Episode 19: When Midsummer is Finland’s best and worst celebration

Very Finnish Problems creator Joel Willans interviews the minds behind Midsummer Madness, a free Helsinki open-air Midsummer event for 2020. Jeroen Sebrechts and Claire Delhom discuss their personal journeys to Finland from Belgium and France respectively, and explain why Midsummer Madness is a licensed Moomin event, despite featuring zero trolls or Hattifatteners. Co-host Laura Suihkonen shares a very bleak movie recommendation.

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Produced by Thomas Nybergh / Ink Tank Media


Midsummer Madness Open Air Festival (Jun 19-20 2020): https://midsummermadness.fi/en/

The Finnish Sauna Association’s Primer on sauna culture: https://www.sauna.fi/in-english/finnish-sauna-culture/

Laura’s recommendation: The Joker (2019): https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/joker_2019

Jeroen’s recommendation - go check out Hungarian movies: https://hungarytoday.hu/thursday-top-ten-movie-time-best-hungarian-movies-53259/

Joel’s recommendation - The Guardian Weekly’s journalism: https://www.theguardian.com/weekly

Claire’s recommendation - "The Moomins, The World of Moominvalley" by Philip Ardagh and Frank Cottrell Boyce: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36473933-the-moomins