Suomussalmi municipality is located in the northern part of Kainuu region, bordering Russia. Known for its pristine nature, strong cultural sector and history. Raate village in Suomussalmi was the setting of decisive battles during the Winter War in 1940.
Hossa national park in the farthest corner of the municipality invites you to experience both its gentle and mystical side. The beauty of the easily negotiable paths amid the pine trees leading from one ridge to the next and the crystal-clear waters are a joy to behold. The landscape’s mysticism derives from the ancient paintings of Värikallio and the monumental canyon lake Julma-Ölkky.
Supporting the distinctive culture of the region and developing the area of Hossa national park are priorities for Suomussalmi municipality.
Our Literary Tourism Plans:
Development and piloting a storytelling boot camp in the area of Hossa national park, bringing 10-12 writers from literature, theatre and movie industries in for 5 days in 2021. If found feasible, this will be continued as an annual event.
The boot camp will combine a traditional residency model with new ways of working, possibly creating novel, cross-sectoral development ideas and networks and interesting story lines. It will be about creating new contents at the international, creative writing camp for professional writers, but also about interactive public events, that will inspire and help new writers.
The public events include a storytelling/ scriptwriting training event, where the participants could discuss their own scripts with professionals and a bonfire event where a famous writer will tell about his/ her writing process. The open events will be broadcasted online.
- Read more at: suomussalmi.fi and http://hossa.fi
- Read more about the great writer of Suomussalmi, Ilmari Kianto: http://kianto.org. Cruises from Suomussalmi centre to Lake Kiantajärvi and to Turjanlinna (the home of author Ilmari Kianto) available at summertime.
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