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Exploring Arts and Entertainment 2019

Finland to Celebrate Arts and Entertainment from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Circle

What kind of art makes you stop? What kind of entertainment makes you think? What makes you smile, laugh and feel? What brings a story to life? During 2019, emotional experiences will inspire us and lift us above the mundane, as Finland will celebrate the European Heritage Days with the theme ‘Exploring Arts and Entertainment’.

The main events are on 2–8 September 2019, but various kinds of events can be organised at any time. Throughout the year you can attend an event, organise one, celebrate on your own, and encourage children and the young to join the Heritage Makers experience in the spring.

Celebrate privately or together with lots of people

Every year 300 to 500 EHD events are held in Finland, including open house events, guided tours, workshops, village and block parties and excursions. Museums, theatres, libraries, art and culture societies, youth and recreation organisations and other associations – all those who are interested are invited to hold events to celebrate the EHDs

Suitable venues - spaces to explore arts and entertainment - vary from museums to theatres, culture houses to clubs, concert halls to centres of recreation. An interesting venue may be found close to your home. Among spaces to explore arts and entertainment are also club and youth houses, schools, streets and parks.

Children and young people in focus

The Heritage Makers is a storytelling experience designed in Finland to inspire children and young people to explore their immediate surroundings and cultural heritage. In 2018, the project was extended to the whole of Europe by inviting all under 18-year-olds to participate by sharing a photo and a story from close to their home. The concept encourages children and the young to observe, explore and analyse their immediate surroundings and, through this, to get involved and influence its development and cultural renewal.