Who said international politics, journalism and acrobatics cannot go hand in hand?

SARAH HUDSON arrived in Finland in 2006. She had previously been living in Beirut, where she was working as a freelance writer just when the war broke out. She was then forced to leave.

Harlem gospel singer Anthony Morgan talks about his upcoming European tour.

IT HAS been over 20 years since Anthony Morgan first performed in Europe. Now, the New York native gospel singer is back, along with Harlem Spirit of Gospel, for a series of concerts that will bring him from Finland – where he will perform for the first time ever – and the Nordic Countries to Southern Italy. His tour touches down at Helsinki’s Savoy Theatre on 8 December.

HUGELY successful Brit act Depeche Mode is returning to Finland, playing Hartwall Areena on Sunday 15 December.

At the forefront of musical innovation for the past 25 years, the trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher have successfully incorporated elements of electronica and glam rock into their sound over the years.

Not to be totally eclipsed by Tampere and its burly November jazz festival, Helsinki sees nearly a week of concerts promoted by the Wejazz collective during mid December.

The first solo exhibition to be staged in Finland of renowned Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s work is currently on offer at Helsinki’s Amos Anderson Art Museum. Recipient of this year Ars Fennica Prize, Hein offers There Are No Ordinary Moments to the public, a series that utilises a wide range of watercolours, sculptures and installations.