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Helsinki Festivals

Helsinki or also called as ‘Helsingfors’ has been the Finnish capital from the year 1812. The city is also the cultural capital of the country and hosts many world renowned events and festivals like the Flow Festival, World Village Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki Pride, etc. People from all over the world come together to celebrate these exciting festivals and tour this Nordic city. Have a look at some of the most recommended music events and art festivals in the city.

Helsinki Festival (Helsingin Juhlaviikot)
Helsingin Juhlaviikot

Helsinki Festival (Helsingin Juhlaviikot)

Helsinki Festival (Swedish: Helsingfors festspel) is celebrated for 17 days from late August to early September. It is an annual celebration of music, dance, theatre and visual arts is participated by Finnish artists and international performers. As Finland's grandest event, the Helsinki Festival experiences tourism overflow where visitors and locals alike enjoy the jolly atmosphere while the festival. The air of mixed cultural expression and modern spirit of youth is evident all over Helsinki. Concerts, jazz, pop music, opera and various entertainment forms await all participants.

Address: Lasipalatsi, Mannerheimintie 22-24, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 61265100

Walpurgis Night (Vappu)
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Walpurgis Night (Vappu)

One of Finland's biggest festivals, the Walpurgis Night or Vappu, is a carnival-like festival, celebrated on 30 April or May 1. Observed exactly six months from All Hallows' Eve, this annual spring event encourages bountiful picnics with the unrestrained usage of alcohol and sparkling wine!

Address: along the city streets of Finland

Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä)
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Independence Day (Itsenäisyyspäivä)

Finland's independence from Russia is celebrated on December 6. The Independence Day (Swedish: självständighetsdagen) is a flag day and national public holiday. The festivities start off with the raising of the flag in Helsinki, continuing with a religious service at the Helsinki Cathedral, visits to the WWII Memorial, and the telecast of the gala reception at the Presidential Palace known as Linnan juhlat. No more than 2000 selected guests are invited to this event. These include politicians, dignitaries, members of Parliament and Government, bishops, high-ranking officials, diplomats, and the president's own choosing which usually consists of celebrities, athletes, icons or anyone who made a mark that year.

Midsummer (Juhannus)
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Midsummer (Juhannus)

Midsummer or Juhannus in Finnish is when the shortest night of the year occurs and the longest day is ahead celebrated between June 20th - June 26th. Celebrated in commemoration of St. John, Midsummer centres upon the period of the summer solstice when locals retreat to their summer houses and burn large bonfires. Those of Swedish descent put up poles embellished with ribbons and flowers. This tradition is one of Finland's most important events. It is also Finland's National Flag Day.

Address: at lakesides and by the sea

Flow Festival
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Flow Festival

The Flow Festival also known as Flow is celebrated in the initial weeks of August and is stationed near the Helsinki city centre. It is a popular art and music festival held in Helsinki. Almost all kinds of music from rock to jazz are presented here and you can explore the talents of many national and international artists. Apart from music, visitors can also enjoy film screenings, visual arts, talk shows and design events.

World Village Festival (Maailma Kylässä)
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World Village Festival (Maailma Kylässä)

The World Village Festival (Swedish: Världen i byn) is held every year in the month of May and is eagerly visited by thousands of guests. Started in 1995, the festival is free for everybody and presents arts and culture from all over the world. Visitors can enjoy dance performances, concerts, theatre, literature as well as food from different parts of the world.

Helsinki International Film Festival
HIFF

Helsinki International Film Festival

This festival is held in September every year and is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Helsinki. The festival endorses the art of filmmaking and celebrates all kinds of films. They also showcase films that are controversial and normally not displayed. This 11- day festival was named after the film Love and Anarchy, by Lina Wertmüller.

Address: Simonkatu 12 B 1300100 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 10 3156 100

Helsinki Samba Carnaval
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Helsinki Samba Carnaval

The Helsinki Samba Carnaval is organised by the Finland Samba Schools Association (SSKL) and is one of the most-awaited events of the city. The carnival takes place in June and is hugely inspired from the Brazilian Carnival. During the carnival, the streets are filled with generously dressed samba dancers from the samba schools, and locals as well as tourists gather on the streets to watch the revelries.

Assembly (Demoparty)
Assembly

Assembly (Demoparty)

The Assembly is one of the most popular gaming events in Finland which takes place between late July and early August and also in winters in January or February. Established in the year 1992, by Amiga demo groups Complex and Rebels, and the PC demo group Future Crew, this festival includes numerous competitions from which winners are chosen and awarded. These events are a result of the joint efforts of over 200 volunteers.

Address: Kaivokatu 8b, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Animatricks
Animatricks

Animatricks

The Animatricks is the biggest animation festival held in Helsinki which is celebrated every year in April. This is a unique festival in the country that focuses solely on animation films. Finnish as well as international films are showcased here. This festival also facilitates a meeting point for the animation professionals, artists and fans. Competitions are also organised and the winners are awarded accordingly.

Address: c/o Gigglebug Entertainment, Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 15 A, 00260 Helsinki, Finland

Baltic Circle Festival
Baltic Circle Festival

Baltic Circle Festival

Organised in November, the Baltic Circle Festival is a contemporary theatre festival that was started from the year 2000. This festival takes place in theatres and venues at different locations in the city. Other events like workshops, discussions, seminars, training programs and recitals also take place at this festival. The festival mainly strives to bring together artists from the Baltic and Nordic countries.

Finnish Metal Expo (FME)

Finnish Metal Expo (FME)

The Finnish Metal Expo was founded in 2005 at the Cable Factory. The festival consists of many events like fairs, heavy metal karaoke, music events and also competitions. Finnish Metal Awards are awarded to the deserving candidates.

Funky Elephant (Funky Amigos)
Funky Elephant

Funky Elephant (Funky Amigos)

True to its name ‘Funky Elephant’ is a jazzy springtime music festival that takes place every year in Helsinki. Visitors can enjoy a variety of musical genres at this festival; however, the black rhythm music style is the predominant one. Established in 1994, this festival included genres like soul, funk, jazz, Hip hop, Latin, reggae, afrobeat, etc. The festival is organised at the Tavastia Club, and many well-known artists have performed here.

Address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00540 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Burlesque Festival
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Helsinki Burlesque Festival

The Helsinki Burlesque Festival is celebrated every year in late winter. The burlesque festival was started by the Hulapirates Team in the year 2008, and is celebrated for one whole week. This festival mainly consists of performances by the burlesque artists, and the chief event is held on a Saturday of the second week. Apart from the performances, other programs like workshops and classes are also arranged.

Helsinki Comics Festival
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Helsinki Comics Festival

The Helsinki Comics Festival is the biggest comic-related festival in northern Europe. Held in the beginning of September, this festival is being organised by the Finnish Comics Society since the year 1979. The events related to this consist of exhibitions, competitions, presentations, comic guests, discussions, lectures, children's activities and many more. This is one of the most popular festivals across Europe and is visited by more than 20,000 visitors.

Helsinki Pride
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Helsinki Pride

Celebrated in the last week of June, the Helsinki Pride is the largest cultural and human rights event in Finland. This LGBT pride event is celebrated for a week and includes workshops, discussions, meetings, art fairs and parties. Rainbow coloured programs are organised, of which the Saturday's Pride parade is the biggest event. Entertaining events, programs are also organised in the nightclubs of Helsinki.

IHME Contemporary Art Festival
IHME Festival

IHME Contemporary Art Festival

The IHME Contemporary Art Festival is created and managed by the Pro Arte Foundation Finland and consists of art events like discussions, lectures, workshops and educational art projects. The festivals also include Ihme Days, Ihme Project, Ihme Publications, and Ihme School. The festival strives to promote art and enhance its visibility to the public.

Summer Sound Festival
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Summer Sound Festival

The Summer Sound Festival is the biggest electronic music festival (EDM) held in Northern Europe and has been mesmerising its audience since the year 2012. This one-day festival can easily be considered the highlight of the season and millions of people visit the city to experience it. Visitors can enjoy great music in an amazing atmosphere at the festival.

Helsinki Beer Festival
Helsinki Beer Festival

Helsinki Beer Festival

The Helsinki Beer Festival present beers, ciders and drinks of around 30 Finnish microbreweries as well many foreign brewers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of beers, ciders, ales and other drinks along with food, live music and other entertainment programs. The festival has a different theme every year.

Address: Karjalankatu 2 A 3rd floor, 00520 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Coffee Festival
Helsinki Coffee Festival

Helsinki Coffee Festival

The Helsinki Coffee Festival is an event arranged especially for all the coffee lovers and professionals. Here you can taste different types of coffees around the world and also learn how to make a coffee with Barista guided tour. Different kinds of events and competitions are organised along with live music, DJs, delicacies and many entertainment programs.

Address: Erottajankatu 9b (4. kerros), 00130 Helsinki, Finland

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