This month in Blue Wings: July 2015


In August, Helsinki welcomes over 800 Chinese artists to the biggest annual arts event in Finland. If you are near Singapore, you might want to attend August Jubilee Weekend celebrations. Read our summer tips from Finnair’s Blue Wings magazine.


Singapore, August 7–10

The island will be staging events all through 2015 to celebrate its 50th year of independence, but the fun doubles on August Jubilee Weekend with aerial shows by the Singapore Air Force, firework displays in the marina and a floral depiction at Gardens by the Bay.


Airport express

The new Ring Rail Line connecting Helsinki Airport to Helsinki Central Railway Station opened in July 2015. The 18-kilometer light rail link will increase access to stations in the Greater Helsinki area, with the trip from airport to city center taking about 30 minutes. 

Photo by VR Group


Eyes and ears on China

The Contemporary Chinese Ink exhibition features new forms of Chinese painting, Guóhuà. (Photo by Laura Iisalo)

In August 2015 over 800 Chinese artists will descend upon the Helsinki Festival, the biggest annual arts event in Finland. The two-week festival is a celebration of music, art, dance, theatre, circus, design, and food.

Renowned composer Tan Dun is one of the eagerly awaited guests who will provide insights into both classical and contemporary Chinese culture.

“China has a very well-preserved cultural heritage. On the other hand, new generations are quick to react to global changes and generate new ideas. It’s fascinating how a country with such strong traditions can be so modern,” says festival director Erik Söderblom.

Music lovers must not miss the two-day Modern Sky Festival, where contemporary Asian rock, pop and electro bands will get rhythms going with selected Nordic music acts.

“Rock music is still relatively young in many parts of Asia, but the scene has exploded in recent years. We want to introduce this cool urban culture to local audiences,” says Jani Joenniemi, director of the Modern Sky Helsinki Festival.

China on our minds

Finnair flies to a number of Chinese destinations several times daily. The airline also sponsors this year’s Helsinki Festival.

Finnair crew tips: TOP 3 mountains

Inflight supervisor and avid traveler Marjaana Saksela shares her top 3 peak experiences from around the world:

1 Mount Huashan 

Located about 120 kilometers from Xi’an, China, this mountain had the craziest cable car ride I’ve ever taken. Once up at the top, the outstanding scenery made it totally worthwhile!

2  Mount Koya 

About two and a half hours from Osaka, Japan, lies the perfect place for relaxing and having a “timeless” moment with 136 temples, some of which offer accommodation – I recommend Sjojoshin-in.

3  Llafranc 

Nestled north of Barcelona, Spain, this picturesque little town by the beach is in a region full of fantastic small historical towns and magnificent mountains.

Original Blue Wings texts by Mirva Lempiäinen, Laura Iisalo, and Katja Pantzar

Read the Summer 2015 issue of Finnair's Blue Wings magazine here.


Published July 9, 2015

Category: Collaboration, Local features