Time to study for all ages.

AFTER enjoying the modestly warm summer months, by the time this issue is on stands schools around the country will have flung their doors open once again to hordes of knowledge-hungry youngsters. However, a number of students are quite literally heading back to school for the first time in a considerable while, with adult education offering the opportunity for more mature students to achieve their academic needs.

Welcome Weeks offers a multitude of opportunities for the international community here.

Reaching out to the 95,000 international folks living in the Helsinki region, the third annual Welcome Weeks is being held until 21 September.

Utilising a large number of organisations, institutions, and public offices the event seeks to make it easier for foreigners to integrate and become included in their local communities here by highlighting all of the options available to them.

Collecting vinyl continues amidst the digital revolution.

It is hardly news that vinyl is making a comeback: old collections are dusted off, manufacturing is re-vitalised and many – including Harry Wallop, the consumer affairs editor of the Telegraph – regard vinyl as a worthy alternative investment target alongside wine, stamps and art. Whether you are looking to (re-)acquaint yourself with the format, to invest or simply to add to your collection, a record fair is not a bad place to start.

Local luthier on the scene.

IF there’s one thing that Finland has seemingly no shortage of, it’s trees, right? With over thirty indigenous species to choose from, this is proving to be fertile ground for a growing number of luthiers.

COMMENCING a handful of days before this issue of SixDegrees in your hands hit stands around the country, Helsinki Pride is being staged in the capital from 25 June-1 July. The biggest GLBT event in the country, the annual happening boasts over 19,000 visitors. Consisting of an impressive array of parties, meetings and discussions, the theme of this year’s festival is that of space, and embracing diversity throughout the various subcultures under the rainbow flag.