Helsinki Design Week offers plenty of interesting activities for all age groups all over the city. Photo: Mika Lappalainen.

Helsinki Design Week opens Neo-Renaissance Palace and brings Climate School at the City Hall

The largest design festival in the Nordic countries brings hundreds of events to Helsinki in September. Helsinki Design Week will take place on 5-15 September.

Moreover, the programme of the Design Week includes more than 150 events by independent organisers that will fill the streets, galleries, shops and museums with design, architecture, fashion and city planning. Open discussions, exhibitions, fashion shows, launchings and parties will take place over the course of the week.

Kaleva House at Erottaja

During the entire Design Week, you will able to enter Kaleva House at Erottaja to admire the palace’s Neo-Renaissance architecture and visit the exhibitions there. This year, Kaleva House (a.k.a. Erottaja Palace) is the event centre and heart of the Design Week.

Opened for the first time to the public, Erottaja 2 provides an opportunity to borrow books and magazines, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of organic wine, browse the exhibitions, meet new people and participate in discussions to address the best possible Learning Climate. Erottaja 2

Climate School at the City Hall

If you are a parent, a housing company representative or just a citizen who feels anxious about climate change, then you will find solutions and new thoughts by participating in Climate School during Helsinki Design Week. Climate School will feature several top experts, who add to the understanding of influential climate actions. The event is arranged in the City Hall lobby on 9–13 September.

The lessons of Climate School will feature in-depth looks at themes affecting climate change, such as traffic, housing, food and construction. The event is free of charge and the visitors can take part in one or several lessons. Climate School

Jump into a design adventure!

The Design Adventure begins immediately at Annantalo’s main door, where children step into the imaginary boots of a designer. The red color guides you to the Design Adventure on the second floor of Annantalo, where you learn about the designer’s way of developing the world and that activates you to observe and develop different topics in different workshops.

Design Adventure at Annantalo from 9 to 15 September. Design Adventure

Erottaja Square to be completed during Helsinki Design Week

Faith Hope Love, an artwork by Swedish artist Eva Lange, to be revealed at the Erottaja Square on the 13th of September. Erottaja Square

Design Market

The largest design stock sale in the Nordics kicks off the HDW festival by taking over the Cable Factory 7-8 Septgember. At the Design Market, you can buy off-season products and prototypes at affordable prices. In addition to about 200 vendors, the market will feature the waste food restaurant Loop and Café Damascus. Design Market

Pecha Kucha Night

One of the classics of the Helsinki Design Week festival programme, PechaKucha Night, is back. Pecha Kucha Night

Further reading:

Helsinki Design Week, programme

Kaleva House (Erottaja Palace), Erottajankatu 2 (Fi)

Climate school

Helsinki Design Week to introduce festival pass