Finnish Special Events


This page highlights Finnish cultural events at the hall.
For rental availability, please visit the page of the room you are interested in, located under the "RENTALS" tab, and check the availability calendar for that space.



Come celebrate one hundred years of independence at the
Sunday, December 3, 2017
4:00 pm

$40 advance, students $25, kids under 12 free, $50 at the door
Purchase advance tickets by Nov 25

Featuring :
Ismo Alanko, solo concert
3 Course Dinner /Champagen Toast / No Host Bar
Music by: Heikki Koskinen, Kati Pienimäki Schenker,
Jari Suomalainen, Rent Romus

4:00 pm
Featured speakers: Michel Wendell, Honorary Consul of Finland and Sirpa Tuomainen
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Ismo Alanko has been a significant part of the Finnish music scene since 1980. He started his career as the lead singer in bands like Hassisen Kone and Sielun Veljet. During the 1990s he transformed into a successful solo artist, playing together with various musicians covering multiple styles from rock to ethnic music. Ismo's successful career spanning over 35 years includes over 650 000 records sold, Emma prizes and numerous sold out tours with many different groups. Recently Ismo Alanko has released a solo album and is performing his award winning multi decade song portfolio as a one man band.




Local musicians Heikki Koskinen, Kati Pienimäki Schenker, Jari Suomalainen & Rent Romus have been performing Finnish music in various Bay Area celebrations for many years. At the Finland 100 Gala they will perform the national anthems, music by Jean Sibelius, including Finlandia and a feature song.


The Finnish Hall in Berkeley invites you and your members and friends to join us at the Bay Area Finnish-American Community to enjoy a matinee concert by Viipurin Lauluveikot, the Singing Fellows of Viipuri choir from Finland at the Finnish Hall in Berkeley, 1970 Chestnut St @ University Ave on September 3, @3pm. After the concert there is a reception with refreshments, coffee and Finnish pulla (sweetbread).

This year, 2017, is the Centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence on December 6, 1917. Viipurin Lauluveikot was founded 120 years ago in Viipuri (since 1945 known as Vyborg, Russia), then the third largest and most cosmopolitan city in the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in the Czarist Russian Empire. As a result of World War II, Viipuri and the eastern part of Carelia was ceded to the Soviet Union in 1944. The choir relocated to Helsinki, Finland.

Presently, the male choir comprises 70 active, and 30 veteran singers. It performs works mostly by Finnish composers and especially songs about lost Viipuri and Carelia. The link below opens up a list of their recordings:  

Ticket sales: You can buy tickets ($20.00 donation) in advance from the website Electronic payment only, no checks. By mail: Send a check to Finlandia Foundation Suomi, P.O.Box 2544, Bellingham, WA 98227. Tickets will also be available at the door.

All parking is free on Sundays and there is a nearby parking lot at Addison/Browning behind the Berkeley Unified School District Building.

Performing Arts Salon
Friday May 20th at 8PM
in the upstairs Meeting Room!

With new work by:

Karla Quintero
Andy Strain
Rosemary Hannon
with Mindy Zarem
and Diana Lara

Join us for works in progress, experiments, and improvisation. Feedback, discourse, hangout. Performance, discussion, mingling!

Spring 2017 Residents

Randy & Gabe join forces to bring us Pu$$y Pop for Jesus / Ballsacrilegious,  a tongue-in-cheek spin-off on traditional Sunday Services that intends to queer the memory-space-time of “Sunday mornings” by disseminating spiritual and non-spiritual texts, building queer spiritual ecologies, warm-up/praise and Serwoman sermon/intention-setting, yoga, dance improvisation, and shaking our @$$es to celebrate our individual and collective resilience.

*** PUBLIC SHARING the evening of June 18! ***


Rent Romus Life's Blood Ensemble
April 29, 2017

Easter Cheapster Jam
April 14th - 17th 2017

Axis Syllabus/ Movement Artisans
with Kira Kirsch and Antoine Ragot
July 7-10 2016

RASANBLE! Haitian Arts & Culture Festival
July 22 - 24 2016

Northern Winds & Voices
Concert and Springtime Festival
May 7 at 4PM

Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations
a new dance performance
by Rosemary Hannon
and Miriam Wolodarski
April 29 & 30 2016

Axis Syllabus Workshop
with Kevin O'Connor and Kelly Keenan
April 29 - May 2

Axis Syllabus Intensive
with Frey Faust and Francesca Pedulla
March 7 - 13th 2016

Fall Hall Jam
a focused and affordable weekend of Contact Improvisation
October 28th - 30th

Halloween Time Travelers Ball
Oakland Intergroup Alcohol Free Party
October 31

SALTA Dance Collective
Wednesday October 28th
Show at 8:30PM

Swing Dance
October 17th
starts at 7pm

VîV Soft Open
October 2nd
Show at 8PM

 Frey Faust,  Axis Syllabus Originator

Frey Faust, Axis Syllabus Originator

 Rosemary Hannon and Miriam Wolodarski in   Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations

Rosemary Hannon and Miriam Wolodarski in
Crane & Crocodile 2.1: Domestic Interrogations

  Contact Improvisation Weekend Jam

Contact Improvisation Weekend Jam