A Lovely Helsinki festival event.

Lovely Helsinki festival makes the Finnish capital bloom 23–26 May

Helsinki is a lovely city! And it blooms in May, when the Lovely Helsinki (Ihana Helsinki) city festival brings flower art to the Helsinki city centre, now for the eighth time. The colourful flower displays give splendor to the city centre from Thursday, 23 May, to Sunday, 26 May. The festival exhibitors comprise more than 80 city centre enterprises and institutions, including shops and boutiques, shopping centres, restaurants, cafés, hotels, museums and all three city centre market halls. The festival is organized by the marketing cooperative Helsinki City Markkinointi. 

The Lovely Helsinki festival is known for flower art. The symbol of the festival is a flower artwork exhibition in the city centre. The 2019 exhibition will comprise 27 unique flower artworks, which will be on display in an area extending from Katajanokka’s Love Bridge to the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden. The exhibition can be toured systematically in one visit, or visitors can pick their works to visit. 

This year, flower artworks will be on display in the city’s market halls for the first time: the Hietalahti Market Hall, the Old Market Hall and the Hakaniemi Market’s temporary hall will be decorated with flower art. Each hall will have an individual artwork, which will be composed of clocks made out of plants, natural materials including combinations of plant-based and recycled materials, and much else. The works in the halls will be produced by students of a Botanical Design course. 

The Market Square’s flower market area will also bloom. The vicinity of the Havis Amanda statue will host a flower market happening from Friday to Saturday. Only steps away will be an art display in the Esplanade Park, consisting of flower artworks on light poles; the artworks will be created on the poles in a competition. The competition starts at 9 in the morning of Thursday, 23 May. 

The Esplanade Park and participating museums will host Lovely Helsinki events during the festival.

A record number of restaurants participating

The Lovely Helsinki festival is joined this year by a record number of cafés, restaurants and bars. Their number is expected to exceed 35. The rich culinary offering of the city centre will be celebrated during the festival especially with the Tour de Terrace event on Friday, 24 May. The terrace restaurants and bars of Helsinki will be highlighted at this official opening of the restaurant outdoor season. 

Festival visitors touring the flower art exhibition in the city centre can spot artworks at the Market Square waterfront, inside the Stockmann department store, at hotels, and in the Kluuvi shopping centre. At the same time, they can pop into participating shops and boutiques, which number more than 40. The shops and boutiques will celebrate Lovely Helsinki with their own flower arrangements, as well as with special offers and festival happenings. 

The Lovely Helsinki festival on the web (in Finnish only): https://www.lovelyhelsinki.com/

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