Helsinki Design Week

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  • 1st September 2015
  • About Founded in 2005, 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. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015. Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, […]




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    Founded in 2005, 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. Helsinki Design Week will be held 3.–13.9.2015.

    Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 150 events every year, and includes both events targeted for 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 2014 the festival boasted about 110,000 visitors.

    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 is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy.

     

    Featured events

    Below you will find some of the Design inspired events taking place throughout Helsinki Design Week. But there is so much more going on including a Lego Collective Workshop, The Children’s Weekend and A Focus on the Future of Cities. Check out on their site!

     

    A Workshop by Proloque Shop 10.9.15

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    ..”a workshop may be a room or building which provides both the area and tools (or machinery) that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods.” (wiki)

    Proloque believes in the future of a fascinating live shop experience and unforgattable objects. Proloque Shop invited set designer and artist Jonna Järvinen to A WORKSHOP by Proloque Shop. In this Helsinki Design Week -evening Järvinen will finalize her magnificent dome-installations for Proloque, also upon customers wishes. Jonna Järvinen’s dome-installations are fascinating micro worlds that pay attention to the small details in life and nature surrounding us.

    You are welcome to follow and interact with her work or just enjoy our HDW evening,  where both beautiful objects and a shop comes alive. Small refreshments will be served.

     

    Cityspace 3-13.9.15

     

     

     

    A multi-dimensional meeting point of art and design, built out of containers by the seaside, right next to the newly renovated Old market hall of Helsinki. The transformable containers will work as a stage for surprising spaces and events where people and companies from different fields meet and create new and lively urban city culture. The event is produced by Hei Helsinki and Misc. Management.

     

    Anthology of Finnish Fashion 3-13.9.15

     

     

    This exhibition approaches its topic through nine themes: Folk, Globalization, The Engineering Mindset, The Millennium, Modernism, Change, the Economic Boom, Winter and Equality.

    In this exhibition, fashion is understood in a broad sense. The exhibits include technological clothing design, such as a motorcycle outfit and smart sportswear.

    The heritage of modernism is prominent in Finnish fashion design. Typical features of Finnish fashions in the spirit of modernism are practicality, functionalism and usability. The Modernism theme features work by Samuji and Irja Leimu, among others. On the other hand, the idiom of form is also influenced by colourful folk-inspired maximalism and decorativeness. The designers presented in the Folk theme include Sophie Sälekari and Annikki Karvinen.

    The conditions under which Finnish fashion and clothing designers have worked have changed radically from the 1950s to the present day. During the heyday of the Finnish fashion and clothing industry from the late 1960s to the beginning of the 1990s, there were over 500 manufacturers in this sector, employing a large number of designers. When trade with the Soviet Union collapsed and the clothing industry moved out of Finland, designers had to find new ways of earning their livelihood. Around the turn of the millennium,  brands established by young designers began to emerge in Finland. At present, Finnish fashion is a seamless part of international fashion.

    Designers and brands featured in the exhibition include Achilles Ion Gabriel,Ivana Helsinki, Jasmiine Julin-Aro, Karhu, Satu Maaranen, Makia,Marimekko, Mattisen Teollisuus, Daniel Palillo, Plastic Pony, Jukka Rintala,Anna Ruohonen and Vuokko.

    The curators of the exhibition are Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at Design Museum and journalist Liisa Jokinen. The exhibition architecture is by Linda Bergroth.

     

    I Heart Vallila 5.9.15

     

     

    The I Heart Vallila -urban event takes place on 5 September in Vallila. The event opens up the workshops, companies and brick-and-mortar shops of Vallila and makes visible the creative professionals working in the neighbourhood. Doors will be open and everyone is invited to meet the makers and creative workers of Vallila.

     

    The Charm of Musical Instruments 5.9.15

     

     

    Families are invited to the world of musical instruments in order to discover how the shape of the instrument affects its sound. Heureka Science Centre organises a workshop where children (5 years or older) can make curious and surprising “scientific” musical instruments. Jamkids Music School offers a music workshop where everyone can play. Jug band Dog in a Bucket presents and plays their home-made instruments.

    Children can try various instruments under the guidance of music teachers from the North Helsinki Music School. Mubik, a mobile game and virtual musical instrument, is presented as an example of the future.

    The event takes place in the Music! exhibition of the Helsinki City Museum.

    To meet the rest of the team and find out more about the events, head over to www.HelsinkiDesignWeek.com

     

     

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    Helsinki Festival

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  • 7th August 2015
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    Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organised annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all. In 2015, the Helsinki Festival is arranged from August 14-30. The Night of the Arts is arranged on 20 August 2015.   Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin; KILL Carmen   Featured events […]




    Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organised annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all.

    In 2015, the Helsinki Festival is arranged from August 14-30.
    The Night of the Arts is arranged on 20 August 2015.

     

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    Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin; KILL Carmen

     

    Featured events

    Art goes Kapakka

    Ten days, ten nights and more than 300 events taking place across Helsinki’s bars, restaurants and cafes. Art goes Kapakka brings together interesting and insightful art, the city’s finest gastronomic delights and some fantastic crowds – and is a chance for established artists to preview their latest ideas and newcomers to do some profile raising.

    Throw yourself in and enjoy unforgettable AgK moments in the dark August nights. The long-awaited programme is due to be announced in summer 2015. See you there!

     

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    30th Helsinki Comics Festival

    This year, the largest comic festival in Northern Europe is also turning its gaze toward Asia and moving its normal timetable up by one week. The special themes for 2015 are zines and small press, Hong Kong and Korea. The programme will include, e.g., a comic market, Small Press heaven, comic artists, gallery exhibitions throughout the city, discussions, lectures, live drawing sessions, competitions, animations, a children’s programme and evening clubs.

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    In co-operation with:
    Suomen sarjakuvaseura, Sarjakuvakeskus artgoeskapakka.fi

     

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    Helsinki Night Market

    At last! After two years of waiting, the Helsinki Night Market offers the possibility of tasting insects. More than ten different street stalls set up with a variety of night-time delicacies from traditional Asian treats to more exotic flavours. This year, insect food cooks from Shanghai conjure up snacks from all kinds of insects.

    Inside the red-brick yard, there is a diverse and zany combination of art forms, glow-in-the-dark lions and dragons, and of course, live music. There are also activities for the smaller members of the family. The event continues on Friday!

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    In co-operation with:
    The Abattoir (Teurastamo), Centre of International Cultural Exchange, Chinese Ministry of Culture

     

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    Searching for Janne

    In honour of the 150th anniversary, students from the Theatre Academy read the Sibelius biography by Erik Tawaststjerna in pop-up events all over the city. Find yourself in situations that uplift beyond everyday life in unexpected locations throughout the Festival!

    Performed in Finnish.

    In co-operation with: Theatre Academy OP

     

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    Giants

    Enormous, eight-metre giants come to life at Night of the Arts! Where are they from? How did they get here and why? Helsinki Festival and Helsingin Sanomat join the city residents in welcoming these rare guests with open arms. Join in the fun of building giant wicker beings in free workshops co-ordinated by EMMA. The event will culminate in the giants coming to life, and that can happen only with your help!

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    The Giants come to life at Senate Square at 19.00

    Concept, production: BeNoît Mousserion & Bérangère Pajaud, Cie l’Homme debout

    Co-operation: EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

    In partnership with: Helsingin Sanomat

     

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    Susanne Sundfør; Color Dolor

    Dramatic, elegant, cinematic, unapologetic, inspiring. These adjectives, among others, have been used to describe Susanne Sundfør, a young talent at the top of the charts in Norway. Sundfør, 29, has already recorded six albums and collaborated with the Norwegian group Röyksopp and the French group M83. Sundfør has moved from nostalgic folk music to dark pop and gloomy electronic music. Her newest album, Ten Love Songs, is like Kate Bush meets disco.

    The warm-up act for the evening, Color Dolor from Helsinki, leads you into a vortex of experimental, dream-like and unexpected soundscapes. Underneath the wild sound, there is classy, dynamic pop playing that is guaranteed to lift your dancing feet off the floor.

    Color Dolor starts at 7 p.m. Susanne Sundfør starts at 8.15 p.m.
    Doors: 6 p.m.

    For this event you can purchase a meal by Restaurant Juuri beforehand!

    Age limit: 18

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    Director of Helsinki Festival – Erik Söderblom

    The Tree Booms

    Boom 1: Changing China

    Circus, dance, design, rock, symphony, cartoons, kites and street food. As part of the 2015 Helsinki Festival, we present Focus: China, one of the most comprehensive looks at Chinese culture seen in Europe over the past years. We are not interested in how different or exotic the Chinese are as such, but rather how similar we humans ultimately are.

    The world has changed China. Now China is changing the world at a pace. If you dig deep enough in Finland, you get to China, they say. The 2015 Helsinki Festival provides you with shovels for the exploration.

    Boom 2: Changing musical theatre

    Theatre changes, music changes, dance changes. Perhaps musical theatre is the art form which, in embracing the world, ultimately best describes our multifaceted modern reality. This has been understood by the modern generation of composers – more than 20 of them are currently working on an opera or musical theatre project. Finland is experiencing a well-hidden musical theatre boom! The 2015 Helsinki Festival programme contains a small part thereof: three premieres of Finnish musical theatre works.

    Boom 3: Continuing agent of change

    The Huvila Festival Tent, the agent of change in the city’s music scene, celebrates its 20th anniversary! Over the years, this Tokoinranta landmark has fed the fires of passion, introduced new artists of all sorts and launched one star after another into the musical sky of Helsinki. And it will do so this summer as well. The agent of change continues!

    In this landscape of change, after six festivals, I bid farewell to the wonderful audience of the Helsinki Festival with this year’s programme and welcome my successor, Topi Lehtipuu.

    The world is changing – art makes the transition easier.

     

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    Flow Festival – Helsinki

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  • 16th July 2015
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    Flow Festival – Helsinki will be taking place on 14th – 16th August 2015. Flow Festival has become synonymous with bringing music from old school legends to topical newcomers. Beyond the music, Flow, offers a warm embrace of the arts and an exceptional array of world spanning cuisine. Only a short walk away from the […]




    Flow Festival – Helsinki will be taking place on 14th – 16th August 2015.

    Flow Festival has become synonymous with bringing music from old school legends to topical newcomers. Beyond the music, Flow, offers a warm embrace of the arts and an exceptional array of world spanning cuisine. Only a short walk away from the centre of Helsinki, the festival strikes an alluring setting for a few days of blissed-out festival escapism. There’s easily enough to keep attendees occupied, if ever spending a summer weekend in culture hub Helsinki wasn’t enough.

     

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    One of the cultural experiences on offer is the Art programme. In collaboration with the University of Arts Helsinki, Flow presents a broader arts programme than ever before with one-off commissions, installations and pieces around the whole festival, both indoors and out. The exhibition space Art Laboratory captures the experiential nature of art. The Voimala building will house the interactive VJ-installation of the Excerpt group along with the video installation of the Pink Twins brothers, who create their art by toying with electronic music and visual arts. Once again, Flow welcomes their Artist of the Year. This year Riitta Kopra has been commissioned to create a piece of art for the festival area, using materials from previous festivals. The University of the Arts will also contribute to Flow’s children’s afternoon with a series of workshops led by dance and theatre pedagogy students.

     

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    The University of the Arts will create the Art Laboratory, which houses sound sculptures, video installations, and sound art, as well as on-stage concerts and experimental performances. The concerts take an open-minded dive into the world of improvisation and interactive shows engage the audience. Performance art is featured right next to the Art Laboratory.

     

    A few of the featured artists…….

    Vohm combines 1970s minimalism with 2010s electronic music, creating repetitive, growing sound walls and textures. The music is in constant motion but not in a rush to get somewhere. The harmonious and repetitive material is perfect for immersive listening and letting your thoughts wander.
    Vohm is the solo project of Helsinki-based composer, musician and sound designer Ville Aalto. Aalto has worked as a composer, producer, and musician for such groups as Rev and K!NG. K!NG released its debut album in October 2014.

     

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    Viialainen is a performance and sound artist who explores the field of conceptual arts, our way of experiencing the immediate and the conflict between our senses and the intellect. His mission is a performance, which combines opening, magic, realism and love. The performance situation and expectations will crumble. Fragments create light and light creates flames. The tools of the upcoming work are frequency, rage, reflection and hands. Viialainen performs with timpanis, bell plates and mirrors.

     

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    IKIHEVONEN is an improvisational psychedelic post rock band. The group focuses on its very free and reactive playing, having roots in blues and expanding their musical approach towards the infinite possibilities of psychedelic atavism. The group started as a free form jamming session following the rule ‘You can’t do wrong in IKIHEVONEN’. The players regard the group as a spaceship of sorts, where participation and devotion are the fuel and the ride itself the goal.

    The members of IKIHEVONEN are: Anders Bergman, Kalle Leino, Tuomas Niemi and Antti Ruuhela.

     

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    Artist and photographer Erno-Erik Raitanen works with sound, installations, sculptures and radios. He was born in Lahti, and has studied in the UK and USA before entering the master program at the Time and Space Arts department at the University of the Arts Helsinki. “Finlandia” is a radio transmitted (FM 98,0) sound collage, which consist of recordings of Finlandia collected from flea-market vinyls and online.

     

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    Antti Kytömäki is a Helsinki-based artist. He is interested in sound and movement as the elements of sculptures. At Flow Festival, he will present a sculpture “Untitled”, which is a piano prepared with DC motors that is triggered by the presence of the viewer, filling the space with its intervening resonance. The piece playfully comments on the tradition of western avant-garde compositions, automatic music or even the saloons of western films, as well as extends the auditive possibilities of traditional instruments anchored to the 12-tone harmonic system.

     

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