Concerts, exhibitions and sports can still be enjoyed in a variety of ways, although the cultural centres, museums, indoor sports facilities and youth centres are closed during the new coronavirus restrictions between 30.11. and 20.12.2020. Helsinki-kanava has a broad coverage of content.
Libraries make fairytale hours and authors’ appearances available independently of time and place
There will be no events held in the libraries, but the video recordings of the Helsinki City Library bring fairytale hours and authors’ appearances to people’s homes. Helsinki-kanava has a broad coverage of interesting content from fairytale hours to author interviews – and even a lecture on Star Wars. The recordings are available for watching on Helsinki-kanava at helsinkikanava.fi. They can most easily be found with the search term “Kirjasto (Library)” in the “Kulttuuri ja vapaa-aika (Culture and Leisure)” category.
Helmet libraries will remain open in limited form for short-time visits between 30.11. and 20.12.2020. Books and other materials can be borrowed and returned using the self-service machines. Services will mainly be provided as self-service and based on advance reservations. A notification on the reserved material’s availability for picking up will be sent as a text message, by email or by mail. The materials can be picked up from the reservation shelf, and there will be a restricted selection of other borrowable materials at the machines.
Indispensable use of the computers reserved for customer transactions is possible in the libraries. The libraries’ facilities and devices cannot be reserved, and earlier reservations have been cancelled. Face mask usage is a requirement in the libraries. Safe distances must be kept to other customers and to personnel. The libraries’ opening hours may be shorter than normally. Please check the actual situation on each library’s own website at helmet.fi
Arts and cultural history available from your sofa or while jogging
Content has been compiled onto the websites and social media channels of the museums for your enjoyment whenever it best suits you. The website of Helsinki Art Museum contains a lot of art content to be enjoyed digitally and outdoors. The IGTV on Helsinki Art Museum’s Instagram channel (instagram.com/hamhelsinki) offers new content, including the series Lounasvartti Lallukassa and Maanantaina museossa, which allow a peek behind the scenes of the museum and the exhibitions. Subtitled recordings of the series will soon be available on the website.
The website of the Helsinki City Museum offers the most fascinating stories of Helsinki and the most interesting discussions from past to present in Helsinki Podcasts. Listeners can enjoy podcasts related to the ‘Spaces – DIY Music Venues in Helsinki’ exhibition. The ‘Exceptional times’ series, examining the strange ways of people in times of crisis, is very timely.
The City Museum’s website features the seven-episode Children's Town video series and an Advent calendar with 24 nostalgic Christmas stories narrated in the form of videos. These daily Christmas-themed stories are also revealed in the Advent calendar of the City Museum’s Instagram channel at instagram.com/helsinginkaupunginmuseo.
The photographic exhibition ‘In the Quarters of Kruununhaka’ provides a glimpse into the life and history of the district over a period of about 100 years. The fixed exhibition has been on display on electrical cabinets in Kruununhaka from September onward, and the route map can be found on the museum’s website.
Helsinkikuvia.fi is a treasury of pictures. The collections of the Helsinki City Museum contain almost one million photos of Helsinki and of its residents from the 1860s to the present. The pictures can even be browsed from the comfort of your home in the Helsinkikuvia.fi service, in which the museum has already published about 65,000 photos. Dive into nostalgic picture memories: helsinkikuvia.fi.
In the spring, Helsinki City Museum also published more than 1,400 new items online in the Finna search service. The newly published items, including art, posters, postcards and building drawings, have until now been exhibited only within the walls of the museum. You can browse the collections at hkm.finna.fi
Group singing, Christmas at Savoy Theatre and other virtual concerts
Public events at the Helsinki cultural centres Annantalo, Caisa, Kanneltalo, Malmitalo, Maunula House, Savoy
Theatre, Stoa and Vuosaari House have been cancelled or postponed regarding the period between 30.11. and 20.12.2020.
The services of the cultural centres can however be enjoyed in other ways during this time. Virtual Annantalo offers a lot to do and experience for families with children, and different contents are published on Annantalo’s social media channels each week. Read more: http://www.annantalo.fi/en/virtuaalinenannantalo
The own Helsinki Open Wawes radio broadcasts of the cultural centre Caisa can be listened to online at https://www.helsinkiopenwaves.com/dev/. The popular group singing events at Kanneltalo have been moved online. For example the moment of group singing led by Mari Kätkä can be watched on Helsinki-kanava and on the Kanneltalo website from Monday, 14 December. Families with children can enjoy a recording of the Malmitalon Mutaveijarit concert on the Malmitalo website. Savoy Theatre’s ‘Anssi Karttunen, Celebrating 60’ concert is available on Helsinki-kanava until 31.12.
The Christmas at Savoy Theatre concert has been recorded in cooperation with the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and will be broadcast on its channels: TV1 on 25.12.2020 at 19:00, rebroadcast on 26.12.2020 at 13:50, and on Radio Suomi on Tuesday 22.12.2020 at 18:00. After this the concert will be available on YLE Areena.
Stoa’s Virtual Gallery offers the ‘Helsinki Brooklyn’ exhibition by Aya Brace & Uwa Iduozee: Helsinki Brooklyn Works by the students of Helsinki School of Visual Arts are on display behind Vuosaari House’s windows in the form of the ‘Kuvaa!’ exhibition until 23.12.2020. In December, Vuosaari House will also arrange the first Gingerbread House Championship for the residents of Vuosaari! Read more here.
Tiivistämö will offer a multicultural independence party broadcast on 6.12. at 13:00 on Helsinki-kanava.
Stella Polaris in turn will improvise a Christmas spectacle, which will be broadcast on 8.12 and 16.12.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra concerts broadcast online through HKO Screen
Live HKO Screen online broadcasts will bring programmes of the Day of Finnish Music on 8.12. and the season’s closing concert in the honour of Beethoven on 18.12 to the comfort of people’s homes. After the live broadcast, the concerts can be watched in recorded form on Helsinki-kanava, on the website of the Orchestra and in the HKO Screen mobile application.
The website also offers a brand new opera-themed children’s concert named Kuiskaajan aaria (Whisperer's aria).
HKO involved in Helsinki New Year at Home celebrations
The turn of the year will be celebrated safely at home on 31.12. through Helsinki’s New Year at Home programme in the company of Finland’s top artists. Yle’s ‘Vuosi vaihtuu 2020’ (It’s New Year’s Eve 2020) programme will turn the City Hall’s banquet hall into a New Year show stage. The most iconic electronic music hits of the last decades meet the power of the Philharmonic Orchestra in the sparkling ‘Classical Trancelations’ concert. The soloists of the event will be Chisu, Nelli Matula, Redrama, Olavi Uusivirta, MARiANNA, Paleface, Pete Parkkonen, Robin Packalen, Jesse Markin and Darude.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Eero Lehtimäki, and the chamber choir Ahjo Ensemble will also give a performance. The night will feature new orchestral arrangements of well-known dance hits from artists such as Daft Punk and Darude. The concert programme has been curated by Tapio “DJ Orkidea” Hakanen, and the arrangements are the work of experienced game and film music producers Petri Alanko and Pessi Levanto.
Classical Trancelations – Helsinki’s New Year concert and the ‘Vuosi vaihtuu 2020’ broadcast: Yle TV1 and Yle Areena on 31.12. at 22:30–01:00 www.helsinginuusivuosi.fi/en/
Outdoor sports facilities remain open; Helsinki-kanava offers body control exercise, circus and even corona rap
This winter all artificial ice facilities of Helsinki are free of charge, and from Saturday 5.12. a total of eight artificial ice rinks and fields will be available for skating: Brahenkenttä, Kontula, Käpylä, Laajasalo, Lassila, Lauttasaari, Oulunkylä and Pukinmäki. In addition, the Independence Day (6.12.) opening hours of all open artificial ice facilities have been extended: skating is possible between 9:00 and 21:00. The artificial ice facilities have field-specific user number restrictions. Personnel will monitor compliance with the user number restrictions on the fields, and it might be necessary to wait for being allowed onto the ice during the busiest hours. There are also public skating times at the artificial ice fields on each day of the week.
The city’s recreation areas, outdoor gyms and sports parks are also open and available for use by the residents. Safe distances must be kept at the outdoor sports facilities, too, and people are allowed to use the facilities only when healthy. Monitoring and the presence of youth instructors has been increased on the outdoor fields for the validity period of the new coronavirus-related restrictions. Changing rooms and maintenance buildings will remain closed except for the toilet facilities.
Body control exercises can be performed safely at home enjoying the Jumppahetki exercise moments led by Helsinki’s sports instructors, which will be broadcast on Yle TV2 on weekday mornings at 8:50 and rebroadcast on the same day afternoon. All Jumppahetki broadcasts can be watched on Yle Areena. In addition, there are tons of sports-related videos on Helsinki-kanava for adults and children: body control exercises, sports tips, stretching, circus, yoga, sports adventures, dance and even a corona rap song!
Young people supported online and through mobile youth work
Young people are given individual support through digital and mobile youth work. There are live broadcasts and other participatory pastimes on the youth facilities’ social media channels, especially on Instagram and Discord. More detailed information on these can be found on the websites and social media channels of the different youth centres. The youth workers can also be contacted directly through the social media or by phone. Their contact details can be found on the websites of the youth centres.
As the youth centres will be closed between 30.11. and 20.12., youth workers will move around the city even more actively, offering support, opportunities to talk and activities for young people. In addition, podcasts created by young people can be listened to at signaalimedia.munstadi.fi. Signaalimedia also lends equipment for recording podcasts.
Photo: Satu Haavisto / City of Helsinki