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Fireworks have been cancelled - New Year in Helsinki is celebrated at a grand event on Kansalaistori

After two exceptional years, the turn of the year will once again be celebrated together at a grand event on Kansalaistori. The festival-goers will be entertained by top Finnish artists Isac Elliot and Cledos with guests. There is programme for all ages. The New Year's fireworks have to be cancelled to ensure the safety of the public and due to bad weather conditions.
Kansalaistori Helsinki
Photo: Atte Mäläskä

The New Year’s Eve celebrations kick off at 5:30 p.m. with Skidit Pakkasdisko, a children’s disco that makes the entire family dance. MC New Ro, DJ Orkidea, the young dancers of StepUp School and the Galante choir, among others, guarantee a party atmosphere. The early evening programme climaxes show at 6 p.m.
The late-night concert’s warm-ups begin with DJ duo Paha Vaanii at 10:30 p.m. The concert kicks off with Emma award-winner F and artist on the rise Hassan Maikal, followed by a New Year’s greeting from Mayor Juhana Vartiainen. The main act for this year’s concert is a rare joint gig by Isac Elliot and Cledos. Isac Elliot has released some of the most listened songs of the year and received several Finnish and international awards. Cledos is a top name in new wave rap music, reaching multi-platinum streaming numbers with his own and featured songs. The New Year show rises to exceptional heights with an impressive group of featured artists that includes, for example, BEHM, william and DAVI. 
The New Year’s Eve concert hosted by Emma Karasjoki and Gogi Mavromichalis, and party atmosphere are broadcast live on Yle TV1 and Yle Areena at 10:50 p.m.–12:30 a.m. The party continues at Kansalaistori with DJ duo Paha Vaanii playing Finnish music until 12:30 a.m.

Fireworks have been cancelled

Helsinki’s New Year is celebrated today on Saturday 31st of December at The Kansalaistori Square starting with the Children’s New Year’s party from 5.30 p.m. and later with the main concert from 10.30 p.m. Both events will take place as planned, but the smaller fireworks that end the children’s event at 6 p.m. and the main fireworks planned at the end of the main concert at 00.00. a.m. have to be cancelled.  Wind conditions do not guarantee a safe execution for the fireworks. Ensuring the safety of the public is the main importance to the event organizer. 

"Fireworks are always accompanied by the risk of heavy wind. The fireworks must also come down somewhere, which is why the situation in the middle of the city is always tricky. Unfortunately this is what happened, but safety comes first”, Stuba Nikula, the CEO of the Helsinki Event Foundation responsible for the implementation of the event, apologizes for the situation.

Helsinki’s New Year programme:

5:30 p.m.–6 p.m.               
Children’s New Year: Frozen disco

10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Paha Vaanii pre-party / F & Hassan Maikal / New Year’s greeting from the Mayor / Isac Elliot &
Cledos + BEHM, william, DAVI / Paha Vaanii afterparty

Yle channels                      
10:50 p.m.–12:30 a.m.: Live broadcast Yle TV1 & Yle Areena

Helsinki’s New Year is organised by the City of Helsinki. The traditional event has been held since the 1930s. The event is produced by the Helsinki Events Foundation.

The article was published on 13 December and updated on 31 December.