Fire In The North Sky: Epic Tales From Finland at Southbank Centre


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Presented as part of the Southbank Centre's Nordic Matters and World on the Brink Festivals, this is a special one-hour version of Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland. Travel to the extremes of the Finnish landscape as a storyteller and musicians bring 2000 year-old stories to life. Immerse yourself in authentic creation myths, tales of Finland's illustrious heroes and journey with them to the dark river of the underworld. Be transported by songs, adventures and the stories of Kalevala - Finland's national epic and cultural treasure - the equivalent of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey or the old English Beowulf. Leading UK storyteller Nick Hennessey and three virtuoso Finnish musicians revitalise these ancient stories with a touch of offbeat fun, enchantment and evocative music that moves between dancing flutes, infectious rhythms and hauntingly beautiful sung melodies. From the mythic creation of the sky and earth, to the forging of the Sampo - a mystical object which brings infinite bounty - to seduction spells and a mother's love for her son; Fire in the North Sky combines epic feats of heroes like Vainamoinen and Lemminkainen with very human stories of love, loss and longing. Experience Kalevala returned to its oral roots in this dynamic, intimate and surprising performance. Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland is a brand new show from Adverse Camber productions - one of the UK's most celebrated storytelling companies. It is a rare opportunity to hear stories from Kalevala performed live and to experience the absolute pinnacle of Finnish contemporary folk music. Nick Hennessey storyteller, vocals Anna-Kaisa Liedes vocals Kristiina Ilmonen wind instruments, percussion, vocals Timo Vaananen kantele, pyngyr, vocals

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
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Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo East Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Belvedere Road and Stamford Street.

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