What we do
Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. The next Helsinki Design Week will be held on 9–19 September 2021.
Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners, and offers citizens a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes events targeted to both professionals and the general public.
The Helsinki Design Week main events are produced by Helsinki Design Week and its main partners. The Helsinki Design Week programme is produced in cooperation with national and international stakeholders and an extensive event-planning network. The programme is completed with selected events from an open call for programme entries. In 2019 close to 14,000 people visited the festival’s main exhibitions at the Erottaja 2 palace.
The festival programme takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.
Helsinki Design Week and Weekly are produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy. Luovi is specialized in curation, production and communication. Other projects include Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale and Valoon.
Helsinki Design Weekly
Helsinki Design Weekly is Finland’s leading design publication. The weekly online publication presents timely phenomena in the field of design and raises discussion on the future of the industry. Helsinki Design Weekly is published bilingually in both Finnish and English.
If you are interested in writing for us, have news from the design industry to share or would like to advertise in Helsinki Design Weekly, contact us at anni.korkman[at]helsinkidesignweek.com.
World Design Weeks
World Design Weeks is a network for design weeks and festivals around the globe.
The objective of World Design Weeks is to promote collaboration in the design field, to support product development and to develop the economy of creative fields. It provides networking and support to both the design field and fields that utilize design. Founding members include nine design festivals on three continents: Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Barcelona, Eindhoven and Helsinki. Today, World Design Weeks encompasses over 30 members worldwide.
Finland was the first country to have a president in the World Design Weeks network. The first president was Helsinki Design Week founder and director Kari Korkman.
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