Helsinki Day says thank you!

Helsinki Day was celebrated the whole weekend of 11-12 June with almost 150 free events. The sunny weather indulged those celebrating Helsinki’s birthday and the events attracted large audiences both in the city centre and elsewhere in Helsinki.

Saturday evening’s Dinner under the sky saw around a thousand citizens get together to toast Helsinki. The more than 400-metre long table stretched almost the entire length of Pohjoisesplanadi and was spread with summer salads and cakes alike for the picnic evening.

Sunday saw celebrations in the form of gigs in city districts including Maunula, Itäkeskus, Vuosaari, Malmi and Kontula. Children’s duo Mimmit danced children in Maunula, Virve Rosti raised the roof in Kustaankartano and Mikael Gabriel’s gig filled Ala-Malmi park to the brim. OAF Stage’s programme on the Espa Stage concluded with a wild show by the British troop Drag Syndrome.

The Helsinki Day baby was born during the weekend, morning coffees and rhubarb pie were served in the City Hall, Stadin Kundi and Friidu were announced and a host of Helsinki Day medals and awards were distributed. On Helsinki Day, people also got to enjoy different activities and urban nature in various ways.

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Details about next year’s Helsinki Programme will be announced in spring 2023.