LIFE

SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

SPIRIT FM SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

We are delighted to that we have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2017 Radio Gaala Awards. James Price’s Midday Run Show is in the running for Local Radio Show of the Year, while Craig Houston is in the running for Local Radio Host of the Year. Both categories were open to public voting, so we would like to take this chance to thank our brilliant listeners for taking the time to vote for James and Craig. Both, as well as everyone at the station, would like to pass on their gratitude and they are fully aware that they would not be in this position without the fantastic people who listen and contribute to their respective shows. The Radio Gaala Awards reward the very best in radio contributions throughout the year, so for two of our own to be shortlisted shows that Spirit FM is heading in the right direction. Finger crossed for the awards ceremony on the 31st of March!  ...
City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

City of Helsinki Family Support website now available in English

Being a parent is not always easy, but it is comforting to know that many others grapple with the same types of difficulties. Parents do not  have to be together to be good parents, and the composition of families varies a lot. The children may, for example, only live with one parent  or in several homes as part of a reconstituted family. Notions of the baby The child grows and develops in the womb for nine months. The birth of parenthood takes at least as long. Becoming a parent is one important  transitional phase in life, which gives the chance to consider and  review one’s own thoughts and experiences and learn something new about yourself. One’s future parenthood is strongly influenced by two things:  early experiences of childhood and what kind of mental image one has of  the baby during the pregnancy. These are some of the topics you will find on the website, which is now  available in English.  ...
Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

Helsinki Winter Garden is all about Christmas

The Winter Garden is ready for Christmas. This Helsinki attraction provides warmth and splendor for people from near and afar. Santa’s Little Helpers at the garden have prepared a Christmas oasis that is sure to delight families and people of all ages. Christmas decorations are displayed throughout the Christmas season until after Epiphany, to close on 8 January. There is a Christmas tree and candles, Santa’s Little Helpers and animals of the forest. Santa’s Little Helpers perform tricks that will bring joy to all visitors. The garden’s biggest Christmas plant is a Camellia tree, which is about to bloom. The final touch to the Christmas spirit is given by poinsettias, hyacinths, amaryllis, cacti that are at their best in November and December, and Christmas arrangements. Santa’s Little Helpers can be imagined to roam in the garden making their plans for Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit is also created by the light of large white candles and the Christmas tree as well as by Christmas-inspired flower arrangements. The Christmas time is the Winter Garden’s high season, only equalled by Easter. The garden is one of the favourites of day care centres, families, school children and grown-ups alike – and for a reason, as the garden allows visitors to enjoy the spirit of old-time Christmas. The garden café serves sweet buns and glögg mulled wine during the holidays. Read more Helsingin Kaupunki    ...

CULTURE

Centenary Championships in Lahti this month

Centenary Championships in Lahti this month

The Lahti Nordic Skiing Championships will be held from February 22 to March 5 in the southern Finnish city of Lahti, and will be taking on a special flavour in light of the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence this year. Over the 12 days more than 700 athletes from 60 different countries will compete in 21 disciplines, with each day culminating with the biggest après-ski in the world as well as the medal award ceremonies. At the centenary championships, visitors will enjoy the world’s best winter sports combined with an unforgettable winter festival full of good food, music and unique atmosphere in breathtaking setting of Salpausselkä. For more information on the events themselves, the history of the games, the city of Lahti, accommodation, and tickets.  ...
The Helsinki International Boat Show

The Helsinki International Boat Show

The Helsinki International Boat Show offers fine experiences to boaters, water sports enthusiasts and anglers; The Boat Show presents everything that can be done on water. The Helsinki International Boat Show opens the boating season and shows the way The Helsinki International Boat Show, held in February each year, is by far Finland’s most comprehensive and most important preview of what’s on offer for the coming boating season. The organiser of Helsinki International Boat Show is the Finnish Fair Corporation, with commissioning by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat. The event fills all available halls in the Helsinki Fair Centre, which typically displays close to 600 boats in six halls. Each year, the boat show attracts about 80,000 visitors, making it the largest exhibition organised at the Helsinki Fair Centre. Marine engines and related equipment, accessories and components will also be on display. The show will also include numerous peripheral events and seminars. Vene Båt 17 will be held between the 10th and 19th February 2017. Spirit FM will broadcast live from the fair on Friday the 10th from 15.00 until 18.00 and Saturday the 11th of February, 11.00 – 15.00. Opening hours Friday 10 Feb (Trade Day) 14:00-18:00
; Sat-Sun 11 – 12 Feb 10:00-18:00; 
Mon-Fri 13-17 Feb 11:00-20:00; 
Sat 18 Feb 10:00-18:00; 
Sun 19 Feb 10:00-17:00 Tickets If you buy your tickets by Thursday 9 February, you get your tickets cheaper:
 Adults 16 €/person
; Children (7-15 yrs.), retirees, recruits, students 10 €/person
; Family ticket (max. 2 adults and children under 16 years) 36 €; 
Group ticket (min. 10 persons) 10 € /person For full details  ...
Spirit FM to broadcast live at Matkamessut 2017

Spirit FM to broadcast live at Matkamessut 2017

Spirit FM is delighted to announce that we will be broadcasting live from Matkamessut 2017, between 11.00 and 18.00 on Thursday, January 19th until Sunday, January 22nd. Both our Midday Run and Happy Hour Shows will conduct their entire shows on location at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, combining live interviews information with stories and information related to the travel world. We want to represent Finland in a language the exhibitors can understand, while also being a vessel for countries and organisations from around the world to promote what they have to offer to the Finnish population. This is a truly international event and one which perfectly suits the ethos and ideals of Spirit FM. We are represented by more than eight nationalities at the station and it is our wish to promote Finland around the world while spreading the word about this wonderful country. By having eight live shows broadcast from Matkamessut 2017, we believe this will allow us to not only show what Finland has to offer, but also what the exhibitors and countries can offer people who live here in Finland, thus broadening all our horizons simultaneously.  ...

CONCERTS

HEADFLUNK COMEDY VOL.1

HEADFLUNK COMEDY VOL.1

Spirit FM is delighted to announce that it will be a sponsor of the very first Headflunk Comedy Festival on the 8th of March. The organsiers are combining top class international performers, in the form of English acts Sean McLoughlin and Sarah Keyworth, with local talent such as Aatu Raitala and David Fagerudd. Look out for ticket competitions in the lead up to the event at Andorra in central Helsinki on our live...
Really Small Theatre Company

Really Small Theatre Company

The RST will be putting on two productions, running from the 2nd of March, in English. Details below: The Really Small Theatre Company is proud to present 
The God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. 2-4 & 7-11 March 2017 @ 19:00
Tunturikadun Vierailunäyttämö (Puoli-Q) The Vallons and the Reilles meet up to discuss the altercation that took place between their sons, their hearts full of the art of co-existence. There are tulips, there is clafoutis (is it a cake or a tart?), and emotional cul-de-sacs are to be avoided. There are also missing teeth, the Darfur tragedy and thump guns, not to mention the regrettable fate of the Kokoschka. And then there’s the hamster… The God of Carnage will make an appearance in March, and it is darkly funny. Don’t miss it. Featuring Mira Berglund-Fitzpatrick, Marietta Chela, Christian Jull, and Daniel McMullen. 
Directed by Joan Nordlund. Live music during the interval from The Really Small Band.  This amateur production of “God of Carnage,The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. But don’t forget: ‘amateur’ means ‘lover’ in French…   Malvolio’s Downfall Adapted by Joan Nordlund from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Staged by Christian Jull. A bonus 30 minute prologue, as our tribute to 400 years of Shakespeare. Cast as above, plus introducing Hosanna Megumi as Olivia. Tickets €15 Discounts available to RStC patrons. €2 per ticket discount for groups of 10 or more. In our Holvi store, select 10 or more tickets and enter discount code GOCGROUP in the discount code field (and click REDEEM/KÄYTÄ). The tickets can be for any performance, as long as the single booking is for 10 or more. https://www.rstc.fi/productions/the-god-of-carnage    ...
Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Hawaiian-born Bruno Mars, (born Peter Gene Hernandez) is one of today’s most successful pop music superstars, and he will hold his first-ever concert in Finland in May next year. The Finnish concert of the multi-platinum record seller and Grammy winning guitarist is part of his massive 24K Magic world tour. The tour is his first full-length tour since his successful Moonshine Jungle World tour in 2013, which sold more than 2 million tickets in 155 sold-out concerts around the world. He has sold more than 170 singles and over 26 million albums. Bruno Mars, will appear at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on Monday, May 22nd. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.fi prices, including service charges range from € 43.50 to € 88.50. Doors open at the Hartwall Arena at 6 PM.  ...