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Helsinki Design Week 2018.

Helsinki Design Week explores relationship between trust and regenerating cities

The biggest design event of the Nordic countries brings more than 200 events for friends and professionals of design to Helsinki on 6–16 September 2018. The main venue for the 2018 festival is the Helsinki City Hall.

The theme of Helsinki Design Week 2018 is TRUST. The theme is visible throughout the recently published event programme.

Topics dealt with by means of workshops, exhibitions and discussions are, among other things, how trust changes over time and in regenerating cities. How does, for example, the increased popularity of sharing economy affect the structures of society? Or can artificial intelligence create operating models for the future? The feeling of trust is also connected to physical spaces, whose influence is estimated, for example, from an educational point of view.

The main venue for the biggest design event of the Nordic Countries is the main lobby of the Helsinki City Hall. During the festival, the main lobby is filled with different kinds of discussion-based activities related to the theme of TRUST.


A lot of new activities in addition to the main events


Helsinki Design Week's fresh programme launch includes a number of new things in addition to the main events published earlier. The topics covered during the festival will include, among other things, artificial intelligence and its influence on working life, the role of hygge in the urban environment, challenging perceptions of the environmental impact of food, and school age children's immersion in what the best day-care centre in the world could be like.


The main events of the Helsinki Design Week 2018 include the likes of HDW HOP City Installations, Design Diplomacy Discussions, Data-Driven Design Day and the Day of Architecture. Further information on the main events can be found in our previous news article or on the Helsinki Design Week website.

Programme for children and childlike during the entire festival

The new Children's Design Week offers creative programme for children and furthers design education and knowledge of the built environment. The main event locations are the Helsinki City Museum, the City Hall and the former boiler hall Kattilahalli in Suvilahti. Programme will also be arranged around the city together with the children's event organisers.

The pre-events of the Children's Design Week started with the design work shop arranged at the City Hall on Helsinki Day, and since then, they have spread to numerous Helsinki playgrounds, where children can tune their own magic forest animals during the summer. The actual magic forest can be experienced during the Children's Weekend at the Kattilahalli in Suvilahti on 15–16 September.


The whole City fills with design

In addition to Helsinki Design Week's self-produced own programme, there are more than 150 events by independent event organisers, which fill the streets, galleries, shops and museums with design, architecture, design and city planning. There will be, for example, discussions, exhibitions, launches and parties. In 2017, the festival had more than 161 000 visitors.

Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the biggest design festival of the Nordic countries. Appearing at the annual multidisciplinary festival arranged in September in addition to the different fields of design are, for example, fashion, architecture and urban culture. The next Helsinki Design Week is arranged on 6–16 September 2018.

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