Sweating for Europe
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Sweating for Europe
24-26 April 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Dida Zende

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Sweating for Europe is a series of discussions on the most burning topics, bringing MEPs and citizens together in a unique context in front of the European Parliament building. The three-day event series takes place around an old fire truck that has been transformed into a movable wood burning sauna.

The background for the project is the need to break traditional borders of closed doors and hierarchical systems. On 24-25 April, Sweating for Europe invites MEPs into the sauna amongst the timeliest topics. In the after-heat of the sauna session, the MEPs and citizens face each other in a moderated panel discussion hosted by Parlamentarium, the European Parliament Visitors’ Centre. Both evenings end with an open-for-all sauna and cultural programme, with bands from different parts of Europe tuning the atmosphere. On Wednesday 26 April, the sauna travels to BOZAR in the centre of Brussels, and invites local people to continue the discussion. On Thursday 27 April, Bruzz Media interviews a number of influential characters of Brussels, live from the sauna.

 

Programme:

24-25 April 2017

18:30 Welcoming drink & live music, Parlamentarium

19:00-20:00 MEP Panel discussion hosted by Parlamentarium.

20:00-21:30 Open-for-all sauna, Finnish wild food and live music, Parlamentarium & Place du Luxembourg

Detailed schedule for panel discussion:

Monday 24 April
18:30-19:00 Welcoming drink & Music performance by Tatu Rönkkö
19-20:00 Panel discussion moderated by Mikko Fritze, with MEPS:
Lucy Anderson, UK (S&D)
Hannu Takkula, Finland (ALDE)
Merja Kyllönen, Finland (GUE/NGL)
Heidi Hautala, Finland (Verts/ALE)
20:30-21:00 Music performance by Jenő Balazs et son Orchestre tzigane

Tuesday 25 April
18:30-19:00 Welcoming drink & Music performance by Tatu Rönkkö
19-20:00 Panel discussion moderated by Katja Kullmann, with MEPS:
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finland (EPP)
Jo Leinen, Germany (S&D)
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Finland (S&D)
Pavel Telička, Czech Republic (ALDE)
Ivan Jakovčić, Croatia (ALDE)
20:00-21:30 Music performance by Andreia Rio Fado trio 

Free entry. Registration is open now.

26 April 2017

From 17:30 Open-for-all sauna in front of BOZAR

Free entry

The FIREFIT sauna was created by artist Dida Zende, handcrafted during the Helsinki Design Capital year 2012, at the initiative of Goethe-Institut Finnland. Sweating for Europe is realised by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Goethe-Institut Brüssel, and Alliance Française de Bruxelles-Europe, in collaboration with EUNIC Brussels, Instituto Camões, the Finnish Sauna Society, BOZAR, and Visit.Brussels. The project is part of the official programme of the Finland 100 anniversary programme.

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Kullervo

27 April 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp’s Queen Elizabeth Hall is widely acclaimed for its acoustics. Appearing in the brand new concert hall on 27 April 2018, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius’ Kullervo, which premiered in 1892. The five-part work walks through the myth of the tragic life and death of Kullervo, a familiar figure from the Kalevala.
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Remembering 1918 – Helsinki

16 May 2018
Think Corner & Rautatalo, Helsinki, Finland
On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is organising Remembering 1918, an event which places the events of 1918 in an international context. The event takes place in Helsinki at Think Corner (Tiedekulma, 4 Aleksanterinkatu) and Rautatalo (3 Keskuskatu). The Institute is inviting researchers, journalists and musicians from different parts of Europe to reflect on the conflicts of 100 years ago and how they are remembered. The primary language of the event is English. The event is open to all and attendance is free.
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MUSIQ’3 Festival: Nordic Vibes

29 June – 1 July 2018
Flagey Cultural Center and Abbey of La Cambre, Brussels
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career. Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
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Kaarina Kaikkonen: If I had Wings – Social Elevator

17 April 2018
Marolles, Brussels
Kaarina Kaikkonen is creating a new work called If I had Wings – Social Elevator in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels.

Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Boomstraat 14/3
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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