Helsinki Day on 12 June commemorates Helsinki’s “birthday”. King Gustav Vasa of Sweden founded Helsinki at the mouth of the Vantaa River on 12 June 1550, so we now celebrate the 469th anniversary of Helsinki. The grand tradition of Helsinki Day has reached a milestone, as the day was first celebrated in 1959, that is, 60 years ago.
Acquaint yourself with the City Hall lobby’s new Event Square
You’re welcome to spend Helsinki’s grand day at the City Hall. According to tradition, Helsinki Day opens with morning coffee and rhubarb pie with the Mayor, now in the rebuilt City Hall lobby, from 9–11. Coffee service is complemented by a DJ, and you can acquaint yourself with the lobby’s new services and pop into the City Hall balcony from 9:30–12:00. Helsinki Mayors can be met with on the balcony. Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13.
Invent and assemble a machine that can make the world a better place!
From 12:30–15, the City Hall’s Event Square is the stage for building a machine to improve the world. The challenge is to invent and assemble a machine that can make the world a better place. The machine or robot can be anything you like – your imagination is the limit. The questions to answer are how kids could use recycled materials, and what kinds of solutions they could come up with in a game based on a sustainable utopia? The workshop is a preliminary event of the HDW Children’s Design Week programme to be organized in September.
More than 100 events throughout the city on Helsinki Day
Helsinki Day features more than 100 events throughout the city, ranging from shopping centre festivals to museum tours. Everybody can find something for themselves in the enormous offering. By audience numbers, the biggest single event is the Helsinki Day concert in the Kaisaniemi Park by Radio Suomipop, featuring Finland’s leading popular music stars in this free-of-charge open-air event.