At a time of seasonal freeze and thaw, one permanent fixture on the country’s export music scene in recent years has been the retro soul team of Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators.

Willis was born in Brooklyn at a time when soul ruled the airwaves. She soon became involved herself in the nu-soul revival in the 1980s, playing with the Repercussions, before transferring to the cutting edge UK experimentalism of The The and the emergent progressive house scene of Leftfield. For her Finnish fans her big move in 2000 was to join Jori Hulkkonen on his album Out of Nowhere.

Bringing the voiceless to the foreground.

As she walks back home from the supermarket, an old lady smiles at Mohamed El Aboudi. Like her, many other people from the area readily recognise the filmmaker, who has lived in the same neighbourhood in Espoo for ten years already.

RESIDENTS in the Pirkanmaa region are privy to the works of one of today’s leading sculptors, with Thomas Schütte’s latest exhibition on display at Sara Hildén Art Museum until 12 May.

Featuring sculptures from the Frauen series (1999-2011), ceramic figurines (1999) and watercolours from the Deprinotes series (2006-08), the chief focus of the exhibition sees 18 different female figure cast in steel, bronze and aluminium.

BREAKING out for the first time on the Finnish live scene, minimalist drum’n’bass artist Stray hits the decks at Jyväskylä’s Ilokivi on Friday 1 March.

Considered by many to be the latest prodigy of drum and bass, the scene has been quaking in recent times to the stripped back sounds of this native Londoner. After dropping a couple of well-received releases via top drum’n’bass labels Hospital Records and Critical Music, his latest musical endeavour is Ivy Lab – a highly acclaimed collaboration with two other top-notch producers Sabre and Halogenix.

IN an effort to broaden their audience, Finnish National Theatre’s new production of American playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice is providing subtitles in English and Russian.

“This is the first time the FNT is providing English language subtitles for one of its productions in the main programme,” explains Finnish National Theatre’s Eva Buchwald. “This is also a rare chance to see a play by one of America’s leading contemporary playwrights, moreover, one of her most popular plays. What the audience will enjoy is the modern twist on classical drama.”