PRESS RELEASE: SIBELIUS & FRIENDS ANNIVERSARY DAY TOUR
With 2015 celebrating the 150 anniversary of 3 very important Finnish Artists, there is now a special way to celebrate their birthdays from Helsinki.
With collection from the lobby of guest’s hotels, the Sibelius and Friends Anniversary Tour begins in the heart of Helsinki, where visitors are welcomed to understand these artists in their early years. Visiting the homes of the Artists, now immortalized as Museums in their own right, each of the homes of Jean Sibelius, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka Halonen are visited.
While learning about the importance of these 3 persons, their influence (among others) on the creation of a new form of Finnish National Identity, during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Seeing through the eyes of the art, guests learn to understand the rural lives of the artists, the architecture throughout the ages, the landscape and lakeside lifestyle and the sheer “Finnishness” of it all….
Never leaving food as a side issue, the day reaches its crescendo at KrapiHovi Restaurant, only a few moments away from Jean Sibelius’s former home. A celebratory dinner is served, embracing the stories and tastes of the Artist’s community, including home grown herbs and fruit, home baked organic bread, and a hand crafted Apple Jack Liquor made with the local apples and from the farm owner’s own recipes!
Enjoy the lakeside vista with a smoke sauna and overnight, or return to Helsinki city centre with a renewed sense of Finnish Identity!
With plenty of competitions and exciting ways to engage the culture of Finland, we say Happy Birthday to our favorite birthday boys of 2015!