The 20th Congress of IOSOT 1 - 6 August, 2010

Cultural programme

Ms. Jutta Jokiranta, DTh
Congress Secretary
P.O. Box 4
FI−00014 University of Helsinki
E-mail: iosot-2010 AT
phone: +358 9 191 24348

If you have questions concerning registration, accommodation, travel etc, please contact:
TAVI Congress Bureau
Papinkatu 21, FI-33200 Tampere, Finland
Tel. +358 3 233 0400
Fax. +358 3 233 0444

Tuesday 3 August

flowersConcert by Chœur de Barytons at 20:00 in The Old Church

IOSOT 2010 is happy to invite participants to a Concert in the Old Church, see map. Please, register at online registration.

Chœur de Barytons is an unisono-choir which has performed French Masses from the 20th century and Gregorian Chants connected to organ music of the same period. The singers of the ensemble are Markku Turunen, Pauli Kainulainen, Mika Kuivanen, Martti Nissinen and Risto Pulkamo (in this order from the left in the picture below).

Pekka Suikkanen studied Organ performance at the Sibelius Academy with Enzio Forsblom. After recieving his diploma, he gave his debut recital in Finlandia Hall in 1984. He has enriched his studies with master-classes in Spain, Germany and Holland. At present, Suikkanen is the organist of The Old Church in Helsinki, and teaches organ improvisation at the Sibelius Academy.

Ecumenical Reception at 21:30 in the Crypt

Ecumenical Reception will be held in the Crypt of the Helsinki Cathedral, see map. Please, register at online registration.

Reception is hosted by Bishop Wille Riekkinen (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Kuopio), Metropolitan Ambrosius (Finnish Orthodox Church), Bishop Teemu Sippo (Catholic Church in Finland) and Leader of the Congregation (emeritus) Valtter Luoto (Pentecostal Congregation Saalem in Helsinki).

Art Exhibition in the Crypt

In August 2010, visitors may also enjoy an art exhibition in the Crypt by Maarit Kolsi. Kolsi is an artist and a student of theology. She has studied theology for four years at the University of Helsinki and majors in the Hebrew Bible.


Kolsi has educated herself in painting for fifteen years. At the beginning of her career, she mostly painted portraits. Throughout the years her variety of themes and styles have expanded, a good example of which is this present exhibition. Kolsi is a member of Suomen Taiteilijat ry (Finnish Artists). The exhibition in the Crypt has been inspired by several Hebrew Bible themes as well as the world of the Ancient Near East. ”I have always admired the biblical themes of the Great Masters, but I have not wanted to imitate them. Rather, the style of the paintings comes from our present day. I have sought to be loyal to the sources, although I have taken some artistic liberties.”