Cultural centres celebrate Helsinki Day with a varied programme

Helsinki Day is celebrated annually in a spectacular way also in many Helsinki’s cultural centres. The cultural centres to the east and north of the Helsinki metropolitan area offer a varied programme that is an important part of our beloved Helsinki’s birthday celebrations.

Six cultural centres are involved in the Helsinki Day celebrations, each of which has taken into account the specific characteristics of its own area and the wishes and needs of different Helsinki residents in its programming for Helsinki’s birthday. Welcome to celebrate Helsinki Day in the different cultural centres of our city!

Annantalo 9 am – 8 pm
There’s a wide variety of programmes for day-cares and families with children: concerts, workshops, guided exhibition tours and theatre. Young people can make street art at the front yard of the Arts Centre and perform at the Helsinki Day Open Mic event in the back yard.

Kanneltalo 3 pm – 7.30 pm
Let’s gather together on Sitratori square to celebrate our city! Race Horse Company circus artists can swing from the Wheel of Death, but the rest of us get to confidently enjoy the celebrations, cotton candy, piano music and handicrafts without a care in the world. This event also celebrates the new look for Sitratori – the murals, inspired by ideas from locals and painted by Helsinki Urban Art. Event is hosted by Juha Pekka Tapani Heikkinen.

Malmitalo 11 am – 10 pm
Helsinki Day at Malmi is an invite to join an unforgettable birthday party at Malmitalo’s green back yard. Join us among colourful soap bubbles, art and the coolest gigs: Stig, Mimmit, Finlanders, and touko. Also visit the Malmi Market, art workshops, physical activities, barn dances and so much more.  Get to know local businesses and participate in various activities at the Malmi Market and Dinner under the Malmi sky invites local residents to eat at the same table.

Maunula-talo 6 pm – 8.30 pm
Helsinki Day at Maunula House is a feast of modern folk music! Internationally successful kantele artist Maija Kauhanen brings her one-woman orchestra and her powerful stories of women of various ages to the square at 7.30 pm. The first act of the evening is bowed lyre player and singer-songwriter Minsku Tammela with her band at 6 pm.

Stoa 4 pm – 8 pm
Helsinki Day at Stoa features traditional dancing to fantastic music! The opening act of the evening is a dance music veteran: Marko Haavisto & Poutahaukat. After them, soulful Emilia Sisco & Northern Lights take their place on the stage. The final act of the evening is Eastern Helsinki’s own rap artist, Hassan Maikal. Joining everyone on stage are TARGET Helsinki, whose wonderful dancers raise the roof in between the music acts. The event emcee is Johanna Storck.

Vuotalo 2 pm – 7 pm
Vuotori is the place for young and old alike to enjoy upbeat music and a great atmosphere. Jo’s Punch & Judy Show will perform puppetry in English and the TV stars Mimi and Kuku will lead the audience through dance, activities, puppetry and magic tricks. The evening will end with a performance by Arppa. Local actors and associations will present their activities throughout the day.

Image: Jiri Hilttunen