Main exhibition at the Olympic Stadium

Next autumn’s Helsinki Design Week will take over the Olympic Stadium of Helsinki. Its extensive renovation since 2016 will be completed by the end of summer 2020, and the renewed stadium will once again open its gates to the citizens.

Currently, an international health crisis keeps the entire world captivated. Helsinki Design Week is monitoring the developments regarding this outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) daily. At this moment, we’re proceeding with the event in September as originally scheduled. It is hard to predict how the situation will develop in the upcoming weeks and months and we will maintain to follow this closely and keep you updated if any changes occur.

The open call application period for the Olympic Stadium exhibition has now ended.

We received a large number of very high quality applications, and we are pleased to tell you that the international open call had a large reach and a warm response from the design community.

At the moment, we’re proceeding with the event in September as scheduled originally (11–13 September 2020). However, due to the local safety regulations imposed by the Finnish government, unfortunately we can only exhibit works that do not require international flights or cargo.

Our team is currently working hard to find new, intangible and digital ways of exhibiting content. All the applicants outside Finland will be informed regarding this as soon as further information is available. 

Working internationally has its challenges at the moment that’s why, our curator Margriet Vollenberg has had to change her role in this project from curator to advisor. We are so glad that Margriet is still part of our Olympic Stadium exhibition team. Kari Korkman, founder & CEO, Helsinki Design Week, has taken on the role of curating the main exhibition at the Olympic Stadium, along with his team.

Should you have some thoughts or ideas you would wish to share regarding the production of a virtual exhibition this September, please don’t hesitate to contact the producer of the Main Exhibition at the Olympic Stadium, Jenni Juutilainen ( 


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