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Helsinki Book Fair 26–29 October

Land of Kalevala Aino

Grand tales of the FNOB at the Book Fair

The FNOB will again attend the major cultural event of the year, the Helsinki Book Fair at the Helsinki Fair Centre. At our booth, you can have your picture taken by the marvellous Starmaker, learn about the repertoire of our anniversary year, try on some of our celebratory glitter makeup and listen to interesting interviews.

The Mobile Music Box of the FNOB can be found at booth 7e130. We will be there from Thu 26 Oct to Sat 28 Oct, 10.00–20.00, and on Sun 29 Oct, 10.00–18.00.

Tip: Come and see what our grand spectacle Land of Kalevala is all about. Liisa Riekki will moderate a discussion about the work with Kenneth Greve, Professor Martti Häikiö and composer Tuomas Kantelinen. Folk music group Värttinä will perform.

Minna Canth stage, Fri 27 Oct at 18.30–19.00.
Don Quixote


Come and enjoy artist interviews at the FNOB Mobile Music Box at booth 7e130.

Fri 27 Oct at 17.00 and 18.00
Ville Blåfield talks to Antti Keinänen, solo dancer with the Finnish National Ballet.

Sat 28 Oct at 13.00 and 14.00
Ville Blåfield talks to Jyrki Korhonen, bass singer with the Finnish National Opera.

Festive season

Starmaker and Glitter

Throughout the weekend, you can have your picture taken by the magical Starmaker. In just a few moments, you can have an image of yourself on the main stage of the FNOB sent to your e-mail. You will also find information on repertoire and tips for Christmas presents at our booth.

Have yourself touched up for the weekend with free glitter makeup at the Mobile Music Box!

Sat 28 Oct 12.00–15.00
Glitternists apply celebratory glitter makeup

Sun 29 Oct 12.00–15.00
Glitternists apply celebratory glitter makeup

Christmas parade

Christmas Parade 2015

Finnish National Ballet at the opening of the Aleksanterinkatu Christmas lights on 26 Nov 2017

The traditional opening ceremony for the Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki will be held on Sun 26 Nov 2017. After the lights are lit, a Christmas parade will progress through the streets of the city centre. The parade will include dancers from the Finnish National Ballet showcasing the ballet Moomin and the Magician’s Hat.

Photograph from 2015.

School opera touring Finland

Ihmepoika A, Riku Pelo

New school opera Ihmepoika A tours schools

Local performances of our school opera Ihmepoika A [Wonder Boy A] are created jointly by schoolchildren and opera professionals. The opera was written by Karri Miettinen, also known as the rap artist Paleface, with music by Timo Hietala. The director is Riikka Oksanen, and the visual designer is Anna Kontek. The production was premiered in Almi Hall on 7 Apr 2017, after which it goes on tour to as many as 80 schools around Finland from autumn 2017.

Ihmepoika A is the seventh school opera commissioned by the FNOB.

Finnish National Ballet visited Japan

The Finnish National Ballet was on tour in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan in April 2017, with six performances at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on 22–25 April and two performances in Osaka on 29–30 April. Nearly half of the members of the FNB were on the tour. The programme included a gala performance featuring extracts from the FNB’s foremost productions, such as Swan of Tuonela by Imre Eck to music by Sibelius and scenes from Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Ballet Pathétique by Jorma Uotinen. The gala culminated with a Moomin ballet, Moomin and the Magician’s Hat, specifically designed for the Japan tour, based on Tove Jansson’s book Trollkarlens hatt (Finn Family Moomintroll). This new work is choreographed by Kenneth Greve to music by Tuomas Kantelinen.

Finnair, a leading Nordic airline, was the Finnish National Ballet’s partner for the Japan tour. The tour forms part of the official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

Muumipeikko ja Taikurin hattu_photo Saara Salmi

“We are proud to have been invited, as this is the FNOB’s first-ever visit to Japan. Only the best performing ensembles in the world are invited to Japan, and audiences there are ballet connoisseurs, so we are extremely honoured.”

– Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the National Ballet

Character: © Moomin Characters™

Pictures from the gala performance in Japan 2017

Moomin and the Magician's Hat

Moomin and the Magician’s Hat conquered Japan

Kenneth Greve’s Moomin and the Magician’s Hat premiered on the Japan tour of the FNB in April 2017. The FNB performed the work six times in Tokyo and twice in Osaka. The European premiere will be given in Almi Hall.

Read more about the Moomin ballet >

Join us on social media #FNBtour

Ooppera ja Baletti kiertueella

In 2017 social media went crazy about our visit to Japan! See videos behind the scenes and get to know our dancers @oopperabaletti #FNBtour.

Snow Queen visited Copenhagen on January 2017

Lumikuningatar 2016

Finland’s centenary celebrated at the Royal Danish Theatre with premiere of The Snow Queen

The Finnish National Ballet visited Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2017, with four performances of the ballet The Snow Queen by Artistic Director Kenneth Greve at the Royal Danish Ballet between 27 and 29 January 2017. 

The visit by the FNB was one of the international top moments of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The Snow Queen has been a huge success in Helsinki, playing to sold-out houses, and it was only natural to take it to Copenhagen, since not only is it based on the story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, but Kenneth Greve is also Danish and a former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet.

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä

What an honor!

Queen Margarethe of Denmark and Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä visited the premiere of The Snow Queen in Copenhagen.

The Snow Queen charmed Denmark

The Danish audience warmly welcomed the ballet. If you haven’t been able to see this smash hit ballet, you can watch it online in our Stage24.

The Snow Queen

“This was the Finnish National Ballet’s first visit in Copenhagen. We hope it was not the last.”

– CPH Culture

The Snow Queen

“A wonderful guest performance we would love to see again.”

The Finnish National Opera and Ballet is a national institution and an opera and ballet company of internationally high quality. The Finnish National Ballet programmes both classical ballets and contemporary dance works, with 3–4 premiere productions and 4–5 revivals in the main auditorium each year. The FNB gives some 80 performances per year and is the only full-scale professional ballet company in Finland. The FNB is an international company whose 76 dancers represent more than 20 nationalities. About half of the members are Finnish, most of them trained at the FNB Ballet School. The FNB also has a Youth Group for young dancers.

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