Remembering 1918 – Helsinki
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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 Yliopistonkatu) 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.

The event starts at 5:00pm at Think Corner with a panel discussion around the topics of European integration and nationalism. The end of World War I brought about the collapse of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary, and saw the birth of several new nation states in Europe. The discussion explores how the events of 1918 are evident in the European discussion on integration and the rise of nationalist thinking in Europe in recent years. Panellists include Oula Silvennoinen PhD (University of Helsinki), Emilia Palonen PhD (University of Helsinki), Tereza Valny PhD (University of Edinburgh) and Stefan Benedik PhD (House of Austrian History).


Part two of the event takes place at 7:30pm in the Marble Garden of Rautatalo, which was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and which re-opened its doors to the public after a long time in September 2017.  At this event, the Kamus Quartet will perform Steve Reich’s Different Trains, which was inspired by the image of Reich’s childhood train journeys from 1939 to 1942 as he travelled between New York and Los Angeles after his parents’ separation, as well as the realisation that as a Jewish person at that time in Europe he would be travelling on very different trains.

The second discussion panel reflects on the events of 1918 and how they are remembered today. The Finnish civil war of 1918 divided society into two camps for decades. Finland was also not the only place of conflict: The reverberations of World War I were felt across Europe and events often escalated into armed conflicts. The panel at Rautatalo explores what happened in 1918 and how the year 1918 has been remembered over the last one hundred years. Panellists include writer Peeter Helme from Tallinn, Anne Dolan PhD (Trinity College Dublin) and Museum Director Kalle Kallio (The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas).

Also performing at Rautatalo is Karri “Paleface” Miettinen, who will be presenting music related to the events of 1918 together with the Kamus Quartet and accordionist Niko Kumpuvaara. In May 2018, Yle TV1 is presenting a three-part series called Laulu sisällissodasta (Song of the Civil War), in which Karri Miettinen investigates the historical origins of the civil war, its stages and the marks the war left on the Finnish people. The performance at the Remembering 1918 event on Wednesday 16 May also includes a rendition of the series’ theme music “Song of the Civil War”.

Remembering 1918 – European Dreams of Modernity is a project of the Brussels-based Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, which is organised in partnership with European cultural and academic institutes. The aim of the project is to cast a critical and unbiased eye on the events of 1918 and their impact on the next one hundred years. The project’s most important events include conferences that will take place all over Europe and will feature voices from the fields of academia, journalism, literature and the arts.

In addition to Bozar, partners of the Remembering 1918 – European Dreams of Modernity project include the Austrian Cultural Forum Czech Centres, the Embassy of Estonia in Brussels, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, the Balassi Institute the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Culture InstituteRestored Lithuania 100, the Embassy of the Latvian Republic in BelgiumLatvia 100, the Polish Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, the permanent representation of Slovenia to the European Union and Culture Action Europe.

The event in Helsinki is organised in collaboration with Our Festival directed by Pekka Kuusisto. The project is funded by the European Commission and the Europe for Citizens programme. The programme is part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.




Wednesday 16 May 2018


5:00pm – 6:30pm, Think Corner (Tiedekulma, 4 Yliopistonkatu)

Opening words: Head of the European Commission Representation in Helsinki Sari Artjoki

Remembering 1918 – Nationalism and European Integration a Century Later

Panellists: PhD Stefan Benedik (House of Austrian History), PhD Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki), PhD Oula Silvennoinen (University of Helsinki) and PhD Tereza Valny (University of Edinburgh)

Moderator: Janne Hopsu, journalist

There will be a Q&A part at the panel.

The event is approximately one hour long without an interval. Attendance is free.


The event continues at Rautatalo (3 Keskuskatu) at 7:30pm

7:30pm – 8:00pm:


Steve Reich – Different Trains

Kamus Quartet


Terhi Paldanius, violin

Jukka Untamala, violin

Jussi Tuhkanen, viola

Petja Kainulainen, cello

Teemu Korpipää, electronics



Remembering 1918 – What Happened in 1918 and How Do We Remember It Now?


Panellists: Writer Peeter Helme (Tallinn), PhD Anne Dolan (Trinity College Dublin) and director Kalle Kallio (The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas)


Moderator: Karri Miettinen

There will be a Q&A part at the panel.



Music from the 1918 civil war, adapted for rap artist, string quartet and accordion, arranged by Niko Kumpuvaara.

Paleface, lyrics

Niko Kumpuvaara, accordion

Kamus Quartet


The event is approximately 2 hours long including an interval. The event is free of charge, but tickets must be booked in advance via this link.

More information about the full project can be found at

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