Father Frost against Putin - festival in Helsinki 4th of January 2014

It is estimated that during Russia's New Year's holiday Finland is visited by hundreads of thousands Russian guests. Only in Helsinki there will be at least 130.000 visitors. Many of them want to make rebellion plans to get rid of Putin's regime and they 'hide' their visit as a normal family holiday without anykind of control by FSB or Center of Extermism. 

  Beginning of the year 2014 Russian and Finnish activists invite everyone to join to festival, which purpose is to promote Russian and Finnish basic level and frontline opposition movement. The purpose of this festival is to create connections between countries and it is an ideal way to spend Russian New Year holiday in Finland. All programs during the festival are open for everyone, but at the same time it will be arranged meetings between activists who have purpose to create individual projects.   

Father Frost against Putin - festival

It is estimated that during Russia's New Year's holiday Finland is visited by hundreads of thousands Russian guests. Only in Helsinki there will be at least 130.000 visitors. Many of them want to make rebellion plans to get rid of Putin's regime and they 'hide' their visit as a normal family holiday without anykind of control by FSB or Center of Extermism.

Beginning of the year 2014 Russian and Finnish activists invite everyone to join to festival, which purpose is to promote Russian and Finnish basic level and frontline opposition movement. The purpose of this festival is to create connections between countries and it is an ideal way to spend Russian New Year holiday in Finland. All programs during the festival are open for everyone, but at the same time it will be arranged meetings between activists who have purpose to create individual projects.

Program is preliminary, last minute changes are possible

10:00 – 11:15 Animal rights movement in Russia
11:30 - 12:45 Local environmental struggles in St. Petersburg
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:00 Activism, human rights and queer movement in Armenia
15:15 – 16:30 Struggle for free spaces in St. Petersburg
16:45 – 18:00 Supporting Russian political prisoners
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21.00 A demonstration for political prisoners in Russia, gathering at statue of three smiths in beginning of Aleksanterinkatu street
22:00 – 02:00 Evening concert, featuring Lisichkin Khleb (Moscow), Mercedes Bentso (Itä-Helsinki) and Bolshevikings (Stockholm), DJ Lady Chatterleyn Rakastaja (Peijakas!). Evening concert in facebook:

Additional program:

15:15 LGBTIQ struggle in Russia
17:00 Starting up action samba bands

A workshop on forming an action samba band. We learn to play one tune together and share tips on everything you need to get started.

"We are a network of action samba bands, playing for all kinds of
socio-political and ecological causes. We actively criticize and confront any form of domination, exploitation, discrimination or oppression and choose tactical frivolity and/or other forms of creative protest as a way to express our rage and indignation… You can hear us on the streets, just come and look for us!"

Read more about the Rhythms of Resistance network:

Lunch and dinner are free for guests abroad.

Festival will take place in Mannerheimintie 5 B, 7th floor. Building is located in the center of the city, 200 metres from the main railway station.

  All parts of this festival are planned to introduce problems in a way that earlier knowledge is not necessary. Main points will be the situation in Russia now, but because several these subjects are current in Finland as well Finnish activist are invited to present their work.   Festival is organized by Writers' and Artists' Association Kiila and YYA-network.. At this moment Friedship-, collaboration ja mutual assistance -netwotk (YYA) consists of members from Free Pussy Riot Helsinki, Anarchist Black Cross in Helsinki and A-group. We welcome all groups, networksand individuals who are interested in supporting Russian activists to join us in anti-authoritarian spirit without any leaders or borders!    The day after the festival, Sunday January the 5th,. It continues the BAM 2012 meeting tradition, which was held in Tallinn. This happening is open for everyone as well, so everyone has possibility to join both happenings.   Festival Organizators promise free meals for every visitor from Russia during these two festival days. Vegan food will be provided so it is suitable for everyone.   Local activist can only guarantee accommondation for the first 20-40 visitors who announce their participation (contactaddress in the end of the message). Because accommondation will be home stay we can only provide that to activists who have reference. Others should book their hostels/hotels themselves (Links will be available soon!). Anyway, we recommend to book as early as possible, because it will be high season.   Unfortunatelly because we don't have finance from outside for the festival we can't help with travel and visa expenses. We try to find an organization who could send invites.     We ask those who are interested in accommondation to fill in the details below and send it to   Filling in the form is necessary only for them who need accommondation provided by us.   Welcome!   Name or Nickname: Place where you live: Email: Telephone: Who can recommend you: Diet, allergy etc (Food will be vegan): Suggestion fordiscussion or workshop you could arrange:   Facebook:  VK:  

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