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Long-forgotten harvest festival of Kekri

Hosted by the Consul of the Helsinki City & Outdoors Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 03 Nov 13:55 - 21:00

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Suomenlinna is celebrating the long-forgotten festival of Kekri. This is a celebration of the last rays of light and the end of the harvest season.

The day is full of program: music, art, games, food. See the details here Protected content The entrance to island is free and also the program but some events may require pre-booking or payments (in cash only). So, it is good to have cash there (Note! No ATM on whole island).

This is what I would like to see. Join for all if you wish or only for some parts or make your own program.
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1) Candlelight Concert - Suomenlinna Church
15.00 – open final rehearsal
In this All Saints’ day Candlelight concert, performed by Swing High vocal ensemble, you will hear deep and calming songs of longing, but the beams of joy and gratitude are not forgotten either. Come and have a moment of peace in the atmospheric candlelit Church of Suomenlinna.
The program is around 1 hour long. Candle 0,5€, program 5€, entrance free
If you miss rehearsal, concert is at 16.30

2) Sorrow Collector - Outdoors, in the Church Park Protected content – 18.45
Write your sorrows and leave them with sorrow collectors so they can be burnt together with the Kekri Buck.

3) Tarot Readings, Suomenlinna Tourist Information Protected content – 20.00
Tarot card interpretation by Tuula Huhtala.price 10€, payment: cash

4) The Spirit of Ink, Concert - Nordic Culture Point Protected content
On this dark evening the flute trio "Trio WaCava" presents you their concert filled with mystical sounds. The concert venue is a historical and atmospheric Protected content barracks building in Suomenlinna. Come and experience the full Kekri spirit accompanied by three nuns and the ghost of Roland Cavin in this magical concert. Free entrance.

5) Military Museum's Manege 11.00 – 18.00
14.00, 16.00 – guided tours
Military Museum's Manege opens its doors with a special program “Ghost Stories from the War”. On Viaporin Kekri only, both museum entrance and guided tours are free of charge. No booking needed, first come - first served.

6) Open Doors at Hytti Ry - Glass Studio Hytti Ry 14.00 – 18.00
Glass blowers of Hytti ry open their doors for the visitors of Viaporin Kekri. You can observe craftsmen at work and buy hand crafted items.

7) Mystery of the Clock Tower - Suomenlinna Clock Tower
18.00 – 18.45 (in English)
Dare to visit Suomenlinna Clock Tower and solve the mystery hidden inside. The Clock Tower is open for public on this special day only. Be aware that attention is required while walking the stairs. Tour lasts 10 minutes. Free entrance.
8) Kekri Buck Burning Ceremony - Shores of Varvilahti Protected content

9) Sounds like Recover Laboratory - Riffle Gallery Protected content – 19.00, 20.30 – 22.00
An interactive live installation which takes over the old Riffle Gallery with music, contemporary circus and contemporary art. It brings to Kekri a glimpse of a labyrinth under the ground, and is inspired by the historic setting and its many stories. Here, the freedom is yours. You may just look and listen or find your own sound.

Beer Festival - Tenaille von Fersen Protected content – 23.00
Hosting breweries: Cool Head Brew, Kuura Cider, Maku Brewing, Fat Lizard Brewing Co., and Suomenlinnan Panimo. Music by DJ's Flink, Kruger, Osqu and Mass. Payment method: cash/card
Viaporin Deli and Cafe
11.00 – 21.00
11.00 – 15.00 (lunch)
Choose from home made patisserie products, freshly baked pastries, generously filled fresh sandwiches, salads from salad bar, home made soups, and various other delicacies.
Cafe Silo
11.00 – 22.00
Hot soup, savory and sweet treats
Restaurant Bastion Bistro and Café Creepy
12.00 – 23.00 (Bistro)
15.00 – 21.00 (Café Creepy)
Haunted house. The restaurant will be lit with pumpkin lanterns and will be serving the "Gravedigger's Burger" with sweet potato fries.
Café Vanille
12.00 – 20.00
Try hideously delicious sweet and savoury cakes and pies, spicy sweet potato and pumpkin soup, served by Café Vanille in the old merchant's quarter.
Kekri Street Food, ballast room
14.00 – 22.00
Ballast Room Pop-up Cafe
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Kekri Bike Drinks & Buns
16.00 – 20.00
Freshly baked buns and warm drinks brought to you on a bike around Suomenlinna by Suomenlinna Ilmiö.
Susisaaren Ruokala
11.00 – 23.00
11.00 – 16.30 (Kekri Buffet)
11.30 – 21.30 (evening menu)
20.00 – 22.00 (live music)
Indulge in Kekri-buffet and Evening menu in Restaurant Susisaaren Ruokala. Enjoy live music in yellow Mastovaja building from 20 onwards: band Lähihoitajat ft Målby at 20.00, band Souther Fruits at 21.00.

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HKI- Suomenlinna


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Suomenlinna – HKI
02:00 last one

Cash - No ATM on island and some venues accept only cash
Warm clothes - it will be windy and chilly in the evening

See you there.