New Year’s Eve opens centenary of independence with grand party
The independent Finland will turn 100 in 2017 and celebrate the independence throughout the year. The centenary is opened in grand style on 31 December 2016. Citizens are invited to celebrate the centenary at the Finland 100 grand opening held in the Töölö Bay area and at Kansalaistori Square in Helsinki. The programme extends through the day to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve will culminate in the Party of the New Century. Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, will be closed to traffic and turned into a dance floor. The story of Finland will be told by a stellar group of the best-loved Finnish artists: Robin, Alma, Samuli Edelman, Paula Koivuniemi, Michael Monroe, Remu, Paleface, Jenni Vartiainen, Fork, Olavi Uusivirta, Tiisu, Lauri Tähkä, Frida Andersson, Iiro Rantala and Darude.
The night will be filled with dance, music, stories, comedy, singing, fashion and new circus. The evening will be orchestrated by Riku and Tunna in the Futureventures vein, and it will be hosted by Nina and Lorenz Backman. The night belongs to all of Finland: the Finnish National Broadcasting company YLE will broadcast the party to the whole nation.
“The opening of the nation’s centenary happens only once,” says Ossi Luoto, the head producer of the Finland 100 grand opening. “It’s magnificent to see the year’s theme of togetherness come true when people gather at Kansalaistori Square. We have a unique programme, in which the nation’s best-loved faces will perform in a one-of-a-time assembly in a manner never seen before. We will have an energetic and dynamic programme for people of all ages.”
The grand opening starts at noon with a diverse programme for all ages in the Töölö Bay area. The Finnish National Opera and Ballet, local museums, Töölö Sports Hall, Finlandia Hall, restaurants and many other actors organize events. The outdoor Opera Stage hosts a centenary party for children at 13:00 and 15:00, organized by the children’s TV programme Pikku Kakkonen.
The evening programme starts at 18:00 on Park Stage, which is situated between the opera house and Finlandia Hall. On stage will be a line-up of popular and up-and-coming Finnish talent: DJ Kridlokk, The Holy, Kingfish, Seksikäs Suklaa, Dosdela and VG+, whose performances will be complemented by a dance performance produced by the Random Life collective.
At midnight, the new year is launched with dazzling fireworks over Töölö Bay. The display will be visible from everywhere in the event area. The party continues until 1:00 a.m. at Kansalaistori.
Centenary year created by working together
Finland will celebrate the 100 years of Finnish independence throughout 2017. The City of Helsinki and YLE are deeply involved in the production and organization of an unforgettable jubilee programme.
“The centenary is created from shared moments and experiences. It’s magnificent that we can organize the grand opening in Helsinki, as city events are one of our centenary themes. The venue of the grand opening, the Töölö Bay area, will also be home to Helsinki’s main Finland 100 project, the Helsinki Central Library,” says Marja-Leena Rinkineva, City of Helsinki Director of Economic Development.
YLE will broadcast the events of the opening day and night to all of Finland. The broadcast will kick off YLE’s extensive Finland 100 centenary programme.
“YLE has built a remarkable programme offering for the jubilee year and wants to celebrate the 100 years of Finnish independence wholeheartedly. YLE is a stage for all Finns, and that is why it’s important for us to bring the celebrations – wherever in the country they take place – to all Finns, says YLE Media Director Ismo Silvo.