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Irina Björklund and Haikus for Humanity


10.02.2023 | 18:00

Turku Concert Hall



Irina Björklund, vocals
Jussi Jaakonaho – guitar
Miikka Paatelainen – guitar
Jukka Kiviniemi – bass
Mamba Assefa – percussions
Janne Haavisto – drums

Tickets 25 | 23 | 15 €

Duration 2 h, 1 intermission

How can we make a contribution to the history of our planet and to humanity in our everyday lives? In September 2022, Irina Björklund published a book entitled Haikuja ihmiskunnalle [Haikus for Humanity, Viisas Elämä 2022]. It is a response to Sir David Attenborough’s eye-opener, One Planet, One Life, which changed Björklund’s life and made her mindful of her personal responsibility for our planet and for humanity. The concert features musical extracts from the book, released on the eco-disc Plant a Seed, and songs on the theme of peace from the disc Barely Ann-Mari.

After the concert (at 20.00), author Irina Björklund and photographer Janne Haavisto attend a book sale and signing session and discuss the themes of the book on stage at the Concert Hall with Member of Parliament Saara-Sofia Sirén, Chair of the Turku Music Festival Foundation. Concert tickets include admission to the discussion, which lasts about 30 minutes.

Proceeds from sales of the book and the disc are contributed to the Finnish Natural Heritage Foundation and go towards planting trees through One Tree Planted. Proceeds from sales of the disc Barely Ann-Mari go towards the international peace efforts of the CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation.