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Finnish TV personality attending Friday’s St. Urho’s/St. Patrick’s Day Dance

March 16, 2017

Finnish TV personality Antti Holma was looking to produce a show about Finnish-American culture, and he knew exactly where to go.

Antti Holma FinnUThat’s why he and his film crew came to the Copper Country, and that’s why they’ll be at the St. Urho’s/St. Patrick’s Day Dance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. They’ll be there to see the old-time area tradition of dance enjoyed by the not only those who’ve been dancing for decades, but also dozens of area young people.

The dance is a fundraiser for the Kivajat Dancers, who are now more than 50 members strong spread over three groups. For only $5 per person, people will get a chance to not only enjoy a night of music and dance, but also a chance to meet an up-and-coming TV star from Finland.

Holma, a 34-year-old Helsinki native, gained popularity after appearing on the 2014 season of the Finnish sketch comedy show “Putous.” That same year, he released his debut novel, titled “Järjestäjä,” and followed that with a book of poetry, “Kauheimmat runot” in 2015. He has also appeared in four feature-length Finnish movies, and several television series.

During this time at the dance on Friday, Holma is eager to enjoy a first-hand experience with the Copper Country locals, including a full-fledged immersion into Finnish-American culture; among other things, Holma intends to try out the Finnish Theme Committee’s official St. Urho costume and ensure the dance is grasshopper-free, surely in the humorous style that has made him a hit in his native country.

For more information about this unique opportunity to enjoy both contemporary Finnish and traditional Finnish-American culture, call (906) 487-7302.

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