The Night of the Arts converts Helsinki into a scene of hundreds of art events, performances and surprises. Check out the offering and pick out your favourites! The arts carnival for everybody in Helsinki celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and launches Helsinki Festival 2019.
In addition to traditional event organizers – museums, galleries, bookshops, theatres and cultural centres – Helsinki Festival encourages every citizen to find the inner artist in themselves.
The Night of the Arts is also celebrated in Tallinn with several Finland-themed cultural events held in the Tallinn Old Town during the day and night.
Highlights of the
Night of the Arts programme 15 August:
The traditional Tour of Choirs sets in motion the Night of the Arts, the Art goes Kapakka festival and Helsinki Festival. A human choir of more than 1,000 singers at the Senate Square is warmed up by a robot choir, consisting of different types of amplifiers.
Helsinki Central Library Oodi offers something for visitors of all ages. Gypgy music by Valkolaiset performs at 18:00 and Kavkaz playing Caucasian music at 19:00. Playground Loru organizes a Night of the Arts for families, with a workshop on the ecological footprint of a baby (15:30–17:00) and a baby workout session (18:00–18:45). Oodi organizes two literary marathons, one entitled True Crime and the other on transformations.
Helsinki Art Museum – HAM – celebrates the Night of the Arts with a versatile programme. Children are served with a 10-hour screening of Floppy Bear (11–21). Older visitors can personalize Ellen Thesleff at a workshop (16–20) and join the opening of an exhibition by Jenni Toikka at HAM Gallery (18–20).
The University of Helsinki organizes a full-day programme, including the Night of the Arts at Helsinki University Observatory (12–20), a literary event at Think Corner (17–19) and a walking tour at the University of Helsinki Botanical Garden (17:30–18:30).
City libraries are active on the Night of the Arts. For example, the Viikki Library organizes a night of robots, the Maunula Library a nonstop workshop entitled Blackout Poetry, and the Kallio Library a poetry reading and a poetry workshop.
The City Theatre holds an open house from 16–19. Tickets to free-of-charge tours are available from the theatre’s main foyer starting at 16:00 of the Night of the Arts. Visitors learn about all aspects of theatre work including costumes, makeup, set design, theatre equipment and technology, and the City Theatre’s public outreach programme. The tours are spiced up with surprises. Lilla Teatern holds an open rehearsal from 19–20.
The Night of the Arts offers a great deal for children. Many of the events are child- and family-friendly, inspiring and engaging. Children’s events include workshops, and they focus on the joy of doing things and experiencing art.
The Night of the Arts causes some changes to public transport services on Thursday, 15 August.
Tram lines 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be rerouted from about 17:45 to 20.15. Lines 2 and 3 will operate into one direction only (counter-clockwise) in the southern inner city and change numbers at the Olympic Terminal. Line 4 will operate through Liisankatu and Snellmaninkatu, line 5 will turn around at the Railway Station stop on Mikonkatu, and line 7 will operate through Kaisaniemenkatu.
Buses will operate on Friday schedules. On the night between Thursday and Friday, 15–16 August, buses will operate on normal weekend schedules including night service departures from the Kamppi terminal. Additionally, tram lines 2, 3, 4 and 7 will be rerouted in Kruununhaka from about 17:45 to 20:15.
Commuter trains will have additional service on the night between Thursday and Friday, 15–16 August.
See service announcements on the HSL website https://www.hsl.fi/en
The Night of the Arts can be followed and joined with hashtags #taiteidenyö30 and #helsinkifestival