Culture and leisure activities adapt to coronavirus era
In its meeting on 26 November 2020, the coronavirus coordination group decided on new recommendations and restrictions to curb the spread of the regional epidemic. Almost all customer premises of the cultural and leisure services will remain closed in the municipalities of the Metropolitan Area for three weeks starting 30.11. The cities will define the facilities offering essential services, which will be kept open limitedly and with regard to health and safety.
- New restrictions and recommendations set by the metropolitan area’s coronavirus coordination group (27 November)
- Cultural centres, museums, youth facilities and indoor sports facilities to be closed in Helsinki for three weeks – libraries stay open with restrictions (27 November)
- New restrictions and recommendations to curb the coronavirus epidemic enter into force in cultural and leisure services (23 November)
Helsinki archipelago at your fingertips
The City of Helsinki has developed a new mobile service, Ahti, to help residents and visitors become better acquainted with the waters, islands, beaches and other services available in the glorious archipelago off of Helsinki's coast. The service also makes it possible to book a table at an island cafe or restaurant or rent boats, kayaks, SUP boards, cottages and saunas. Use the Ahti App to explore the wonders of maritime Helsinki today!
The Helsinki Biennial, The Same Sea, will
give the city's residents and visitors a chance to reconnect with the city's natural environmment among the shimmering landscapes and maritime heritage of the Vallisaari island. The inaugurial Helsinki Biennial has been moved to 12 June-26 September 2021, owing to the exceptional circumstances.
Libraries expand e-services
The City of Helsinki has invested in more licenses for its library services, so everyone can have material to read and enjoy. The city's network of Helmet libraries provides a wide variety of e-books, e-magazines, language courses and e-music services in several different languages through its shared e-Library service.
Helsinki's video service offers new culture and fitness content
The City of Helsinki’s video channel Helsinki-kanava has also added new content from the city’s libraries, along with cultural, sports and youth services. This new content is available online 24/7. Examples include author interviews and children’s story times at Helsinki libraries, as well as videos about fun activities and outdoor fitness opportunities in the city.
City Museum has a treasure trove of old photographs to study
The Helsinki City Museum has close to one million photographs of the city and its residents, dating back to 1860. About 65,000 of these photos have been made available on the website Helsinkikuvia.fi. Visitors to the site can also download the images as high-resolution files for printed items or smaller files for e.g. internet use. The service also offers its own line of photo products for a fee.
Take a nostalgic trip into Helsinki’s past any time of the day. For example, the search function makes it possible look up old photos from your neighbourhood or street.
Browse HAM art collections from your home
The Helsinki Art Museum HAM looks after over 9,000 works of art that belong collectively to the people of Helsinki. The museum puts 2,700 artworks and 500 sculptures from around the city at your fingertips at the HAM website and social media channels.