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Address:1636 R Street Northwest, Washington, DC.

The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle, red line

AFI European Union Film Showcase: Maria’s Paradise (Marian Paratiisi)

DIR Zaida Bergroth; SCR Jan Forsström, Anna Viitala; PROD Daniel Kuitunen, Kaisla Viitala. Finland/Estonia, 2019, color, 110 min.

In Finnish with English subtitles


December 5, 7, 8  For times and tickets, go to AFI website,

In this chilling tale based on a real-life scandal from 1920s Finland, charismatic cult leader Maria Åkerblom leads her devout followers to Helsinki. Among them is the adoring teenager Salome, who was orphaned at a young age and knows nothing of life outside her community in their rural farmhouse. When Salome befriends local sex worker Malin, her worldview is challenged, and she is torn between the promise of newfound freedom and Maria's dangerous, all-consuming love.

Official Selection, 2019 Toronto, Helsinki and Chicago film festivals.

(Note adapted from LevelK/AFI)

Address: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD.  Closest Metro station – Red Line

Event: Christmas Celebration

FFNCC, SuomiKoulu DC, Kipinä Kerho invite you to celebrate Finnish Christmas traditions with Santa!

December 21st, Saturday, 11am - 1pm

Location: The Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church

Free event


Program includes ...

performances by SuomiKoulu DC children, 

singing Finnish Christmas carols,

traditional Finnish Christmas porridge,

coffee with spice cake and cookies,

Finnish book and candy sales,

and much more, for instance, Joulupukki for the children.

Come and celebrate Christmas with all of us!


Please bring a gift labeled with your child’s name

for Santa to give to your child


The Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 6201 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA  

Closest Metro stop is East Falls Church

​Event: Finnish Christmas Bazaar organized by Finn Spark (Kipinä Kerho)

November 23th, Saturday, 11am - 3pm

Location: River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD


​Event:  FFNCC Book Talk by author John Simon; Strangers in a Stranger Land

November 5th, Tuesday, 7pm

Location: Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

Tickets: Free

Selected as a finalist for 2017 History Book of the Year in Finland, recently published in English by Hamilton Books. The first Jews arrived in Finland in the mid-19th century when the nation, then part of imperial Russia, was only taking shape. One hundred years later, during World War II, 260,000 German soldiers arrived in Finland. The Nazis murdered millions of Jews around Europe, but in Finland  Finnish Jews fought as part of the Finnish army alongside Germans against the Soviet Union. Not a single one was harmed by their Nazi brothers-in-arms. A field synagogue functioned on the front line, and several openly Jewish soldiers were even awarded the German iron cross. This happened nowhere else. How was it possible in Finland

(Summary source: Scandinavian Cultural Center website)

Mahdoton Sota (Strangers in a Stranger Land) How One Country’s Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops…and Survived)


Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library is located at

4450 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 2016. - TENLEYTOWN-AU METRO STATION -

​Event:  FFNCC Concert by Lily Neill at Faith Lutheran Church

-- Please enter the church social hall through the Jackson St. door --

October 25th, Friday, 7:30pm


Acclaimed harpist Lily Neill returns to the DC area for a special, one-off performance!


Lily has performed all over the world, and this concert will highlight her love of the music of Finland, where she lived while a student studying at the prestigious Sibelius Academy.


Listeners can expect to hear a dynamic performance, featuring Lily's original compositions, Finnish tangos, traditional 19th century dance music from Finland's western coast, and an array of material from Lily's travels across the globe!

Tickets:  Free will donation at the door: Suggested amount: $20/person, children free. Payment by cash or member checks, no electronic payments.

Faith Lutheran Church is located at 3313 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA

(Corner of Rte. 50 and N. Jackson St.)

​Event:  FFNCC Saunailta and Pot Luck Dinner at the Embassy of Finland

October 18th, Friday, 6 – 10 PM 

Doors open at 5:45 PM 

Tickets: FFNCC Members $25/person; Non-members $35/person

Advance registration and payment required by COB Tuesday, October 15

Space is limited!

Read about Finland's sauna culture

Please bring:
1. your own towel, and
2. a side dish to share.


FFNCC will provide the saunamakkara (sausage), dessert, and drinks.

Sauna Emojis.jpg

Men's Sauna

at 7 and 9 PM

Women's Sauna

at 6 and 8 PM

The Embassy of Finland is located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle, red line.

EUROBEATS Festival at Union Stage, Washington, DC

​Friday, September 27 – Saturday, September 28, 6 PM– 1:35 AM


The festival features 10 European electronic musicians from 10 countries, including Finnish performer Samuli Kemppi on September 27.


“EUROBEATS spotlights musicians at the cutting-edge of electronic music – artists making waves in Europe and performing their best sets to entertain, engage, and inspire new generations.”  Sarka Vamberova, President, European Union National Institutes for Culture, Washington, DC


Tickets are free, but RSVP is required.

Program details and information on how to register, can be found on


Address: Union Stage, 740 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC.   Closest Metro stop – Waterfront, Green Line



September 19-22 in Detroit


FinnFest is an exciting, educational annual festival celebrating the legacy and future of Finnish America and Finland. During the day, attendees have many continuing education opportunities. The evenings are filled with concerts, theater, films, and social dances.


Program details and information on how to register, can be found on the FinnFest USA website,

Event: Cooking Demonstration and Dinner with Chéf Mikko

at the Mikko Nordic Fine Food

September 9th, Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Space is limited to 20 persons.

Tickets: $40/person

Payment (credit card only) will be made at Chef Mikko’s.

​Ticket per person includes welcome drink, canapés, cooking demonstration and 3 course dinner.  Beverage for the dinner can be purchased from the wine, beer and soda menu.

​Note: if you register and then cancel after the registration deadline and we are unable to fill your space with someone from the wait list, you are expected to pay even if you don’t attend.


Mikko Nordic Fine Food

is located at 1636 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. 

The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle Metro, red line.


  • Mushroom soup with an assortment of breads

  • Cabbage casserole with lingonberry jam

  • Puolukka vispipuuro (very Finnish, come and find out)



 6:30 – 7:00 PM Meet and greet – welcome drink and Nordic Canapés

 7:00 - 7:30 PM Demo by Chef Mikko

 7:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner/tasting the food

~8:30 PM – Event ends

Event: Finnish Your Dinner


August 8th, Thursday

Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky was first organized on 12th June 2013 in Pohjoisesplanadi, Helsinki as a part of the city’s birthday, Helsinki Day. The street was closed to traffic and a table for a thousand people was set. People set their own dinners on these tables and enjoyed each other’s company and laughter long into the night. The free event had 700 places, which were booked in two minutes. Click here to see Dinner Under the Sky Gallery.

Today we celebrate the Dinner Under the Finnish Sky  (Illallinen Suomen taivaan alla) / Finnish your dinner all over the world.

Regardless where you are, Finnish Your Dinner invites everyone to dine under the same sky. Invite anyone you like or join others who have set up a dinner!


Announce your own dinner or sign up for a stranger's dinner go to:

(Text from Illallinen Suomen taivaan alla Website)

ISMO, Last Call With Carson Daly and Conan at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Arlington, VA

August 8th, Thursday - 10th, Saturday   

Tickets $20   For tickets and show times go to: or

Theater admission 21 or over unless accompanied by parent/guardian before 9PM - 21 or older after 9PM

ISMO, Ismo Leikola, started his comedy career in 2002 in his home country of Finland; becoming one of the top performing comedians in the country today. There, ISMO wrote and starred in 2 seasons of his own sitcom, ISMO. He filmed four DVD specials from 2008 to 2016, and has sold-out numerous concert halls and theaters across the UK and Finland. The comedian has also performed to sold-out crowds across the world including: US, Canada, Australia, England, Scotland, Faroe Island, Denmark and Iceland.

ISMO made his US debut in 2014 at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood where he won the title of “The Funniest Person in the World.”  In December 2015, he relocated to Los Angeles from Finland, and now performs regularly at the clubs in LA along with headlining across the US. He has appeared on national television; NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, and became the first Finnish Comedian to perform on Conan in 2018.

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Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is loacted at 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204 For Direction, parking, and metro click here

​Midsummer Celebration with the Washington Scandinavia Community

June 29th, Saturday, 3 - 6 PM, Carderock Picnic Pavilion, MD

Midsommar/Juhannus Celebration and Potluck Dinner hosted by Drott Lodge, American Scandinavian Association, Swedish Womens Educational Association, and Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter.


For more information and to open the flyer, click here

FF Baltimore Chapter Celebration Summer Beach Party, Lake Linganore

June 8th, Saturday, 1 - 5 PM

Join to the Finlandia Foundation Baltimore Chapter at their annual beach party. For more information and to open the flyer, click here

Limit of 40 guests!

Contact Yolanda de Pardo-Slack for any questions and to RSPV: / 410-215-9344

Lake Linganore is located at 6718 Coldstream Drive, New Market, MD 21774.

The location is about 40 minutes from Baltimore City just before Frederick.

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos

May 28th, Tuesday, 8:00 PM, Lincoln Theater

Tickets: $40/person  For tickets go to:

Four cellistsEicca ToppinenPaavo LötjönenMax Lilja, and Antero Manninen formed Apocalyptica in 1993 while studying classical music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. 


Their debut recording, “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos” released in 1996, consisted of “covers” of the music of Metallica, an American heavy metal band, played on acoustical cellos. Since then Apocalyptica has released 7 additional studio albums that include original instrumental and vocal works.


Here are a few places American audiences have encountered Apocalyptica:

October 2008 - The band made its American television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly with a performance of "I Don't Care".


March 2009 - The song "I Don't Care" was featured in the 16th episode of Season 8 of the TV series Smallville.


December 2014 – The band made the music for the episode “On Finn Ice” of the game Angry Birds Seasons.

The Embassy of Finland is participating in the 2019 EU Open House Day.

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the Washington public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. This annual event is the highlight of the Washington spring calendar and will be celebrated on May 11th, 2019.

Each embassy will open their doors to the public from 10 am until 4 pm, offering a rare look inside the buildings. The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.

(Source: Text taken from the EU website)


FFNCC Vappu Celebration

May 5th, Sunday, Noon-4 PM, Lyon Park Community House in Arlington VA

Tickets: $20/Adult; Free/children under 12 accompanied by an adult

Finnish Vappu traditions are unique and varied. Part spring welcome, part religious tradition, part workers’ day, and part student celebration.


Come hear about the history of Vappu and participate in its traditions with food, dancing, and fun.


Have a white student cap? Have a different academic hat? Please wear it!

Planned activities:
Noon – 1:30 PM Finnish-style buffet meal
1:30 – 1:45 PM Dance demonstration by the Nordic Dancers
1:45 – 4 PM Dancing to live music
1:45 – 2:30-ish Grand March and dances appropriate for children and adults
2:30 – 3:30 Dancing for adults
3:30 – 4:00 Tango lesson (if sufficient interest) otherwise Dancing for adults continues
2:30 – 3:30 PM Indoor activity for children if inclement weather


- Finnish candy sale to benefit Suomikoulu (Children’s Finnish Language School)

- Vintage Arabia and other Finnish items to benefit FFNCC

The Lyon Park Community House and 3-acre private park with playground are located at 414 N. Fillmore Street; Arlington, VA 22201. The closest Metro station is Clarendon, Orange/Silver lines (3/4 mile walk), and on the WMATA 4B bus line from Rosslyn, Orange/Silver/Blue lines. There is free on-street parking.

Film Fest DC Movie Presentation:  One Last Deal (Tuntematon mestari)

Director: Klaus Härö Finland, 2018, 95 minutes, Color, in Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles

April 28th, Sunday, 8:15 PM & May 1st, Wednesday, 8:30 PM, AMC Mazza Gallerie

Tickets: $14/person   In advance until noon on the day of the show via
Additional tickets are sold at the theater starting one hour before the first show, even when tickets are sold out online.


FFNCC Lecture: “On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland during the Cold War” by James Ford Cooper

April 24th, Wednesday, 5-6:30 PM, Library of Congress Whittall Pavilion (Thomas Jefferson Building, ground floor)

Free / No registration


In his presentation, diplomat and author, James Ford Cooper will discuss the different perspectives and geopolitical and historical factors that informed the manners in which Finland and the U.S. related to the 45-year period from the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

James Ford Cooper spent a long career in the U.S. Foreign Service, with two postings at the American Embassy in Helsinki during the Cold War: from 1976-79 as Political Counselor and 1984-86 as Deputy Chief of Mission. His memoir of his life and work in Finland, On the Finland Watch (1999), is based on those years of observation and analysis. He is the current Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year.

Note about entering the Thomas Jefferson Building – Please use the “Carriage Entrance” door. This is the one UNDER the arch. It is on the ground floor where the Whittall Pavilion is. After you go through security, walk towards the Information Desk and go down the corridor on the left.

There is a significant amount of walking to get into the building and once you are in the building, so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes!

If you need ASL and/or ADA accommodation,

please contact the Library of Congress at least five days in advance by calling (202) 707-6362 or

The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is located at Independence and 1st Street, NE, Washington DC. The closest Metro station is Capital South, Blue/Orange/Silver line.

FLSA Movie Night:  Laveata tietä (The Wide Road)

B&W Silent Film with subtitles in Finnish and English
March 29th, Friday, 8 PM, Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, VA
Cost: Free will offering


Teuvo Tulio, “Finland’s Rudolph Valentino,” stars as violinist Anton Lardozo in this romantic drama from 1931. Lardozo has been living the high life in Europe in the roaring 20’s, and using his fame and charms to seduce women along the way. But when he runs off with the wife of a rich and influential manager, it’s time for revenge!

Don’t miss this unique look at the high society, dance, music and intrigue of 1920s Finland, with live musical accompaniment!

The live music will be performed on the organ at Resurrection Lutheran Church by Kent "Aarne" Washburn.  Kent began playing piano at age 9 and organ at age 14.  He is currently the organist at Arlington Memorial Baptist Church.  Kent enjoys playing piano and organ at Finnish heritage events, and studies Finnish at Arlington’s Finnish Language School which meets at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

FLSA is The Finnish Language School Association.


Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 6201 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205. There is ample street parking. The closest metro station is East Falls Church, orange/silver line.

FFNCC Kalevala Day Event at the Embassy of Finland

March 14th, Thursday, 6:30 – 10:00 PM  - Business attire -

Tickets: FFNCC Members $45/person; Non-members $50/person

Finlandia Foundation National Capital Chapter is pleased to present an evening exploring the Kalevala.

The Finnish Ambassador, Her Excellency Kirsti Kauppi, has graciously agreed to be the patroness for the event.

The poems of the Kalevala are thought to be ancient. They have inspired great art including paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and music by Jean Sibelius, during the blooming of Finnish cultural identity. 


Is this static and never changing? 


What do all these towns have in common?

Join us to find out!

Come enjoy an evening exploring this in Finnish folk tunes with a jazzy twist played by saxophonist Juli Wood, the Performer of the Year of the Finlandia Foundation National, and poems from the Kalevala and the Kanteletar recited by our own member Seija Cleverley.


Light Finnish fare & Open bar & “Pulla Table”, a silent auction of Finnish baked goods.

Find more about:

Event: Cooking Demonstration and Dinner at the Mikko Nordic Fine Food

February 18th, Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Advance registration and payment is required by Thursday February 14, 2019

But we suggest that you don’t wait! We expect that tickets to this event will sell out early! Space is limited to 18 persons


Tickets: $40/person

Our first Cooking Demonstration and Dinner with Chef Mikko in September was such a success that we are repeating this event, now with a typical Finnish mid-winter menu!


  • Blini with two kinds of toppings

    (smoked salmon tartar and mushroom salad/smoked duck tartar)

  • Traditional Pea Soup

  • Laskiaispulla (pre-Lent Pulla)

6:30 – 7:00 PM Meet and greet - welcome drink and Nordic Canapés
7:00 - 7:30 PM Demo by Chef Mikko
7:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner/tasting the food
8:30  – Event ends


Mikko Nordic Fine Food is located at 1636 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle Metro, red line.


Ticket per person includes welcome drink, canapés, cooking demonstration and 3 course dinner. 

Beverage for the dinner can be purchased from the wine, beer and soda menu.

Are you feeling cold?


If so, please join us for a sauna and dinner

at the Embassy of Finland!

Sauna Emojis.jpg

​Event:  Saunailta at the Embassy of Finland

January 25th, Friday, 6 – 10 PM  Doors open at 5:45 PM

Advance registration and payment required COB Monday, January 21, 2019

Space is limited to 50 persons                     

Tickets: FFNCC Members $25/person; Non-members $35/person


Please bring:
1. your own towel, and
2. a side dish to share.


FFNCC will provide the saunamakkara (sausage), dessert, and drinks.

The Embassy of Finland is located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle, red line.

Read about Finland's sauna culture

Men's Sauna

at 7 and 9 PM

Women's Sauna

at 6 and 8 PM

American-Scandinavian Association (ASA) Meeting at St. John’s Episcopal Church - January 21, 2019

Lecture: “Finnish Sauna Culture is Blooming in Both Helsinki and Washington DC”   

“Finnish Sauna Culture is Blooming in Both Helsinki and Washington DC” is the topic to be discussed by Helena Liikanen-Renger, Press Counselor of the Embassy of Finland at the January 2019 ASA meeting. One of her many tasks at the Embassy is to host the famous Diplomatic Sauna Society.


​ASA Meetings are held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue (at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley Blvd.), Chevy Chase MD 20815.

The Phillips Collection - Through January 13, 2019

Event: Nordic Impressions Exhibit

Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism. The exhibition pays tribute to the artistic excellence of Nordic painters from the Golden Age and Romantic era (Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Helene Schjerfbeck), follows the artists who balanced nationalism and French influence (Franciska Clausen and Helmer Osslund), explores the influx of experimental and conceptual art (Sigurður Guðmundsson and Poul Gernes), and considers the international platform of artists of today (Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Hrafnhildur Aranardóttir / Shoplifter). Nordic Impressions demonstrates how Nordic artists have inspired each other across national boundaries while honoring deeply rooted cultural traditions. (Text from The Phillips Collection website.)

The Phillips Gallery is located at 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. The closest Metro station is the Dupont Circle Metro, Q Street Exit red line.


Hillwood Museum
Event: Guided tour of Fabergé Rediscovered exhibit and the Hillwood Mansion

January 5, 2019, Saturday, 11:45 AM
Advance registration by December 28, 2018 required. 

Space is limited to 10 people minimum and 20 people maximum.

Tickets $20/person

A Finn, Henrik Emmanuel Wigström, was the head workmaster at the House of Fabergé from 1903 – 1917.  As head workmaster he supervised the production process. What does this encompass?  How did he shape the works whose production he supervised? Five other Finns were workmasters at the House of Fabergé, and produced some of the famous eggs.  What are their contributions? How is their work identified? These and other facts will be discussed during our docent-led guided tour of the  
Fabergé Rediscovered exhibit.

Treasures created by the firm of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Featuring over 100 objects, Fabergé Rediscovered will unveil new discoveries relating to Hillwood’s own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works, highlighting new attributions and provenances and providing a new framework to study and understand 19th- and 20th-century jewelry and goldsmithing. The special exhibition will display the greatest examples from Hillwood’s Fabergé collection, left by Marjorie Merriweather Post for the benefit of future generations, along with important loans from other museums and private collections. (Text from the Hillwood website.)

FFNCC Members will have a docent-led tour of the Fabergé Rediscovered Exhibit followed by a docent-led tour of the Hillwood Mansion.  This tour requires significant walking and standing.

11:45 AM  Arrive to the Visitors’ Center (arrive before 11:30 if you want to view the 15 minute introductory film

Noon        Docent-led of the exhibit (approximately 45 minutes)

Break –     Coffee and snacks (not included in the price) at the Hillwood Express Café  (outdoor seating)

1:30 PM    Docent-led tour of Hillwood Mansion (approximately 1 hour)


Hillwood is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008

Mikko Nordic Fine Food

Event: Mikko Christmas Market and Bazaar

Tuesday, December 11th, 2-10pm, and

Sunday, December 16th, 4-8pm.

Join us and get a head start on your holiday shopping! Mikko will be host an outdoor Christmas Bazaar. We will be selling Nordic candies, chocolates, new Moomin products, fresh baked Karelian pastries (Piirakka), pulla, rye bread, homemade cookies, cakes, and more! Come join us on our patio. Stay warm under our heaters with blankets with a mug of the white or red Glögg.


Final Holiday Orders

December 16th

The 16th is the final day to place your holiday dinner orders for Christmas and New Year parties. If you wish to place a catering or holiday dinner order, please contact


Mikko Nordic Fine Food is located at 1636 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. 

The closest Metro station is the Dupont Circle Metro, red line.


The Phillips Collection "Phillips after 5"

Event: Nordic Film Series – Finland, Wonderland

Thursday, December 13th, 6 PM

In connection with the Nordic Impressions exhibit, The Phillips is showing the film Wonderland at its Thursdays after 5 event.  Following the film there will be a Finnish-themed reception, organized by the Collection.

Wonderland is directed by Inari Niemi and includes the cast named above the picture in red. This Finnish film follows Helena, recently divorced, as she spends Christmas on her own. She decides to take her friend up on an offer to spend Christmas on a Finnish farm. The hosting couple that owns the farm turns out to have left their jobs in the city and have chosen to lead a green lifestyle

Tickets $12; $10 seniors (age 62 and older) and students

This film is open to general public. No reservation is needed, but it is advisable to buy tickets in advance by visiting the Phillips Collection website After having entered the website, choose Events; All events; Wonderland on December 13; Buy Tickets.

December 9 &10, 2018       

Euthanizer movie at AFI Silver Theater

December 6, 2018             

Nordic Holiday event at The Phillips Collection

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