.

As Director at the Finnish National Ballet, Kenneth Greve, draws on nearly three decades of dance experience to sculpt ballet encounters for everyone in Finland.

WALKING down a long corridor lined with costumes hanging on clothes racks, I wonder what to expect when meeting Kenneth Greve.

Now in his sixth season as Director at the Finnish National Ballet, Greve’s time in Finland almost seems the cherry on the cake of a long and illustrious career.

Reflecting on her story so far.

Naima Mohamud is a natural born storyteller. She is also an award-winning film director with a dazzling smile and a ready laugh. Her short film Fatima won the main prize in Chicago’s International Children’s Film Festival and she was awarded the Children’s Educator of the Year prize this year in Finland. Mohamud also happens to be a Somali immigrant from a family of ten, a devout Muslim, a young woman with strong ideas who also happens to wear a headscarf and is my friend. We meet in a busy café, where over gelatos and coffee, Mohamud tells me her story, so far.