Arts and entertainment can make us reflect and respect the diversity of the shared culture around us. By marking the EHDs common theme "Arts and Entertainment", Finland invites everyone to explore local and shared heritage through arts and entertainment from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Circle. This is one of the most successful EHD years ever in Finland with nearly 1000 events throughout the year at museums, theatres, cinemas, clubs, concert halls and stages – all to celebrate arts and entertainment in the multitude of its expressions.
One of the leading initiatives this year is the Finnish Museum Association’s campaign “Politicians as museum trainees”. In short: all museums in Finland are encouraged to invite a politician – from ministers and members of the parliament to local politicians and decision makers – to visit the museum for a one day during the last week of August. Instead of a normal museum visit, politicians get to look behind the scenes and try museum work in practice. They can for example try conservation, digitalize collections or work as museum guides. This year nearly 70 politicians will visit museums during the campaign week.
Arts and Entertainment is in the spotlight throughout the year and throughout the country. We urge you to explore the programme, for this year the entire country is on a mission to explore the essential value of art and entertainment in our everyday lives and how it translates to our shared heritage.
The most significant and the most widely celebrated heritage events will be organised from 2 to 8 September at the European Heritage Days week in Finland.
In Finland the European Heritage Days are coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Local Heritage Federation, Finnish Heritage Agency, Finnish National Agency for Education and Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland.
Politicians in museums: www.museoliitto.fi/poliitikonmuseoharjoittelu
Jonina Vaahtolammi, European Heritage Days Coordinator, Finnish Local Heritage Federation, email@example.com, tel. +358 9 612 63229
Hanna Hämäläinen, Planning Officer, Ministry of the Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 295 250 095
International affairs: Liisa Lohtander, Organisation Manager, Finnish Local Heritage Federation, email@example.com, tel. +358 45 1509 109