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Cultural Centres and Support

Cultural Centres and Support strengthen the operating conditions for professional art in Helsinki, increase the city residents’ participation in art and culture, and promote the realisation of cultural rights. Cultural Centres and Support also include the provision of professional-level performance, education and exhibition spaces and a production environment.

Other tasks of Cultural Centres and Support include handling the preparations for cultural subsidies and improving and developing the operating conditions for the subsidised fields of art and culture. Cultural Centres and Support also play a role in generating the city’s overall view on cultural policy.

Cultural centres

City centre

Annantalo is an art centre for children, young people and families, dedicated to art education, exhibitions and various performances, events and workshops. Annantalo also plays a role in the national development of art education.

An international culture centre in Kaisaniemi. Caisa’s offering focuses on multicultural events and courses aimed at providing intercultural experiences and encounters.

Villa Eläintarha
A residence in Hakaniemi for international artists. The ground floor is open to the public, furnished in the style of an upper middle-class home from the late 19th century.

Espa Stage
Helsinki’s liveliest summer venue in Esplanadi Park Free concerts, dance performances and other cultural events, organised mainly during the summer months.

Harakka Island
Studios for artists and artisans just off the Kaivopuisto Park in the centre of Helsinki. In the summer, the artists organise exhibitions for the public on the island.

Savoy Theatre
An international concert hall and venue at the heart of Helsinki. The Savoy has 750 seats and approximately 200 events a year.

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West and North Helsinki

Cultural centre for western Helsinki. The P-train from the railway station takes 13 minutes. The offering includes theatre premieres, first public performances and international guest appearances.

Cultural centre for the northern and north-eastern parts of Helsinki. Malmitalo’s programme includes a wide range of concerts, exhibitions, films and theatre.

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East Helsinki 

Cultural centre for East and South-east Helsinki. Stoa specialises in high-quality Finnish and international contemporary dance and contemporary circus performances.

Helsinki's easternmost cultural centre at the end of the metro line in an urban natural environment. Vuotalo’s programme includes concerts, children’s events, films and theatre, and it also serves as a gallery.

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Grants for Culture

Helsinki awards approximately EUR 17 million a year in grants to arts and culture. Arts and culture grants are available for both continuous and project-based activities. Development grants may be applied for by projects intended to last for 1–3 years. In addition, the City awards grants to educational institutions that provide basic arts education and organises separate grant calls occasionally.