In the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Helsinki Festival and the Night of the Arts will not take place as planned 20 August – 6 September.
The Board of Directors of the Helsinki Events Foundation decided on May 11th that the public events planned for the festival cannot be held. Helsinki is the most densely populated area in Finland where the virus situation is challenging, and will likely remain so in August.
“Organising the Festival and its programme has been a long process, which is why it is unfortunate that we do not get to carry out this year’s amazing events as planned. However, ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors, artists and employees must come first in this situation,” states Stuba Nikula, managing director of Helsinki Events Foundation. ”Continued uncertainty regarding hosting events in August would have made the festival production impossible, and we feel the board has made the only sound decision”.
“A big thanks to the artists and partners, and to everyone who has been part of creating this year’s festival. We are deeply sorry and will do our utmost to bring art and audiences together again in the future,” says Marko Ahtisaari, artistic director of Helsinki Festival.
Those who have already bought tickets to the Festival are instructed to follow Ticketmaster’s refund guidelines.
In 2021, Helsinki Festival will take place 19 August – 5 September. The next Night of the Arts will be celebrated on the Festival’s opening night, August 19th.
Photo: Jussi Hellsten