Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
P.O. Box 580708
Minneapolis, MN 55458-4708

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Located in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), Finnish American Cultural Activities invites you to join us at our programs and activities. FACA is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs with a rich ethnic flavor: literature, music, travel, food, the immigrant culture, contemporary Finland, and other topics. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry. FACA schedules meetings and programs on the third Friday of each month from September to May. FACA does not have a program in December, when, for the last several years, we have joined other organizations in the local Finnish American community to celebrate "Joulu - Magical Finnish Christmas."

The next FACA program will be Friday Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m. You can find information about the speaker here in early September. Location: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave., St. Paul (across from the Fairgrounds).

The latest and most complete FinnFest USA 2017 information

The Finnish centennial Finland 100 - activities going on around the area all year

Below are new items not included in the May/June FACA newsletter, Uutiset.

From Marianne Wargelin: Invitation to Finland 100 Minnesota Information meeting, WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 6:00 PM - Norway House, 913 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Finland 100 Minnesota is now half way through the year. We started in January with the Proclamation of Governor Mark Dayton, declaring the month of January to be Finland 100 month. Finland's Ambassador, Kirsti Kauppi, helped us launch the year with her visit to the Twin Cities, January 12-14, a time when she also launched the start of the Traveling Sauna.

The Traveling Sauna has been a national symbol for Finland 100, made in Minnesota and administrated by Minnesotans, Risto Sivula and Jouko Sipila. Since the launch, the sauna has traveled south to Texas and west to California and as far north as Seattle. Since then, it has returned to Minnesota during May and June. Now, it moves on, inching its way East and South.

We here in Minnesota are now getting ready to launch our own Finland 100 events, events that will take us all the way to December 6, the 100th anniversary of Finland's Independence. We have many events planned, and we all need to know about them.

Several organizations in the Twin Cities have agreed to co-sponsor an information meeting where we can all share what each of us has planned. At this meeting, we can sign up to help make each of these events a success.

A major signature week is approaching, September 18-24, when the Minnesota Orchestra will perform an all Finnish composers concert. FinnFest USA 2017 will happen in Minneapolis at that same time. Vocal Essence will perform an all-Finnish composers concert as well. Concerts at the Cedar and O'Shaughnessy will also occur.

Come to hear about all the plans for this week and learn about ways that you can volunteer to make this week be a major media explosion for things Finnish in honor of Finland 100. Events the week before and the two weeks after will make this a banner moment. We are not alone. The American Swedish Institute, Norway House, and the Danish American Center, all are working with us to make this a Nordic commemoration.

Later, in November, the St. Anthony Village Sister City project with Salo, Finland will be bringing Olli Kortekangas to Minneapolis for a world premiere of his music written especially for them. Following that will be the annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast which this year will include Garrison Keillor as one of the speakers.

Finally, on December 6, Minneapolis will have its own special gala. What is planned? How can you help? All this and more will be part of this information meeting. As Honorary Consul of Finland, I will also have a special announcement to make about how Minnesota will become the focal point for the national Finland 100 plans.

July 15. Newlands Co-op Program. Musicians Sara Pajunen and Vidar Skrede. Reception following. Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Myers Avenue, Duluth, 7:00 p.m. Visit us on Facebook at Finland 100 Northland for more information. $10 Donation suggested. A Finland 100 Yhdessa Northland Event.

Join Suomi Finland 100 Chorus for exciting projects! The Finlsnd 100 Chorus, conducted by Eeva Savolainen, is a pop-up choir presenting a Sibelius concert with Bloomington Symphony on October 8, 2017. The choir rehearses in Minneapolis starting August 21, but is prepared to have rehearsals online so singers outside Twin Cities can join too. Previous singing experience is helpful for this project. The choir also plans to performs at Finland 100 Gala in Orchestra Hall on December 6 (Finnish Independence Day). DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS JULY 31. For more info, email

August 28. 100-Day Countdown to Finland's 100th Year of Independence. Sampo Beach, 7095 Saginaw Road, Saginaw, MN. Visit us on Facebook at Finland 100 Northland for more information. A Finland 100 Yhdessa Northland Event.

Keeping the Beat

Join us and learn some basic Finnish dance steps and easy Finnish Folk Dances and Mixers! Dance lessons are free thanks to a grant from Finlandia Foundation, and open to all ages. Beginners are welcome, too! The purpose is to have fun while learning the steps of Finnish dance. Classes will be held at Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis throughout June, July, August and September.

We have a team of instructors working with us that will help walk you through the steps in a fun, productive way. We will start with some basic steps including waltz, Jenkka (Schottische), Humppa, Finnish Polka, and Finnish Mazurka. We will plan to teach Finnish Tango at a later session.

This is Finland's 100th year of Independence, and FinnFest will be in Minneapolis in September. So to gear up for this fun event, we have organized a Day and Evening Dance at the Eagles Club 34, Minneapolis on Saturday, September 16th. This will be a day of live music, celebration, and of course, dance. There will be more dancing during the FinnFest 2017: Finland 100 events on September 21st through 24th.

Tapestry Folk Dance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave S., Minneapolis

Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m - 9 p.m.

Additional sessions for August and September to be announced later.

Contact Ralph and Jaana Tuttila at: for more information, and to be included in regular e-mails about upcoming instruction and dances.

See you at Tapestry!

FACA Event Cancellation Policy

If St. Paul public schools are cancelled due to bad weather, then a FACA event scheduled for that day will also be cancelled. FACA members may contact any Board member if they have a question about whether an event is cancelled.

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