Helsinki Morrisers


Relatively Recent Morris Action

Pakila Summer 2020

Salisbury 2016

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 for 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 still 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 every third Sunday at noon. 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 photo, or Morris on Ice video and from Saint Petersburg this!

NEXT ACTION Well, you've missed the Arctic Ale (see below) but there's a chance of a surprise summer outing - otherwise probably it's the Night of the Arts, Helsinki on August 18

We will probably still be doing some dances of the same type as we did a while ago 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. Here's a short video of us performing our own Sibelius dance in Wimborne a few summers ago..

Below - HM'ers at the 18th, or maybe 19th, Arctic Ale, this year in Stockholm - with hosts Eken Morris and Venzl Border Morris from Sweden and visitors from Black Dragon, Horsham UK

The Webmaster is a Morris Dancer too