Our Events

Past Events

Ignite Vulnerability — Empower Yourself and be the Change

October 19th 12pm at the Centre for social Innovation

A panel organized by FTDA, Kota-Alliance and Finland Center Foundation on October 19th at CSI in Chelsea @ noon

Followed by a sound healing session by FTDA artists and #breakthemold photoshoot


This one-day discussion & networking event contains a one-hour panel discussion, Voices From The North sound healing concert and empowering voluntary photoshoot. We invite you to join us to talk about the achievements and positive changes that non-profits and human rights organizations have achieved and will create in the future. Let's ignite our vulnerability together, make impact and cultivate concrete collaboration between our organizations.

As one of our highlights, we offer the possibility to take part and experience the well-known Finnish empowering photography movement "Break the Mold", and have your own picture taken.


Anna Juusela - A founder of social impact startup We Encourage Education a Nordic Startup Awards 2019 Best Social Impact Startup Nominee, preventing child marriage.
Abdalaziz Alhamza - An award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender activist and IT trainer.
Tuulia Järvinen - A healthy food lover who believes in the power of empathy. She is the founder of Venner, a new kind of nutrition and education focused social enterprise aiming to reduce the polarization of well-being.
Yasmin Fodil - National Director of Community at 100Kin10 and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration and Digital Innovation at NYU Wagner.
Anni Huhtisaari (Moderator) - An artist-songwriter and Women, Peace and Security advocate.


12pm-1pm Panel Discussion: How can technology ignite change through vulnerability?
1:pm - 1:30pm Voices From The North – a sound healing empowerment session
1:30-6pm Networking Lounge & "Break The Mold" photography sessions

Sponsored by:


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Heikki Sarmanto’s 80th Birthday Celebration

September 8th 2019 3-6pm

St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery

131 East 10th Street 

New York, NY 10003


Join us to celebrate Heikki Sarmanto's 80th birthday in the company of this remarkable composer and performer and many of his musician and lay friends! Snacks and beverages included. Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto is a leading Finnish jazz scene figure who has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works.

Contributions will benefit the cultural and community work of St. Mark's Church and Finland Center Foundation. Thank you to our in-kind sponsors Long Drink and Finlandia Cheese.

New Yorkin ystävät - Friends of New York

August 7, 2019 @ 17- 19

8th floor of Stockmann in Cafe

Aleksanterinkatu 52, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

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Casual gathering for happy hour MOVED from Restaurant Hernesaarenranta in Helsinki to the indoor cafe at Stockmann’s due to predicted rain.

If you lived in New York, or just visited many times, and want to meet old and new friends, or are planning a move there, come join us!

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The collegiate Pedavoces Choir performed two concerts in New York: in Hudson River Park on July 27 and the following day at the St. John Nepomucene Church on the Upper East Side. This student Choir from Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa was founded in 1974 by Per-Håkan Jansson and it has 40 singers which come from Vaasa’s university and it’s many polytechnic schools. This year the choir is celebrating their 45th anniversary by participating at the Missoula International Choir Festival in Montana. Maria Timoshenko has been the conductor of Pedavoces since 2009. The Pedavoces performed a range of music from classical to folk to modern as well as pieces in Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian. Look for a blog post and videos coming soon of the performances.

Finland Center Midsummer 5K Run

June 16 @ 9 am

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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Our 8th Annual Midsummer 5K was held again in Prospect Park on the 16th of June! Part of the proceeds went to support The Kota Alliance’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. At the finish line, water and hearty rye sandwiches awaited the runners courtesy of Finlandia Cheese. This year, an 11- year old won the men’s prize!! Thank you to our participants , supporters and volunteers (above, Karoliina, Iida-Maija and Thomas).

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Picnic and Mölkky game held on May 18

on the lawn of Pier 45 (end of Christopher St. in Greenwich Village, New York City)


Improv Theater : “Two Angry Finns” at the Annual Meeting


On Monday, March 4, we had Finland Center's Annual Meeting.

We had the pleasure to have the improv duo called Two Angry Finns to perform for us.


Finns Studying in the USA

On Tuesday, January 22nd, Finland Center Foundation hosted a panel discussion for Finnish college students who are studying in New York. Read our blog post about the event here!


On November 27, the String Orchestra of New York City performed an all-Finnish program at St. Peter's Church in Chelsea.

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A workshop where participants were taught the old Finnish art of birch bark weaving took place in the Women's Lab at the Centre for Social Innovation on November 3rd, 2018. Read our blog post about the event here.


Check out this short video from our annual Midsummer 5K Run that took place in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, on June 17th 2018!


Upcoming Finnish Events Calendar

From fashion shows and musical performances to marathons and seasonal celebrations – check out our upcoming and on-going events and enjoy fun get-togethers in New York City and elsewhere! Is your Finnish or Swedish a little rusty? Join the Members’ Book Club or let’s get together for an informal discussion over drinks. You can keep track on what’s going on through the calendar below.


What We’ve Done Before

If you want to see what we have done in the past, you can read more about our past events from this archive.