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Culture and leisure activities adapt to coronavirus era

Helsinki Day programme culminates with virtual concert by ALMA

Helsinki Day will be celebrated this summer online and on social media only due to the exceptional circumstances. The programme, ranging from circus tricks and concerts to improv performances and digital nature tours, will be broadcast on 12 June on the Helsinki-kanava video channel, social media channels, the event organisers’ own channels and Radio Helsinki. Altogether, the programme comprises of over fifty different events, culminating with a special virtual concert by Finnish pop star ALMA.

Home delivery of library books to risk groups begins in June

The Helsinki City Library network is carrying out a ‘Summer reading to your door’ campaign in June, delivering library books to risk groups in the city. Helsinki Helpline volunteers will transport some of the ready-made book bags to the front doors of homebound residents, along with deliveries of food and medicine.

Interested parties can inquire about book bag delivery via the Helsinki Helpline service by ringing tel. 09 310 85805 on weekdays between 12 pm and 3 pm. The book bags are free-of-charge for both pick-up and home delivery.

Culture, sports and youth activities reopen in June

Summer camps and courses will also begin. Some libraries will offer extended hours and activities for young people have been expanded.

Helsinki’s six cultural centres, Annantalo, Caisa, Kanneltalo, Malmitalo, Stoa and Vuotalo, will also organise many activities and events this summer that will take the prevailing safety considerations into account. 

Helsinki’s public beaches will open on 1 June 2020 according to their normal summer schedules, with due consideration for coronavirus restrictions. Outdoor swimming pools at Olympic Stadium and Kumpula will open according to their normal summer schedules on 1 June 2020.

The Töölö sports hall and the Liikuntamylly sports and fitness centre will open again on 1 June according to normal summer schedules.

Youth services and guided outdoor summer activities will resume on 1 June, but in a controlled manner with consideration for the prevailing safety constraints.

The City of Helsinki’s museums will also resume their operations: the Helsinki City Museum and the Tram Museum will open to the public on Monday, 1 June, and the Helsinki Art Museum HAM and the Huvila Villa will follow the suit the next day, on Tuesday, 2 June. Smaller seasonal museums in the city, the Burgher’s House and the Worker Housing Museum will remain closed for the time being.

Libraries will not reopen entirely until the first of June, when museums, theatres, cultural centres, activity centres, swimming halls and other sporting facilities, youth centres, club facilities, rehabilitative work programmes and job centres are also scheduled to reopen.  

Enclosed outdoor spaces, such as amusement parks, zoos and cinemas, will be kept safe by limiting the number of customers, maintaining safe distances and following the proper hygiene guidelines, in accordance with forthcoming government recommendations.

Helsinki Festival 2020 will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic

In the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Helsinki Festival and the Night of the Arts will not take place as planned 20 August – 6 September. Those who have already bought tickets to the Festival are instructed to follow Ticketmaster’s refund guidelines. In 2021, Helsinki Festival will take place 19 August – 5 September. The next Night of the Arts will be celebrated on the Festival’s opening night, August 19th.

Inaugural Helsinki Biennial moved to summer 2021

The inaugural Helsinki Biennial 2020, The Same Sea, will now take place from 12 June – 26 September 2021, owing to the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

New online content each week

City of Helsinki employees have been working hard since the coronavirus outbreak to come up with innovative solutions to share sports, culture and youth services with the public. The city aims to provide its residents with expanded library services and inspirational online experiences during this uncertain time, as well as encourage daily movement and exercise

E-books and new streaming content

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. 

The City of Helsinki’s video channel Helsinki-kanava will also begin streaming new content from the city’s libraries, along with cultural, sports and youth services. This new content will be available online 24/7. Examples include author interviews and children’s story times at Helsinki libraries, as well as videos about activities and outdoor fitness opportunities in the city. 

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 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. Even though the museum is now closed, the museum puts 2,700 artworks and 500 sculptures from around the city at your fingertips at the HAM website and social media channels.

Enhanced youth work

Young people in Helsinki continue to need support, guidance and instruction from specialized counsellors. Youth work outreach will be expanded with counsellor patrols to the city’s districts and increased cooperation with other metropolitan area cities. Online services will also improve; for example, the Sekaisin chat service makes it easy for young people to contact counsellors via social media.

In addition, the Annantalo cultural centre will be transformed into a virtual meeting place for youth. Virtual Annantalo will provide families and young people with a variety of things to do during this exceptional time. The Virtual Annantalo service can be found on Annantalo’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels. Downloadable learning material will also be available on the Annantalo website



10.06.2020 14:09