Welcome to a Cuneiform writing workshop at the Finnish-Syrian Friendship association (SSYS) in Espoo!

The workshop takes place on Thursday 11th of August from 6-8 pm, in Kutojantie 3, Espoo.

Get to know cuneiform! Come and try one of the oldest writing systems in the world, cuneiform. Cuneiform, originating around 3000 BC in Mesopotamia, was widely used in the Near East for centuries. In this hands-on workshop, you can write on clay in the manner of ancient Sumerians and Babylonians. The workshop is suitable for all ages!

It is given by MA Aino Haavisto. Aino has studied assyriology (study of ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform languages and cultures), various other languages, computer science, and mathematics at the University of Helsinki. Living history through practicing cuneiform writing on clay and teaching this ancient handcraft is one of her hobbies.

This workshop is co-organized by the project Making Home abroad, the Finnish-Syrian Friendship association, and University of Helsinki’s CoE Ancient Near Eastern Empires.

Welcome to Baytuna’s interactive children’s story time workshop! 

Friday the 5th of August from 4 to 6 pm at the National Museum of Finland, inside the Baytuna Pop-up exhibition, Ateljee, 2nd floor. Free admission. 

The workshop aims to advocate the Arabic language and literature to Arabic-speaking families and any family interested in learning! Our active listening session runs from 4.30 to 5.30 pm. Listeners, big and small, can ask questions and share their thoughts. The stories are best suited for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Older siblings are welcome and will be offered suitable activities by our staff. Parents are encouraged to pick up any of the available books if they feel their child is distracted. The workshop is designed to feel comfortable, free, and inviting. We look forward to seeing you there! 

The workshop is given by Meri Helmi Särkkä. Meri is a multidisciplinary fine artist from Bahrain whose work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. Mother of two, and passionate about children’s literature, she is keen to promote new literary trends from the Arabic-speaking world to families living in Finland.

When the workshop is over, or before it starts, you can climb up to the 3rd floor with the kids and visit the “Exploring the Ancient Near East” Exhibition. 

Opening of our Baytuna Pop-up exhibition in the National Museum of Finland!  

We are glad to announce that Baytuna will be visiting the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, from Tuesday 2nd of August to Sunday 7th of August 2022. Come and visit us in the bright and airy Ateljee space, on the 2nd floor. We are open to the public from 11 am to 6 pm every day.  Entrance is free during our workshops on ancient Mesopotamian mathematics and our reading workshop for kids in Arabic! We are looking forward to your visit!  

Design and illustration by Shareef Askar

We would like to thank all our collaborators at the National Museum, it has been a real pleasure to organise this event together!