During the opening ceremony of Saareke, the programme of the Mynämäki night school was published, and immediately after the ceremony the first class of the night school was held. In the class, Essi Saukko and Jukka Salonen gave a lecture on the topic “What is a Viking?”. In addition, they presented the weapons and suits related to the topic and also demonstrated tablet weaving.
“Giving life to the Viking age has been one of our family’s dearest hobbies for over 10 years. Jukka also studied the life of Viking warriors in his master’s thesis. Essi works at costume maintenance in Turku Castle. She has learned old handiwork techniques for both her work and hobby,” they told.
In total, 53 experts and skilled persons were suggested for the Mynämäki night school, and 12 experts from different fields were selected. The night school is organised in Saareke every other Wednesday, starting on April 25th, between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
During the next six months, the following experts will hold classes in the Mynämäki night school. Essi Saukko and Jukka Salonen (vikings), Sanna Akkanen (zumba), Toni Beckman (vipers and their handling), Kaisa Hilska (animal trainer), Matti Immonen (making of a bath broom), Marjo Jaakkola and Maija Penttilä (landrace chicken), Anita Julin (Finnish language, dialects), Aila Rannikko (traditional fishing), Niina Santio (cancer research and genetics), Raili Selinheimo (spindle spinning), Laura Varjo and Jarmo Kankaanranta (group singing), and Kirsti Vuorinen (straw mobile).
The evenings are led by Sanna Vainionpää and Leena Kela. Sanna Vainionpää is an artist and teacher local to Mynämäki. During the series of evening classes, she will examine the cooperative learning of people of different age groups through the techniques of community art. Leena Kela is the Executive Director of Saari Residence and a performance artist.
The events are free and open for everyone.
Programme of the Mynämäki night school:
25 April Essi Saukko and Jukka Salonen
9 May Toni Beckman
23 May Marjo Jaakkola and Maija Penttilä
6 June Laura Varjo and Jarmo Kankaanranta
20 June Matti Immonen
Making of a bath broom
4 July Raili Selinheimo
18 July Niina Santio
Cancer research and genetics
1 August Aila Rannikko
15 August Sanna Akkanen
29 August Anita Julin
Finnish language, dialects
12 September Kirsti Vuorinen
26 September Kaisa Hilska
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