I can’t wait!! “Aria Finlandia” is almost here. Next Wednesday, 5ht of August we will be mingling amongst beautiful people enjoying spectacular performances at a beautiful Villa Hakasalmi (next to Finlandia Hall).
What mostly excites me about this networking event are the values we are sharing with the people attending and humanitarian projects we will be presenting to the audience; Together we are stronger!
We all are working hard for our goals, but we can do it whilst helping others at the same time; Aria Finlandia supports humanitarian projects such as Plan.fi, Red Cross Finland and Non -profit start up incubator Gifted Venture.
As the organiser of the event I like to tell you in two parts a bit more about why I have chosen the charities and artists to the programme.
One of the partners of Aria Finlandia and with whom I personally work with is non-profit startup incubator Gifted Venture ry. The team has great network of people especially in IT industries all over the world that continuously harness Finnish knowhow in terms of internationalisation and global business, and have joined together to provide western business mentors from a different of fields of expertise to the areas that desperately need long term help.
Nepalese Bijay Baniya, founder of Gifted Venture organisation has a Finnish wife Sirja and two kids. They are planning to move from Helsinki to Kathmandu to aid the humanitarian projects. Bijay Baniya will present the structure at Aria Finlandia to the interested parties and share how corporates can simultaneously strive expansion to Asia and help Nepalese to recover from the horrific 7.8 earthquakes that shook the country; 400 000 people were affected, twice, destroying thousands of homes and death toll exceeded 6,000 with thousands unaccounted.
Another nonprofit organisation who’s work I hugely admire and support is Plan.fi. In Nepal they help children and women firstly also to access education. By providing the country guidance in reforming the healthcare system and in the long term people need basic business management and administrative skills and mentoring such as; accounting, management, IT development in order to rise from poverty. Also women need empowerment; that is why we also share our western values about equality with locals.
I will be working with both programmes also in Nepal during the Rockin High concert in November; the Ancara band that will also perform their catwalk debut at Aria Finlandia, is currently preparing for their performance which will ultimately be ” The World’s Highest Concert” taking place in November 21. 2015. That’s the plan anyway 🙂
Ancara has already proven they are not afraid to perform in cold or in a hugely inconvenient environment:
Members of the band and TV production company will be at Aria Finlandia and will present to the event guests why they are going to do such a “crazy”PR ! Also from that project 10% of the collected funds will go towards helping Red Cross Finland to support earthquake survivors.
On the 5th of August Aria Finlandia artistic input comes from many that I hugely admire, especially for their courage and creativeness.
I think they are bravely projecting their ideas through art work! Especially in fairly conservative Finland it is quite hard sometimes to gain recognition for not following the norms and others, in Finland many think we are openminded, but the realty is that we are not. I am a huge advocate for giving freedom and liberty of choice. I want to provide artists space where they can express themselves. At Aria Finlandia you will get to admire the works of Äni J, Jonna Järvinen and hugely talented and fearsome lady is Tinttu Henttonen (http://www.tinttuhenttonen.com). She expresses her thoughts with the art of Kinbaku, or Shibari better know as Japanese rope tying art. Tinttu continuously surprises and inspires me by consistently and effectively providing visually sometimes shocking artwork to people in new surroundings with her famous rope art.
Tinttu works meticulously and in a meditative way, she has learned her techniques by travelling extensively in Japan, learning techniques such as Shibari from Nawashis’; the rope masters.
Shibari style rigging creates geometric patterns and shapes with rope that contrast beautifully with the human body’s natural curves. The ropes and their texture provide contrast to smooth skin and curves. In Shibari, the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the rope artist.
During the evening at Aria Finlandia guests will be able to experience Tinttu’s artwork in a beautifully tranquil settings of Villa Hakasalmi; the aim of the event is to stimulate people to think about the world where we live, how we express and protect our values and believe system. How do we impact how the world? Do we have the power to make a difference?