Folk & World

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales From Finland

Part of World on the Brink

Travel to the extremes of the Finnish landscape as a storyteller and musicians bring 2000 year-old stories to life. Immerse yourself in authentic creation myths, tales of Finland’s illustrious heroes and journey with them to the dark river of the underworld.

Be transported by songs, adventures and the stories of Kalevala – Finland’s national epic and cultural treasure – the equivalent of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey or the old English Beowulf.

Leading UK storyteller Nick Hennessey and three virtuoso Finnish musicians revitalise these ancient stories with a touch of offbeat fun, enchantment and evocative music that moves between dancing flutes, infectious rhythms and hauntingly beautiful sung melodies.

From the mythic creation of the sky and earth, to the forging of the Sampo – a mystical object which brings infinite bounty – to seduction spells and a mother’s love for her son; Fire in the North Sky combines epic feats of heroes like Väinämöinen and Lemminkäinen with very human stories of love, loss and longing. Experience Kalevala returned to its oral roots in this dynamic, intimate and surprising performance.

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland is a brand new show from Adverse Camber productions – one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies. It is a rare opportunity to hear stories from Kalevala performed live and to experience the absolute pinnacle of Finnish contemporary folk music.

Commissioned in association with mac birmingham and Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival with support from Sage Gateshead

Nick Hennessey storyteller, vocals
Anna-Kaisa Liedes vocals
Kristiina Ilmonen wind instruments, percussion, vocals
Timo Väänänen kantele, pyngyr, vocals

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Adult £15 Child £7.50
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
Adult £15 Child £7.50


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Age recommendation

For ages 12+