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'Finland Fest: World Music Showcase'

/ May 26, 2011

"Finland Fest: World Music Showcase"

Since 2006, The Finland Fest has catered to a loyal Japanese fan base by bringing over the best bands their Nordic homeland has to offer. This year's showcase has been split up into two portions — the "World Music Showcase" and "Metal Attack." Two acts ...

Pia puts spotlight on young talent

/ Jul 10, 2009

Pia puts spotlight on young talent

Pia Film Festival, launched in the 1980s to support young filmmakers, has established itself as the platform to move from zero-budget indie filmmaking and film schools to professionalism. The Grand Prix of the festival gives the winner support for their first 35 mm feature ...

/ May 22, 2009

Finn fest comes to town again

Over the last few years, a Finnish rock event has come to be a fixture on the May calendar in Tokyo. This time the event, supported by the Finnish Institute in Tokyo and put together by the music agency Creativeman, will be held on ...

Hiroshima anime gathering highlights Finnish creations

/ Aug 8, 2008

Hiroshima anime gathering highlights Finnish creations

The biannual Hiroshima International Animation Festival, which started Thursday and ends Monday, caters to animation enthusiasts who do not necessarily rush after the latest Evangelion film or crave after round-eyed Sailor Moon girls. So this is not your average otaku (obsessive geek) festival, but one ...