In the name of the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Culture Programme Bureau, Friends of the Finno-Ugric Peoples (Sukukansojen ystävät ry) and MAFUN we proudly invite You for the ceremony of selecting the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2017. In the event there will be also a possibility get to acquainted with one of the current title holders, Iszkaszentgyörgy. The delegation of the Hungarian Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will held an excellent Hungarian show with folk dancers. 

5th of August, 2016
Event place:
Helsinki, Hungarian Balassi Institute
Kaisaniemenkatu 10., 00100 Helsinki
Map here

Program plan:

10:00 -10:30               Arrival of the guests, snaks, coffee and tea – jury preparation session
10:30                          Official welcome
                                    Käbi Suvi, the head of MAFUN
                                    Gábor Richly, director of Balassi Institute (under request)
                                    Norman Langerak, chairman of the organization Friends of the Finno-Ugric                                               peoples (Sukukansojen ystävät ry.
                                    Peter Aranyi, the head of the Finno-Ugric Capitals of Programme Bureau
                                    Anna Easteden, the Finnish-American Hollywood actress greets the contestants 

10:50                          Starting of the candidate presentations in alphabetical order
10:50 - 11:30             Kuhmo (Finland)
11:30 – 11:40             Questions of the jury
11:40 – 12:20             Sippola (Finland)
12:20 – 12:30             Questions of the jury
12:30 – 13:00             Break – drinks, snaks
13:00 – 13:40             Vuokkiniemi (Russia)
13:40 – 13:50             Questions of the jury
13:50 – 14:20             Jury deliberations (closed)
14:20 – 15:00             Iszkaszentgyörgy, the current Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture introduce itself -                                              live presentation, folk dancing show, handicraft and patch works                         15:00                           Official announcement of the winner
15:00 – 15:15             Gratulations
15:15                          Closing speech
15:30                          End of the event

 If you would like to participate, please send a registration e-mail to till 4th of August. 

In the evening the organisers will held an informal meeting in a bar closed to the Hungarian Balassi Institute. We would like to invite you for this part as well. Location:  Villi Wäinö, Kalevankatu 4, Helsinki . Starting time: 18:00. Possible end: 22:00. Singers: Juha Jyrkäs; Jani Koskiin and more.