Brighton Fringe and The Finnish Institute in London invite you to join them at 4.30pm on the 6th of December, the centenary of Finnish Independence, for a festive celebration to launch ‘Treecycle’, a 16ft Christmas tree installation by Finnish artist Ilona Valkonen, a member of the Finnish ‘anarchist florist’ art group Vieno Motors.
The event will be held in the grounds of St. Peter’s Church and will include Christmas carols led by Jane Bom-Bane, Finnish food and non-alcoholic Glöggi to keep everyone warm. Two very special guests will be appearing – Santa, all the way from Lapland in Finland, and Mo Marsh, The Mayor for Brighton and Hove.
To adorn the tree the artist has combined organic and manmade media, drawing attention to the value of discarded materials such as electrical wires and bicycle tyres by repurposing them as Christmas decorations alongside live, flowering bulbs. The delicacy of the flowers combined with the rawness of the recycled material helps the viewer find aesthetic value in items usually thrown away.
‘Treecycle’ celebrates Brighton’s reputation as a green city and brings Finnish festive traditions together with art in the spirit of the Fringe.
The installation of ‘Treecycle’ has been a collaborative effort between Brighton Fringe, The Finnish Institute in London, and a number of Brighton-based organisations; St Peter’s Church, Brighton & Hove Council, Brighton Metropolitan College, Phoenix Brighton and The Finnish School of Brighton have all been invaluable to the project.
The launch marks the start of a partnership between Brighton Fringe and The Finnish Institute in London, which will include a Finnish season at Brighton Fringe 2018.
For more information about the Brighton Fringe Finnish season visit here.
Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of The Finnish Institute in London:
“This Christmas tree project has been a wonderful start to our collaboration with Brighton Fringe. We are looking forward to presenting a varied Finnish Showcase at the festival in the spring!”
Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe:
“Finland, just like Brighton Fringe, has a reputation for doing things from a refreshingly different perspective, there is more to things than meets the eye. This tree, whilst inspiring festive joy, also has an important message too and we would like to thank Ilona Valkonen, the Finnish Institute and all our other partners for this project for their time to put this all together. This project heralds the start of our partnership with Finland for 2018 and we just can’t wait.”