Atlanta Finland Society, Inc. (AFS) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Atlanta Finland Society, Inc. (AFS)

PO Box 768231 Roswell, GA 30076






Tulevia tapahtumia - Upcoming Events 2015

Finnish Culture & Jazz Night

Friday March 27th from 7-10pm Athens, Georgia

Join us at Walkers Pub, in downtown Athens, for a night of socializing, and live music.

Walkers Olli

Olli Hirvonen, a Finnish Jazz guitarist from New York, will be playing Jazz on an acoustic guitar. All Finnish students and others interested in Finnish language and culture are encouraged to attend.

There will be complimentary Finnish food, a cash bar, live music, and a raffle! We ask for a cover charge of $10 for students and $20 for adults, but this cover includes food, entrance into the raffle, and live music. The food will be catered by Sari Klett, and there will also be traditional Finnish sweets and desserts.

Walkers Pub is located in downtown Athens historic district, click to see the map:

128 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601

Please RSVP to Sara Hamalainen if you are planning to attend!





Welcome to the night of fun and beautiful Jazz Music by award winning Finnish Guitarist Olli Hirvonen in Midtown, Atlanta

Place: Front Page News

Address: 1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

on Saturday, March 28 starting at 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm.

Atlanta Finland Society has reserved a cozy Jazz bar in Front Page News for us starting from 6:00 pm, and the music is performed between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Come early or stay late. Enjoy Atlanta night life at it's best and come and meet other Finns and friends in a casual bar.

Invite also your friends and all young “party-goers” to get together, mingle around while listening to the music. Give a warm welcome to Olli in Atlanta with the Southern hospitality that Atlanta is so famoues for. Buy your drinks and food in the bar. Tips to cover the Olli's entertainment fee is well appreciated. Thank You!


About Front Page News:  

“Whether you're looking for a great place to drink after work, a family friendly place to take the kids, a French Quarter style brunch on the patio, or a late night drink...Front Page News is the answer.

See Map here:!find-us/c1mwe

Olli Hirvonen is a Finnish jazz guitarist currently based in New York City. He is the most accomplished   Finnish guitarist of his generation, having already been chosen as the Artist of the Year of the Pori International Jazz Festival 2011 and having an international career well on it’s way.

Born in the city of Lappeenranta, a lakeside town in southeast Finland, he began his musical studies  at the age of nine at the local music institute with classical guitar and piano.
After finishing high school in 2008, Hirvonen began his studies at the prestigious  jazz department of  Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he got to study with Tim Hagans, Raoul Björkenheim and Teemu  Viinikainen. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in June 2011.
In August 2011 he relocated to New York City to pursue his Master’s degree at the Manhattan  School of Music, where he had a chance to study with such jazz luminaries as Rodney Jones, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely, John Riley and Phil Markowitz. His curriculum there also included composing   classical and electro-acoustic music. He graduated in the spring of 2013 with excellent grades.

Complimentary Valet Parking is available on Crescent Avenue for Front Page News and Lure customers until 11:00 pm. Please take your ticket for validation in the restaurant.

Please RSVP to Tuula Becker by March 22 if you are planning to join us..
Email: or call/text me at: 678 296 5676

Best Regards, Tuula Becker
Atlanta Finland Society Inc. / President


Finnish Friends . .

Please join Georgia State Bands on Thursday, April 23rd for an evening of Finnish Music celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Jean Sibelius' birth. The performance will feature special guests Timo Kotilainen, conductor of the Finnish Navy Band and Matti Laiho, a noted Finnish composer and will conclude with a performance of a new symphony for wind band by Mr. Laiho co-commissioned by Georgia State University and the Finnish Navy Band.

The concert is free and open to the public.

A reception will follow sponsored by The Atlanta Finland Society.

Feel free to contact me for more information (


Olet lämpimästi tervetullut kanssamme kevätretkelle

Spring is coming, at least according to the Almanac.

I hope you're free on Tuesday, March 31, and you can join us to the "Women's spring trip“ to the Gibbs Gardens, 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107.

Gibbs Gardens admission charges include:
• Adults (18 to 64 years old): $20 per person
• Seniors (65+):  $18
• Children: (ages 4-17) $18 (Children 3 and under are free.)
• Group rates are $18.00 per person for an unguided group of 10 or more.
Please note American Express is not accepted in the gardens.
There is no charge for parking at Gibbs Gardens. Trams -- $5 for a day pass -- are available to take visitors between the Welcome Center and Manor House Gardens between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM or from the Welcome Center to the Valley Gardens,
including the Japanese Gardens, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The Valley Gardens route may change during the year to take visitors to seasonal gardens and special
flower displays.


We will eat lunch at noon, @The Arbor Café: 
Just steps away from the Welcome Center, The Arbor Café offers a selection of sandwiches on fresh baked bread, desserts and daily specials on baked goods.

We will meet first at 9:00 am, at the Best Buy parking lot, 2085 Market Place Blvd Cumming, GA 30041. There we can check if anyone wants to carpool. From Cumming it will take about 30 minutes to drive to the gardens.  If you do not come through Cumming, we will meet in front of the Gibbs Gardens main gate at 10 am.
I read somewhere that walking along the gardens takes about 3 hours.

Please, notify me no later than 3.24 if you can come with us, and let me know
whether you will be coming through Cumming or not, so we know to wait for you.
If that very day (03.31) it's pouring rain, let’s have the Thursday, April 2, as an
alternative day.

Toivottavasti pääset mukaan!   Have a Happy Spring!

Jaana Kimari
RSVP by 3/24/15 or  cell (770) 330-4802



Jean Sibelius, original name Johan Julius Christian Sibelius

(born Dec. 8, 1865, Hämeenlinna, Finland.—died Sept. 20, 1957, Järvenpää), Finnish composer, the most noted symphonic composer of Scandinavia.


May 30, 2015 - JOIN US!
An Evening with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)
and Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia (SAFG)

Enjoy an exclusive pre-concert lecture on Sibelius and his featured piece The Bard, hosted by Ken Meltzer and The Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia (SAFG), followed by a performance by your Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!

Pre-concert Lecture & Cocktails (cash bar)
Saturday, May 30 at 7:30pm
Lecture starts at 6:30pm
Atlanta Symphony Hall
$35 Main Orchestra Seats
Sibelius: The Bard
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Robert Spano, Music Director
Yefim Bronfman, Piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

It took 1,000 stories told over 1,001 nights to save the life of Scheherazade. In just two hours, Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra will take you on a similar journey, spinning amazing musical stories with Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical symphonic suite Scheherazade; enchanting you with Sibelius’ The Bard; and dazzling you with pianist Yefim Bronfman’s performance of Beethoven’s stately Fourth Piano Concerto.

To purchase and RSVP for pre-concert lecture:
Contact ASO Group and Corporate Sales at (404)
733-4848 or
Offer not valid at box office. Some restrictions may apply.
Office hours M-F, 9-5. Please purchase/RSVP no later
than Wednesday, May 25 at 12:00pm.

"With the exchange of culture comes an understanding of others - even new perspectives on ourselves." Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia (SAFG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exchange of educational, cultural and amateur athletic endeavors between the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the State of Georgia.

Since its founding in 1983, the SAFG has acquainted Georgians with Scandinavian cultural expressions, such as art, crafts, film, music, literature, as well as culinary arts and amateur athletics. Art exhibits and musical performers from Georgia have also been co-sponsored
to Scandinavia.

We invite you to visit Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Georgia, and participate in our Cultural Exchange Program and Educational Events.


Click here to see Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia (SAFG) events

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