Culture for the suburbs – but how?

Residents’ level of participation in art and culture events clearly higher in the inner city than the suburbs. Deputy Mayor for Culture and Leisure, Paavo Arhinmäki will hold an open seminar on 6 June to discuss with experts on ways to create inclusive art and culture in the suburbs.
Kuvituskuva kulttuuriseminaari-uutiseen
Photo: Juha Valkeajoki

Helsinki provides a large amount and variety of art and culture. However, statistics show that residents of the inner city go to the theatre, for example, more often that residents of the suburbs. Of children and young people from south Helsinki, 44 per cent take part in basic art education, while in east and northeast Helsinki, only ten percent of children do so.

“It is important for everyone in Helsinki to have an equal opportunity for art and culture experiences. With art creators and cultural operators, we are trying to find solutions for boosting the culture offering and participation in cultural events in the suburbs,” says Paavo Arhinmäki, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Leisure.  

Deputy Mayor Arhinmäki will hold the Culture for all – but how? seminar on Thursday, 6 June at 12.30 pm – 2:30 pm, in the Helsinki City Hall event square at Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13.

The event includes expert presentations no art and culture equality and sharing of experiences and thoughts about the development of the Helsinki model development projects in the suburbs.

The seminar is open to anyone that’s interested, and it will also be streamed live on Helsinki-kanava. The first part of the seminar will be held in English.

After the seminar, at 3–4 pm, we will hold an information event on the direction and focus of the City’s cultural services’ so-called Helsinki model for development grants in the coming period (2025–2027).