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New Year’s programming for young people online

New Year’s programming for young people online

Let’s celebrate New Year’s Eve together remotely! Yle’s New Year’s Eve show Vuosi vaihtuu 2020 will feature an amazing blend of electronic hits and orchestra music. The star artists for the evening include Chisu, Paleface, Pete Parkkonen, Olavi Uusivirta, Robin Packalen, Nelli Matula, Redrama, Jesse Markin, Tapani Rinne and Darude.

More shared activities are available on social media. There are live broadcasts, games and other participatory pastimes on the youth facilities’ social media channels, especially on Instagram and Discord.


Laser installation to light up the night sky

Instead of fireworks, the sky after sunset will be lit up by the radio and laser installation Ajan lennätin (Telegraph of our times) designed by Ilkka Paloniemi and set up in the Olympic Stadium tower. The piece will be visible throughout the Helsinki region for 18 hours, especially from elevated locations with an unobstructed view of the Olympic Stadium tower.


Night of Games with Among Us and Kahoot

The joint Discord channel of the Kannelmäki and Malminkartano youth centres will be hosting a joint Night of Games on 29.12.2020 12:00–18:00. The invitation link will be posted on the youth centres’ Instagram accounts @kantsunnuta and @maltsun_nuta on the day of the event. The event will involve games of Among Us and Kahoot, as well as a CS:GO tournament. The Night of Games event also includes other activities, such as the super fun joke corner.


No need to be lonely around New Year’s

The youth workers can also be contacted directly through social media or by phone. The contact details of the youth workers who can be reached over the holidays can mostly be found on the youth centres’ websites and social media channels.

As the youth centres will be closed until 10.1., youth workers will move around the city even more actively, offering support, opportunities to talk and activities for young people. Discussion support is also available through Sekasin-chat on weekdays 9:00–24:00 and on weekdays 15:00–24:00.


Fun with skating, art or library services

All artificial ice rinks of Helsinki will be available to residents even during the Christmas holidays, except for Christmas Eve 24.12. More detailed opening hours for artificial ice rinks and the ski trails to be prepared in the Paloheinä recreational area once the weather is cold enough can be found on the Outdoor Exercise website.

The Helsinki region boasts almost 500 outdoor sculptures, environmental art pieces and historical monuments. With museums closed, you can experience a sculpture trail on your own by taking one of the pre-planned and themed routes. The Inhale Exhale HAM trail is great for run, for example, and the The Life Path of Tove trail shows how the life of artist Tove Jansson remains a part of Helsinki’s streetscapes and parks. For more information, please visit the HAM website.

The libraries offer limited services: books and other materials can be borrowed and returned using self-service machines, reserved materials can be picked up from the reservation shelf, and materials can be borrowed from limited collection and theme shelves at the machines. A face mask must be worn at the libraries. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, all Helsinki libraries will be closed. More details on the opening hours of local libraries are available on the Helmet website.

Photo: City of Helsinki / Riikka Kantinkoski