This is the year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, so Helsinki Day will actually take place over two days, on 11 and 12 June 2017. Here are our design tips for Helsinki Day.
The Helsinki Day programme is packed with big and small events, musical performances, the performing arts, guided tours, exhibitions, open doors, activities for kids and also fun for older people.
HejHylje! is a series of 40 unique artworks created by 40 Finnish artists for the benefit of the Baltic Sea and for residents and visitors to enjoy. The two-metre tall seal statues will arrive in Senate Square on Helsinki Day, after which they will appear throughout the city to remind people of the importance of protecting the Baltic Sea. In September at Helsinki Design Week the statues gather again in front of the Clarion Hotel.
Senate Square, Helsinki
Invited immigrant artists decorate in blue and white 100 ceramic bowls donated by Eva Spoof / Udumbara especially for this event.
This event will take place during Helsinki day on 11 and 12 June with the aim of highlighting the themes of working together and living together, as well as working in handicrafts and art in our common urban environment, in Kallio, at Studio Udumbara. The artists can decorate in blue and white the bowls made at Udumbara out of red clay from the village of Kultala. The bowls have been donated to this autumn’s “Empty Bowl” event, where they will be exhibited together with other donated bowls.
The Empty Bowl event celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and will take place during Helsinki Design Week in the Helsinki Cathedral crypt on 16 September 2017.
Fill Up Empty Bowls – Together 2017
Sunday & Monday 11.6.-12.6.
Udumbara, Kaarlenkatu 15, Helsinki
Enjoy a proper block party among local residents! The themes will be the living city, togetherness and Finland’s 100th anniversary. The street will be closed and transformed into a public garden and common space where you will find food, music, street art, activities for kids, interactions and a communal atmosphere.
Little Roba, Big Party
Pieni Roobertinkatu, Helsinki
Design District Helsinki is once again gearing up for some fun design orienteering on Helsinki Day. This 24-hour event is an urban adventure that is open to everyone. The idea is to follow clues shared on social media to find design gems that have been hidden throughout the Design District.
Sunday & Monday 11.-12.6.
Design District Helsinki, Punavuorenkatu, Helsinki
At the Event Courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum you can help design our urban space together with professional designers. The Event Courtyard is part of a two-day Makerspace event in which adults and young people work in the courtyard with textiles, wood and ceramics. The work utilises various methods for shaping, dismantling and reconstructing.
Event Courtyard at the Museums
Sunday & Monday 11.-12.6.
Ullanlinnankatu 2-4, Helsinki