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Janne Haavisto & The Shubie Brothers

In May this year, Janne Haavisto & The Shubie Brothers released the album "You Are Here". At Helsinki Festival they performed it live in a true feast of instrumental ska mixed with surf rock and other sweet-sounding rhythms.

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Steel guitar virtuoso

Steel guitar by no one else than the Finnish musician legend Olli Haavisto who recorded and released music with eg Jim Pembroke Band, Hoedown, Tuomari Nurmio and others. Multi-instrumentalist Olli is the older brother to Janne and performed at this Helsinki Festival concert as the special guest of the evening. Olli was so cool being a humble virtuoso performing with an unusual Hawaiian steel guitar.

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Ticket and Information Center

Professional guidance and great service at Ticket and Information Center at the main entrance to the Huvila Festival Tent area.

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The walk

Over 15000 protesters joined a demonstration against racism. The walk started off from the Citizen Square going through the main street Mannerheimintie in the centre of Helsinki.

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The Blassics

The Blassics play original funk with afrobeat elements. The band coming from Hämeenlinna in Finland perform probably the grooviest Ethiopian jazz-inspired music I've ever heard in my life. At this occasion, the seven-piece live band was part of a Funky Amigo event at the urban food district Teurastamo in Helsinki.

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Jury & Design teams

All design teams, guests and the members of the jury. The jury in the front row, starting from the right with Linda Liukas (comp programmer & writer), Arni Aromaa (Creative Director), Kari Korkman (CEO Helsinki Design Week), Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko (CEO Marimekko) and Juho Kastemaa (HCI & VR specialist).

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Anna Brchisky

Anna Brchisky, representing the co-partner Junction, welcomes all design teams, the jury and other guests to the award ceremony. Junction is responsible for a number of inspiring hackathon events in Finland.

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Modern meets classic pattern

Modern meets classic Marimekko printed cotton fabrics. The pattern in the middle titled Veljekset displays Finnish folk tales and is designed by young designer Maija Louekari to celebrate Finland’s 100th year of independence in 2017. The pattern next to Veljekset named Iso Noppa was designed by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi in 1954.

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Finnish lifestyle

An open showroom at Marimekko's headquarter displaying Finnish lifestyle products such as white Artek stools, Eero Arnio's Ball Chair and Marimekko cushions, teacups and printed cotton fabric classics showing the designs of Maija Isola's: Isot Kivet (1959), Joonas (1961) and the Unikko (1964) flower pattern. The only exception is the Hyvä Myrsky pattern, a blueprint by Marimekko's young star designer Maija Louekari, solely created for the Marimekko Designathon.

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Marimekko headquarter

Standing in front Marimekko's headquarter in Helsinki. As a part of the many announced events by Helsinki Design Week, the Finnish lifestyle brand Marimekko organised a designathon in collaboration with tech event Slush and hackathon company Junction.

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Call it Voodoo Afro-Funk

Call it voodoo afro-funk. Vaudou Game got the people out of their seats to dance to their catchy music. I'd say their lead singer was wrong at the beginning of their gig to incline that Finnish people can't dance!

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Sensational performance

In less than 3 songs Vaudoo Game captured the attention of the audience to dance and cheer to their sensational afro-funk performance at the dancefloor area at the Huvila Festival Tent.

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Vaudou Game

Big compliments to the producers of Helsinki Festival inviting Vaudou Game for the first time ever to Finland. What a funky band. Without a doubt, a very stylish band dressed up to groove and to bringing back the sound of soul and funk. An extraordinary experience of seeing these guys live in action!

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Authentic afro-funk

Vaudau Game is something special. I have seen many bands in my life, but this Group of Artists stands out with their authentic, and energetic afro-funk, soul and R&B style. Their songs are ultimately killer party dancefloor hits.

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Peter Solo

Togolese Peter Solo is the frontman of the French sextet Vaudou Game. His appearance resembles a voodoo priest: bare-breasted, dressed in green trousers, and ordained with natural dyes, beads and embellishments. Peter played flawless chords on his guitar with a soulful voice sounding like James Brown.

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Håkan Långstedt

Håkan Långstedt, CEO of Saas instruments, one of the panellists at Design Diplomacy event at the Danish Residence. Håkan runs a leading Finnish lamp manufacturing company that for the last thirty years has been designing and developing innovative lighting solutions. Saas Instruments clients include Löyly Helsinki, Ikano Umeå, Fazer Visitor Centre, the Manerba showroom in Milano and many more.

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Danish reception

At the Danish reception at the Helsinki Design Week's Design Diplomacy event visitors were greeted by the Embassy's personnel, the Minister-Counsellor Jens Christian Andersen and Commercial Counsellor Troels Jakobsen, and welcomed to a glass of champagne.

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Magnetised audience

Blick Bassy magnetised the audience with their humble and many-sided songs. Blick's distinctive voice mixing with his bluesy guitar play backed by cello and trombone made this to an extraordinary impressive concert.

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Petit/Bassy/Fourneyron

Critically acclaimed Cameroonian musician Blick Bassy was the first afro artists of the evening at the Helsinki Festival. Bassy was accompanied by French cellist Clémont Petit and trombonist Fidel Fourneyron. Together the trio recorded Blick Bassy's latest album Akö.

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1200 seats

The Huvila Festival Tent has a capacity of 1200 seats available and is the main concert venue of the Helsinki Festival. The tent was nearly sold out for a night with finest world music and afro beats.

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