Finnish American Cultural Activities, Inc.
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Minneapolis, MN 55458-0708

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Please join FACA at our next program, Friday April 17, 7:30 p.m., at the International Institute of Minnesota.
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New events on Saturday March 28!

1:00-3:00 p.m. Finland's Elections 2015: Understanding the Finnish Parliamentary System and Current Political Issues.

Folke Bernadotte Conference Room (next to FIKA restaurant), American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. Speakers:  Matti Jutila, political scientist and holder of the Visiting Professorship in Finnish Studies, University of Minnesota, and Maija Mattila, visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research, New York. 

In preparation for the parliamentary elections in Finland on April 19, Marianne Wargelin, the Honorary Consul in Minneapolis together with the University of Minnesota Finnish Studies program and Finlandia Foundation Twin Cities offer a program related to the Finnish Parliament in the context of the upcoming elections. Political scientists Matti Jutila and Maija Mattila will talk about important issues in the 2015 elections, the Finnish political system, and the Finnish political parties in a non-partisan way. Q&A to follow. Everyone is invited to attend this free program. For information, (612) 374-2718.

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7:00 p.m. Sara Pajunen (Twin City violinist/composer) will perform her multimedia performance of Laatikko (Box) at the  WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm Wisconsin.
 
"A classically trained violinist and composer, Sara Pajunen knits the landscapes of musical and narrative verse into a captivating multimedia program. Entitled Laatikko (Finnish for "box"), the project is built upon Pajunen's discovery of the deeply personal letters and photographs of Minnesota's early Finnish immigrants. By merging her ancestral study with a profound musical agility, Pajunen has crafted an unparalleled performance that honors the major hardships and small victories of our individual and collective selves."

A lovely drive (snow will be gone by then!), Stockholm is located along the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin. It's about an hour and 15 minute drive from the Twin Cities. Our space is an old, turn-of-the-century Opera House, and is an intimate, welcoming and magical place to see any performance.

After the performance, the audience will have an opportunity to stay for a discussion with the artist, as well as enjoy a complimentary dessert and coffee bar.

More information and to purchase tickets ($15/adults; $12 youth 5-18): WideSpot Performing Arts Center

Bad Weather Cancelation Policy
 
During inclement weather, check WCCO radio or Channel 4. If the ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS are closed, the FACA event will be cancelled.
 
The Finnish American Cultural Activities (FACA) group of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) invites you to join our active schedule of programs and activities. FACA programs are free and open to the public. They take place on the third Friday of each month from September to May. An exception is December, when we invite you to celebrate a pre-Christmas pikkujoulu ("little Christmas") with other local Finnish groups.

FACA is a nonprofit educational organization that offers programs with a rich ethnic flavor: literature, music, travel, food, the immigrant culture and contemporary Finland. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cross-cultural heritage of Americans of Finnish ancestry.

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