Julian Caddy from Brighton Fringe and the artist Ilona Valkonen celebrated the unveiling of Treecycle on 17 November. Photo: Sara Forsius

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe said, “Finland, just like Brighton Fringe, has a reputation for doing things from a refreshingly different perspective, there is more to things than meets the eye.  This tree, whilst inspiring festive joy, also has an important message too and we would like to thank Ilona Valkonen, the Finnish Institute and all our other partners for this project for their time to put this all together.  This project heralds the start of our partnership with Finland for 2018 and we just can’t wait.” A festive celebration marking the centenary of Finnish independence will be held around the decorated tree on the 6th of December. There will be a group singing Christmas carols at the event, Finnish cakes and non-alcoholic Glöggi to keep everyone warm, and an appearance from Santa, all the way from Lapland in Finland. The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Mo Marsh, will also be attending and making a speech. Find more information about the event here. Learn more about the Brighton Fringe Finnish season at seasons.brightonfringe.org. Theme photo: Sara Forsius