Past events

Kati Kanto ja Maie Kuusik:
Ode to Spring

The program of the evening consists of Finnish folk songs which tell about the approaching spring, its light and hope. In the poems and songs we have a brief stop stop in the beauty of Finninsh nature, its forests, grassland and fellsides.

Poems and songs: Kati Kanto

Accompaning with piano: Maie Kuusik


Kati Kanto is Rovaniemi based teacher of Finnish language and literature. She has studies classical singing at the Lapland College of Music and during various courses. Kati Kanto has held many private concerts in which she also has read her poems. Kati has also written 3 poem books, two novels and one short story book. ​


Maie Kuusik is the cantor of  Rovaniemen church. She has graduated from Tallin Music Academy  in 1984.  Besides her daily job, Maie has accompanied many singers and musicians in several concerts over the years. ​

Photo Show from Lake Baikal

3.6 and 4.6 at 6-7 pm

Come see photographs from the ice, ice caverns, unbelievable light and winter atmosphere of Lake Baikal. It is the deepest lake in the world and also one of the oldest. Kaisa Sirén shows her photos of the gorgeous ice formations on the shores and of the abstract shapes of the ice itself. Kaisa is on a photo expedition on lake Baikal, in Siberia, in February 2020.

Acrylic medium liquitex workshop

1.6.2020 and 2.6.2020

​Come and open the doors to creativity. This is a workshop that suits also those with little experience in painting. ​

At this workshop we use Acrylic medium liquitex –substance to dilute acrylic paints. We try different techniques, e.g. mixing colors in a bowl and pouring them onto the canvas. We also test the effects of adding silicon or alcohol or even warming up the colors. All necessary equipment is provided. The workshop leaded is Pertti Huhtala, the chair of Maahiset and he is assisted by Mari Riikonen.

Sanoja ja Valokuvia


Get inspired by photographic art - make your own poems


Kaisa Sirén and writing instructor Anne Lukkarila invited people to be inspired by photographs and guided them to make their own poems.

Orangutangs - The men of the forest


Photo show about the orangutangs living in the rainforest of Borneo

Come to see as Kaisa Sirén shows her photographs and tells stories or the orangutangs in the rainforest of Borneo. The lives of the orangutangs are getting difficult because large areas of the rainforest have been cut down.

Letters from Kamchatka bears


Photo show about bears in the Kamchatka peninsula in eastern Russia

This autumn's photo show is pictures of bears from Kamchatka peninsula of Russia. In Kaisa Sirén's photographs you can see bears fishing for salmon. The photos have lots of movement and emotions, and they show the very wide range of expressions and moods that bears can have. Included are photos from very different bears, from old huge males to little cubs. In Finland most bear photos are taken from a hide and the bears are lured there with meat, but these photos are from the bears' natural fishing area. The bears passed us photographers from only 3 meters distance. The area is unique in the world and photography permits are rarely given.

Life as a penguin


Photo show from the blue and white world of Antarctica


The scale of Antarctica is difficult to understand. The icebergs that float by can be several kilometers long, the glaciers many hundred meters high and the penguin colonies have thousands of penguins. The icebergs have amazing shapes after rolling around in the sea for years. Leopard seals can find good hiding spots when hunting penguins.

And all this is in danger because of climate change.

In the shadow of the jungle

Kaisa Sirén's photographs of the mountain gorillas and western lowlands gorillas of Africa

In the "Gorilla evening" that happened several times in Villa Vinkkeli people could meet the gorillas of Africa trough a photo show.

Two countries; two gorilla species. First we went to the Republic of Congo to the national park of Odzala Kokoua to see the western lowlands gorillas. We were deep in the jungle in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing there except couple national park buildings and the gorillas.

Next we went to Volcanoes National park in Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. All of the worlds approximately thousand mountain gorillas live there in a small area surrounded by farmland.

Somewhere up north

Kaisa Sirén's nature photos from Svalbard

In Rovaniemi Week's night of the arts 8.9.2018 you could travel to very northern scenery with Kaisa Sirén's photos. The trip took us all the way to the northern edge of Svalbard where Sirén had a photography expedition in July 2018. During the approximately 1000 km journey by ship they saw many wonders of the northern nature: Giant groups of birds, obese walruses, bearded seals, unbelievably turquoise icebergs, the edges of glaciers and the king of the northern lands: the polar bear. But the most memorable thing was the peace and quiet of undisturbed nature, and the wonderful light of the north. And since the event happened on the night of the arts, we also had some artistic impressions of Svalbard nature.

Villa Vinkkeli

Art gallery

Vuopajantie 15, 96400 Rovaniemi

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