Blue and white were the colours of the evening, when close to 350 guests from the Finnish community in Singapore gathered at the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. The evening was organized by the members of the Finnish Association in Singapore, who oversaw that every detail of the evening was nothing but perfect.
The guests heard speeches from Ambassador of Finland Paula Parviainen and Chairwoman of the Finnish Association Mira Riska, both celebrating the achievements of the Finnish community in Singapore during the centenary year. The Finnish Embassy and Suomi Finland 100 Singapore organized a staggering 100 events in Singapore this year with the intention of building bridges between Singapore and Finland, and finding ways to address the shared challenges the two countries face in healthcare and well-being, education, innovation and design. More Finnish companies have found their way to the Singaporean and South-East Asian markets during the year, and the work will continue in 2018 to establish long-lasting relationships.
The Finland gala night was celebrated in style. Guests visited the White Christmas exhibition at Flower Dome, heard the Finnish-Singaporean “Arctic meets Tropic” choir performing Finnish folk songs, and enjoyed a dinner including schnapps and Finnish inspired specialties like beetroot salad, cured salmon and Christmas star cookies with prune jam.
The special guest of the evening was Finnish pop singer Olavi Uusivirta, who led the guest singing the national anthem of Finland, and later performed to the celebrating partyers both his own production as well as some well-known Finnish evergreens.
SF100SG project director Katariina Benedetti and event manager Timo Sysiö kept the audience entertained with their humorous speeches and draw the winners of lucky draws, including a visit to the Snow Castle in Kemi and to Santa Park in Finland.
The guests made their way back to the taxi stand by walking through white and blue lit Super Trees in Gardens by the Bay, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. What a memorable night it was!
Photos: Milla Magia photo