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Helsinki Morrisers


Recent Morris Actions

Tallin Royalty Show June 2011

On the ice

England Tour

Night of the Arts 8/05

Bath/Sidmouth UK Weekend visit 2005

Arctic Morris 2001

Arctic Ale 2004

Rääkylä Festival 2001

Kallio Flower Festival May 2003

Stockholm Arctic Meeting 2003

Arctic Morris in Tallin 2005

The Helsinki Morrisers are a thoroughly mixed(up)Morris Dance side started in 1995 in downtown Annankatu. The first performance took place on a sunny summer evening at the British Embassy, from where the sycamore logo comes.

Since 1996 we have been active members of the Arctic Morris Association along with Eken Morris from Stockholm. The mini Ale (an ancient word fr a gathering of morris dancers!!) held in August 2013 in Helsinki was at least the 13th meeting, and we meet up every year in either Helsinki or Stockholm. See here for pics of the Ale, from Chris Cox of Sarum Morris, Salisbury UK.

For practices we are lucky to be able to use the Finnish-British Society in central Helsinki (Frederikinkatu 20A - p.+3589 68770240) -every first Friday of the month at 6 and and on third Sundays' afternoons. Just come along and meet us if you fancy a go! Over the years local venues have included Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki Railway Station, Kallio Flower Festival, as well as Kaustinen and Rääkylä Music Festivals, and more such as on the ice, or Morris on Ice video

NEXT ACTION It's in Salisbury, UK. June 10th

We will probably still be doing some dances of the same type as we did in 2001(!) at Kuopio Dance Festival

Current styles of dancing include a mix of Border(Shropshire Bedlams), Molly(Ousewash and Gog Magog), Cotswold (via Eken Morris) and Helsinki traditions. See also a short video of Helsinki Morrisers performing in few years ago in St Petersburg.

Six happy faces at the Wimborne Folk Festival in June, taken on the green next to Wimborne Minster. We were dancing there with Sarum Morris, followed by Hunters Moon - the blackened faces and feathers just behind us!


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