Helsinki Living Streets takes culture to the streets and invites city dwellers to enjoy encounters and togetherness in the city center

The Living Streets of series of events has been produced with separate funding for pandemic recovery, and its purpose is to inspire residents to rediscover the center of Helsinki. The curation of the program has focused as much as possible on employing freelancers in various fields of art. The pandemic silenced the city center, but this summer the city comes to life and invites people to enjoy the summer spirit of Helsinki with the whole family.

You can find the living streets of Helsinki in the Helsinki Biennial Pavilion at the Market Square, in the Magazine Park in the Töölönlahti area, in the summer yard of the National Museum, in the Espa stage and in the city’s Summer Streets. From the Design Museum. There is a sightseeing program for every age and every Thursday and several weekends.

From bold circus art to poems by Pentti Saarikoski accompanied by Brass Winders

The program is a comprehensive blend of a variety of performing arts. Secret cartoonists will perform on Thursday, June 16, at the Helsinki Biennale Pavilion, Park and Summer Streets to draw “secret portraits” of city dwellers who can preserve portraits as memorabilia. Street musicians are also heard.

On the Thursday before Midsummer, June 23, performances will be shown at Summer Street and the Helsinki Biennale Pavilion, e.g. Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin Goes ROOTS, which combines flamenco and the spirit of the in poetry Pentti Saarikoski, and the contemporary circus band Blind Gut Company with the whole family performing “Like a Fish in a Tree.” At the Helsinki Biennale Pavilion, street dance and ritual movements will meet on July 7 in the dance performance X ∙ over created by the dancer-choreographer. Ben Fury in the summer to Helsinki.

Workshops are organized for children and adults, for example, on Sunday, June 26: In the summer yard of the National Museum, Hupsansaa’s summer flower shop creates enchanting flower decorations and small bouquets with real flowers. Pride on Sunday 3.7. In Töölönlahti Makasiinipuisto, you can take part in a drama game workshop or a finger painting workshop, and there will be stories suitable for the whole family during the Drag story period.

In July, the living streets of Helsinki will take over the Espa scene by bringing a completely new kind of program to the park. Lead Jamie MacDonald and Aatu Raitala Aatu and Jamie’s summer stand up at Kallio’s Mascot Bar will bring a stand up comedy to Espa for the first time. There is also a dance and improv theater on stage.

Admission to all of these summer events is free and no pre-registration is required.

The summer streets, Kasarmikatu, Pieni Roobertinkatu, Korkeavuorenkatu and Erottajankatu, together form the Helsinki City Walking Network, where in addition to the art program, the streets have been made more comfortable by adding plants, rest areas and children’s playgrounds and restricting motor traffic.

The full program of Helsinki’s Living Streets can be found at website. Let your feet take you to great art experiences!

Source: City of Helsinki Department of Culture and Leisure

Source: The Nordic Page




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