The Helsinki Model

Towards a more equal city

The cultural division is developing a model for participatory local cultural work. The aim is to diversify and create a balance between the arts and cultural activities offered in various parts of the city. The cultural division wants to ensure that all Helsinki residents have access to culture.

Based on the Helsinki Model:
• Arts organisations and groups of professional artists are urged to step outside and work together with local residents and communities in various districts.
• Arts and cultural activities in districts are supported by creating new models together with local players and arts organisations.
• Residents and communities are encouraged to take a more active role in the arts and culture, instead of being mere spectators.
• Malmitalo, Kanneltalo, Stoa and Vuosaari House contribute actively to networking between local residents and players, offering their premises and know-how for participatory arts and cultural activities.

The Helsinki Model aims to reinforce community spirit and the positive profile of districts, while enhancing the cultural inclusion of residents. It also enables arts organisations to reach new audiences.

The pilot phase of the Helsinki Model focuses on four different types of area, namely Kaarela, Maunula, Jakomäki-Kivikko and Vuosaari. The cultural division identifies and engages local players, networks and cooperation partners.

The cultural division coordinates projects that are in compliance with the Helsinki Model.

Background information

The Helsinki Model has been inspired by a model for local cultural activities implemented in Lyon, France.
Lyonin kultuurityön malli – toimisiko se Helsingissä? (2011, pdf).

Among the background surveys for the Helsinki Model was a study of the geographical distribution of grants.
Taide keskittyy keskustaan (2014, pdf).

Further information:  
Ari Tolvanen, Planner, (09) 310 37008,