|Kuva: Samuli Roininen, ©Moomin Characters™
Greetings from California.
"THANK YOU ALL WHO CAME AND MADE THIS EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR IN TUCSON."
"The 2011 FinnFest USA festival, held at the Town & Country Convention and Resort Center in San Diego, had promised a chance to get to know contemporary Finland. Attendees confirm that Finland took on new meaning as a contemporary country with a contemporary culture with much to interest all Americans, regardless of their previous connection to Finland.
A major festival highlight included the chance to interact with the Moomins, the characters created by Tove Jansson in a series of beloved Finnish children's books about Moominvalley. Both children and adults wanted to talk to the Moomins and have their photograph taken with the Moomins. Minneapolis attorney, Elaine Kumpula, who had provided the legal assistance needed for the Moomins get their visas to come to the USA, was only one of many who went home with photos. The Moomins themselves had such a good time at the festival that they began discussions with the FinnFest USA board about how they could become a regular feature at future festivals."
Written by Marianne Wargelin, Finnish Honorary Consul in the Twin Cities
Thank you, FinnFest. We enjoyed it.
Dance Theatre MD