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On this page you can read all the latest news on The Queen of Hearts and the Royal Family. Also, upcoming events are listed below.
 



Ebony F. Johnson from The Bahamas is The Queen of Hearts 2015!

February 14, 2015



The Queen of Hearts 2015 was organised Saturday 14.2.2015 at The Tiger in Helsinki. Ebony F. Johnson from The Bahamas was crowned the winner. Mimosa Sukanen from Finland came second, and the third place went to Ksenia Atlaskina from Russia. Sabina Dhaugoda from Nepal was voted Audience Favourite. 

A big thank you to all our fantastic finalists, performers, sponsors, judges, workers and of the audience! First photos of the winners have been published on our Facebook page. Like our FB page for more photos, news and updates!



 
The Queen of Hearts 2015
- International Beauty Contest and Valentine's Day Celebration
 
February 14, 2015
 

 
 

The Queen of Hearts 2015
Sat 14.2.2015, 19.00-22.00
The Tiger (Urho Kekkosen katu 1, Helsinki) 
Tickets 8€*
K-18

The Queen of Hearts 2015 will be organised on Saturday 14.2.2015 in Helsinki at The Tiger. On the day, amazing international women will once again compete for the coveted crown and the title of The Queen of Hearts 2015. In addition to this, we will celebrate the day of global friendship with colourful performances from different parts of the world.

Come celebrate Valentine's Day, enjoy a spectacular show and vote for your favourite at The Tiger nightclub, over the rooftops of Helsinki. You can continue the Valentine's celebrations immediately after to show and join the special after party. 

Queen Candidates 2015

Once again, all ten finalists are amazing international women - beautiful both inside and out. But when the votes are counted, it's the Beauty Within that will win the crown. 

♥ Ksenia Atlaskina, Russia
♥ Eniolaoluwa Adekunle Sokoya, Nigeria
♥ Mimosa Sukanen, Finland
♥ Nadya Söderholm, Indonesia
♥ Aleksandra Mackevica, Latvia
♥ Sabina Dhaugoda, Nepal
♥ Linh Nguyen Tran Nhat, Vietnam
♥ Elizabeth Tugaine, Uganda
♥ Ekaterina Vasina, Russia
♥ Ebony F. Johnson, The Bahamas

Live performances 

♥ Royal Bollywood Dancers 
♥ Ebunoluwa Kivinen

♥ Shezzy Brown
 
*Tickets
 
You can buy tickets in advance or at the door. Advance ticket are available from Kukka-Bukett flower shop at the bottom floor of the Kamppi shopping mall, opposite Lidl. Cash only!

Please note that you must enter The Tiger before 22.00 with The Queen of Hearts ticket. With the ticket, you can continue the night at the nightclub also after it opens to general public. After 22.00, regular ticket prices (10€) apply. 

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Night of Kind Hearts
- Cultural performances from different countries
 
November 15, 2014
 

 
Night of Kind Hearts
- Cultural performances from different countries
Sat 15.11.2014, time 19:00
International Cultural Centre Caisa
Mikonkatu 17C, Helsinki
Tickets: 5 euros

Join us for a night of cultural performances from all over the world: drama, music, dance, poetry and more at International Cultural Centre Caisa! 

On stage: 

♥ Letters from Finland 
- An original drama production about a young Asian woman who moves to Finland for love

♥ Asian music and dance by Kingfar Sungsook

♥ Music by singer-songwriter Katrin Johansson

♥ Bollywood dance show by Royal Bollywood

♥ Nepalese dance and music

♥ Poetry

The host for the evening is Shristi Neupane – The Queen of Hearts 2013.

 

 
Are you The Queen of Hearts 2015?
- Register for the contest
 
October 20 - December 31, 2014
 

 
Do you have what it takes to represent Finland's amazing international women? Are you ready to rock the stage and wow the judges with your awesome talent and the right kind of attitude?
 
If you are at least 18 years old, have a good reputation and think you've got what it takes to win the contest, you could be The Queen of Hearts in the making. Fill in the application form and begin your journey on the road to becoming the international First Lady of Finland!
 
The Queen of Hearts 2015 will be organised in Helsinki in February 2015.
Registration period is 20.10.-31.12.2014.
 
More info on registrations 
 

 
Thank you for 2013 and plans for 2014
 
December 31, 2013 
 


We are getting ready to welcome the new year. But before that, it's time to give a big thank you to all for the year that has passed.

In 2013, we have made donations to two wonderful charity organisation - Fountain of Life supporting rape victims in Malawi and Michael J. Fox Foundation fighting Parkinson's disease. At the same time, Queen Shristi has been running a project to support girls' education in Nepal. Thank you to all who have supported our charity projects!

In 2014, we are taking a break from organising the beauty contest. Our other activities continue and there might be some surprises coming up in the new year. So do stay tuned!
 

 
The Queen of Hearts at World Village Festival
 
May 25-26, 2013
 

 
World Village Festival
25.-26.5.2013
Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square, Helsinki
Free entrance
 
POWWE'R and The Queen of Hearts will take part in World Village Festival in Helsinki at the end of May. During the two-day festival, you can meet us at our table in the Market of Opportunities Tent in Kaisaniemi Park.
 
Come hear about our plans for the summer and autumn while checking out our colourful gift items!
 
 
After-Party with The Best of Afrobeats
 
Afrobeat Presents: Festival Tinz
Sat 25.5.2013, from 21:00 hrs
Club Nosturi
Telakkakatu 8, Helsinki
Tickets: 10e
K-18
 
On Saturday, you can continue our night with global rhythms at Afrobeat: Festival Tinz event at the legendary Nosturi events venue in Hietalahti, Helsinki.
 
World's most famous Afrobeats dj DJ JamJam - BBC 1 Xtra and Westside Radio. 2 live stages, 2 dance floors, water-front terrace and a stunning balcony view. Two dance groups to help shake things up a whole lot more.

The Dj lineup includes
  • Dj JamJam (UK)
  • Dj X Ray
  • Dj Dalo
  • Dj Kush
  • Dj Goodblood & Dj Emil (Bassoradio)
 
 


Food from the Heart
- Fusion Kitchen for Charity on Restaurant Day 18.5.2013
 
May 18, 2013
 

 
Food from the Heart
Sat 18.5.2013, 12:00-18:00
Moniheli office
Työpajankatu 2, 2nd floor
Kalasatama, Helsinki

 
Welcome to treat your taste buds to delicious fusion of Finnish, Nepalese and Canadian cuisines in Kalasatama! Our restaurant is located in Moniheli premises, close to Kalasatama metro station. The address is Työpajankatu 2, 2nd floor.

In addition to delicious yet affordable food, we will also spice things up with cultural performances such as Nepalese dance, Bollywood dance and live music. You will also have a chance to follow ice hockey championships on the big screen from 4 p.m. courtesy of Liikkukaa ry.

All profits will be used for charity to support Nepal Mother Foundation and Michael J. Fox Foundation as part of The Queen of Hearts Development Initiative.
 
 
Our Menu

Aloo Chop, 6 euros
Nepalese potato-onion balls, served with Finnish freshly pickled cucumber, potato salad, Canadian coleslaw and Nepalese tomato pickle

Roti with cold-smoked salmon, 6 euros
Nepalese roti bread filled with cold-smoked salmon, sour cream, onion and chives, served with Finnish freshly pickled cucumber, potato salad and Canadian coleslaw

Roti with forest mushrooms, 6 euros
Nepalese roti bread filled with forest mushrooms, cream cheese and onion, served with Finnish freshly pickled cucumber, potato and Canadian coleslaw

Murai & bhujiya, 2 euros
Crispy Nepalese snack of puffed rice, gram flour and spices

Lassi, 2 euros
Nepalese yoghurt drink
 
Canadian cupcakes with a Finnish twist, 2 euros
Blueberry cupcake served with coffee or Nepalese tea

Maple syrup sweet bread, 2 euros
Finnish korvapuusti with Canadian maple syrup
 
 

 
Shristi Neupane from Nepal is The Queen of Hearts 2013!
 
 
February 9, 2013
 

 
The Queen of Hearts 2013 was organised Saturday 9.2.2013 at Kaarle XII in Helsinki. Shristi Neupane from Nepal was crowned the winner. Anahita Hushangi representing Finland and Iran came second, and the third place went to Alina Bayronova from Russia.
 
 
A big thank you to all our fantastic finalists, performers, sponsors, judges, workers and of the audience. You made the night truly memorable!
 
 

 
The Queen of Hearts 2013
- International Beauty Contest and Valentine's Day Celebration
 
February 9, 2013
 

 
The Queen of Hearts 2013
Saturday 9.2.2013 at 20:00
Club Kaarle XII
Kasarmikatu 40, Helsinki
Tickets 8e
Age limit 20 (entrance before 23:00)

Join us in celebrating Valentine's Day in a truly international atmosphere!

Ten amazing international women will take centre stage at Kalle to compete for the coveted crown of The Queen of Hearts. We will also celebrate global friendship with global star performances.
 
On stage, colourful Bollywood spectacle, dance routine performed by all Queen Candidates and much much more!
 
QUEEN CANDIDATES 2013
  • Elizabeth Wambui, Kenya
  • Shristi Neupane, Nepal
  • Katri Kähkönen, Finland
  • Polina Belonogova, Russia
  • Vikanda Nurmi, Thailand
  • Janet Wanjiru, Kenya
  • Rumpa Saha, Finland/India
  • Alina Bayronova, Russia
  • Dimisha Rodgers, Finland/United States
  • Anahita Hushangi, Finland/Iran
Pictures and more info on candidates coming soon!
 
Remember that the audience vote also counts. Come and show support your favourite Queen Candidate!

♥ ARRIVE IN STYLE – BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE


Tickets (8 euros) will be sold in advance at selected ticket sales points - cash only!
The same ticket will give you the chance to continue your night with Kalle's legendary club night, right after the Queen has been crowned.
 
 

 
Countdown for The Queen of Hearts 2013 begins!
 
January 2, 2013
 

 
The next Queen of Hearts will be crowned Saturday 9.2.2013 at restaurant Kaarle XII in Helsinki.
 
Get a kick-start to Valentine's day with Finland's amazing international women and fantastic cultural performances.
 
Come and show your support to your favourite candidate!
 

 

 
Are you The Queen of Hearts 2013?
- Register for the contest now!
 
October 6, 2012 - December 31, 2012
 

 
Do you have what it takes to represent Finland's amazing international women? Are you ready to rock the stage and wow the judges with your awesome talent and the right kind of attitude?
 
If you are at least 18 years old, you have a good reputation and you think you've got what it takes to win the contest, you could be The Queen of Hearts in the making. Fill the application form and begin your journey on the road to becoming the international First Lady of Finland!
 
The Queen of Hearts 2013 will be organised in Helsinki in February 2013.
Registration period is 6.10.-31.12.2012.
 
More info on registrations 


 
Night of Kind Hearts
- Cultural Performances and International Food Court
 
October 6, 2012
 

 
Night of Kind Hearts
Sat 6.10.2012, 16:00-18:00
International Cultural Centre Caisa
Mikonkatu 17 C, Helsinki
FREE ENTRANCE
 
Cultural performances from all over the world: music, dance, poetry and much much more! Exotic foods from different countries!
 
Only a couple of weeks to go until Night of Kind Hearts! On stage performers from Malawi, Tanzania, Thailand, France... On the menu, finger foods from Africa, Asia and America!

The host for the evening is Annie Virtanen –The Queen of Hearts 2012.

At the international food court you can get a taste of foods from different countries - All profits will go to Fountain of Life project helping victims of rape in Malawi.
 

 

 
Queen Annie at International Women's Conference in Tampere
 
September 3, 2012
 

 
Monday 3.9.2012 the reigning Queen of Hearts Annie Virtanen will be speaking at the International Women Conference in Tampere.
 
Annie will discuss her experience counseling rape victims in Fountain of Life project in Malawi. This year, The Queen of Hearts Development Initiative will be raising awareness and funds for this important cause.
 
 

 
Queen Annie at Kaiken Kansan Juhla in Espoo
 
May 12, 2012
 

 
POWWE'R and The Queen of Hearts are taking part in Kaiken Kansan Juhla free-entrance festival in Leppävaara, Espoo Saturday 12.5.2012.
 
Annie Virtanen and Ehi Enakimio will be on stage from 12:45 onwards. Unique jewelery and hair decorations for sale. Stop by to
say hi!
 
 

 
Queen Annie at International Women's Day Celebration
 
March 8, 2012
 

 
Winner of The Queen of Hearts 2012, Annie Virtanen, will be performing at the International Women's Day celebration on Thursday 8.3. at International Cultural Centre Caisa. Annie will be taking part in the panel discussion and performing a poem. Also, Kristiina who came second in the contest will be performing at the event. Entrance to the event is free and men are also welcome to attend. 
 

Annie Virtanen from Malawi is The Queen of Hearts 2012
 
February 11, 2012
 

Annie Virtanen from Malawi is The Queen of Hearts 2012! Second place went to Kristiina Utriainen from Finland. Irona Uwagboe representing Finland and Nigeria came third.
 
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all our amazing Queen Candidates - not to mention the judges, performers, sponsors, workers and of course the audience.
 
 

The Queen of Hearts 2012
- International Beauty Contest and Valentine's Day Celebration
 
February 11, 2012
 

The Queen of Hearts 2012

Saturday 11.2.2012
from 20:00 hours
The Circus
Salomonkatu 1-3, Helsinki
Tickets 8 euros (incl. afterparty Platinum Status)
Age limit 18

The Queen of Hearts 2012 will take place on Saturday 11.2. at The Circus events centre right in the heart of Helsinki City. At the event, we will also take a kick start to Valentine’s Day, or Friendship Day as we call it in Finland, and celebrate global friendship and unity.

This year’s finalists have their roots in Russia, Estonia, Portugal, Vietnam, Kosovo, Malawi, Nigeria, Iraq - and Finland, of course. One of our Queen Candidates even has some Sámi blood in her. During the talent outing, each of the candidates gets a chance to showcase her own culture and expertise.
 
The winner of the contest is chosen by a panel of judges representing Finland’s front row celebrities, including Jani Toivola and Fatbardhe Hetemaj. The audience also gets to vote for their favourite. Come and show support your favourite Queen Candidate!
 
In addition to the contest, the night will also bring you aerial dance and acrobatics, Arabic dance as well as musical performances by Estonian and Indonesian artists.
 
And what’s more, the same ticket will give you entrance to the official after party Platinum Status - the most glamorous and international club event in town, taking over The Circus right after the Queen has been crowned.

 
Like our Facebook page
- For each fan we donate 1 euro to Umoja Centre in Tanzania
 
December 1 - December 31, 2011
 

 
The season of giving is here! The Queen of Hearts will donate 1 euro for each of our Facebook fans to Umoja Youth Centre in Tanzania. Visit our FB page and click “Like” at the top of the page – and tell your friends to do the same!

Here’s how it works:

1) Go to www.facebook.com/ qhbeautycontest
2) Click the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page
3) Share the link with your friends and repost the message on your Wall

At the end of December, we will donate 1 euro to Umoja Youth Centre for each person who has "liked" the Facebook page. With just one click, you can help Tanzanian kids have a chance at a better life!
 

 
Night of Kind Hearts
- Cultural performances and international food court
 
December 10
 

 
Night of Kind Hearts
Sat 10.12.2011, 18:00-21:00
International Cultural Centre Caisa
Mikonkatu 17 C, Helsinki
FREE ENTRANCE
 
Cultural performances from all over the world: music, dance, drama and much much more! Exotic foods from different countries!

Performances by

♥ Elizabeth Rokala (Tanzania)
♥ Kingfar Sungsook (Thailand)
♥ Karina Pavlova (Russia)
♥ Richie Gaa-Saunalammi (Philippines)
♥ Samantha Muluka (Kenya)
♥ Indonesian dance group
♥ Pacunet drama group

The host for the evening is Gaëlle Le Vu –The Queen of Hearts 2011.

At the international food court you can get a taste of foods from different countries - All profits will go to Umoja youth centre in Tanzania and Circolo degli Italiani in Finlandia.
 
 

Are You The Queen of Hearts 2012? - Register now!

October 17 - December 31, 2011


The Queen of Hearts 2012 will be organised on Saturday 11 February 2012 in Helsinki. We welcome all international women in Finland to take part in the contest.
 
Registration period is 17 October - 31 December 2011. Winners will receive cash and product prizes: cosmetics, hair products, jewellery and much much more. And what's best, nobody will go home empty-handed!
 
If you are at least 18 years old, you have a good reputation and you think you've got what it takes to represent international women in Finland, hurry up and register now - you could be The Queen of Hearts 2012!
 
 

 
New Facebook page opened!
 
October 3, 2011
 

 
We have opened a new Facebook fan page for The Queen of Hearts:
www.faceboook.com/qhbeautycontest

If you like what you see and want to receive updates about the project in your FB news feed, simply click the "Like" button on our new page and help us spread the word by recommending the page to your friends!

The old group will no longer function soon due to changes in Facebook.
 


International Women's Meeting with The Queen of Hearts 2011

April 1, 2011


 
International Women's Meeting
Friday 1.4.2011, 18:00-20:00
Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki) 

 
The winner of The Queen of Hearts 2011 Gaëlle Le Vu from France will discuss her journey to empowerment through Finland and pole dancing. Join us for a discussion in a relaxed atmosphere!

The session is part of Women to Women meetings for international women organised by POWWE'R ry. Meetings take place every first Friday of the month. Participation is free of charge but registration is required.

Register for the meeting by sending email to powwer@powwer.org

 


The Queen of Hearts 2011 has been crowned!

February 12, 2011


 
The contest was organised on Saturday 12 February 2011 at Helsinki Club in the heart of Helsinki city centre.
 
Gaëlle Le Vu from France was crowned the winner. Karina Pavlova from Russia came second and the third place went to Moffi Henriette from Cameroon.

Windi Muziasari from Indonesia was voted as the audience favourite and Elena Lezhneva from Russia won a special prize from Cime Hair Design for her amazing attitude throughout the contest.
 
We would like to thank all the candidates, sponsors, performers and of course the audience for making The Queen of Hearts 2011 a success.
 
 


Registrations for The Queen of Hearts 2011 have closed

- Queen Candidates will be announced in January


January 1, 2011
 

Registrations for The Queen of Hearts 2011 have closed. This year, we received an amazing number of registrations from amazing and talented women from all over the world.
 
Queen Candidates for 2011 will be announced at the beginning of January after interviews and casting.
 
Stay tuned for more info on the Candidates and the event!
 


S
eason's Greetings from The Queen of Hearts!
 
December 22, 2010
 


We would like to thank all our fans, supporters and partners for the past year. At the same time, we are already looking into the future and getting ready for The Queen of Hearts 2011 coming up in February.

Registrations for the contest are open on our website until 31 December 2010. After the New Year, we will be contacting all applicants with more information. Sign up now and you could the one to take home the sash, the cash and the crown - not to mention a fabulous selection of product prizes from our sponsors!
Have a happy holiday season!
 


Register for The Queen of Hearts 2011 now!

October 1 - December 31, 2010
 


We welcome all international women in Finland to take part in the contest. You can register as a contestant on this website. Registration period is October 1 - December 31, 2010. Contestants must be at least 18 years old. Registrations take place online on this website
 

 

Mirfat's Photo Report from Hiari Orphanage Now on The Royal Diary

August 26, 2010
 


Read Mirfat's report from her visit toHiari Orpanage Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she travelled to make a donation on beds, mattresses, bed sheets and mosquito nets purchased with the money raised in The Queen of Hearts Development Initiative!
 
 

 
Woman to Woman
- Open Meetings for International Women
September 3 — December 3, 2010
 

 
Open meetings for international women every first Friday of the month 18:00-20:00 hrs at Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki). Participation is free of charge. You can register for one or more sessions by sending email to powwer(at)powwer.org
 
Women and violence
– Dealing with different emotions and life situations
Friday 3.9.2010, 18:00-20:00
Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki)
 
Tanja Harju from Maria-Akatemia's MaSu project talks about her work with women and violence. Sometimes women can end up hurting the ones close to them. Discussion on life management and emotions related to different situations.
 
The Queen of Hearts
– Representing International Women in Finland
Friday 1.10.2010, 18:00-20:00
Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki)
 
Winner of The Queen of Hearts international beauty contest Elizabeth Rokala talks about her experience in representing international women. Registration period for The Queen of Hearts 2011 opens. Ethnic snacks will be served and participants get to enjoy a bit of pampering.
 
Women and Business
– Turning Potential into Profit
Friday 5.11.2010, 18:00-20:00
Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki)
 
Nontharos Kiatwisanchai talks about her experience as a business owner and discussed how she started her own company, Absolute Trade. Discussion on business ideas and advice on how to realise them.'
 
Season's Celebration for International Women
Friday 3.12.2010, 18:00-20:00
Pasilan Asukastalo (Topparikuja 2, Helsinki)

Welcome to a bring-a-dish party where we enjoy food from different countries, music and good company! Discussion on season's traditions in different parts of the world.

 


The Queen of Hearts Development Initiative
– Lisa and Mirfat in Tanzania

July, 2010
 


Two members of the Royal Family, Lisa and Mirfat, will be travelling to Tanzania in July.
 
Lisa will visit Umoja youth centre in her home town Arusha to plan future cooperation with them. The centre offers free education to young people between the ages 14 and 26 years that come from a background of extreme poverty often coupled with other issues such as alcoholism, domestic violence and broken families.
 
Mirfat will be visiting Hiari Orphanage Centre to deliver the beds, blankets, mattresses and mosquito nets bought with the money raised in The Queen of Hearts and POWWE’R charity activities in 2009.
 
Photo reports of both visits will be published online in August.
 
 
 


The Queen of Hearts 2010 winner Lisa on SuomiTV

May 20, 2010
 

You can see The Queen of Hearts 2010 winner Elizabeth Rokala on Patafonia cooking show. Remember to tune in to SuomiTV to see what Tanzanian delicacies Lisa prepares:

Thursday 20.5. at 18:05
Friday 21.5. at 16:30 (rerun)
Saturday 22.5. at 10:00 (rerun)
 
 


The Royal Diary
- Official Blog for The Queen of Hearts
April 29, 2010
 


Check out The Royal Diary - A blog where Queen Lisa shares news and updates on The Queen of Hearts projects and issues concerning international women.
 
Join in the discussion, your comments are warmly welcome!
 

The Queen of Hearts 2010 has been crowned!

14 February, 2010
 


The Queen of Hearts 2010 was celebrated on Saturday 13 February at restaurant Virgin Oil in Helsinki, Finland.

Eight amazing international women took centre stage to compete for the coveted crown. This year winner is Elizabeth Rokala from Tanzania. Second place went to Anna Tkacheva from Russia and Gulsana Koomanova from Kyrgyzstan came third.

The night also featured performances by African Flavour dancers, Soila and Yasser Sarría from Baila Baila as well as singer/songwriter Katrin Johansson.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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