In 2018, Finland commemorated the events of the Civil War a hundred years ago. During the year, numerous debates, seminars and panel discussions were organised on the topic. In addition, 1918 was explored through art in numerous exhibitions and performances around the country.
In September 2018, we organised a dialogue event where we gave expert input to participants and shifted the focus from listening to discussion. Together with the associations Työväenkirjaston Ystävät ry and Vapaus Valita Toisin ry, we also organised a discussion on new literature on the 1918 Civil War. We ended the Civil War commemoration year in January 2019 with an event where we discussed how the commemoration of the Civil War has been reflected in art, culture and media, and how the commemoration year in general was celebrated. How did official Finland remember the Civil War? What issues have been emphasised in the commemoration and what aspects have been neglected?