The official day of commemoration for the city was first held in 1959, meaning 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Helsinki Day. In anticipation of that milestone and fresh from the year long party to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence, this year’s Helsinki day celebrations are expected to be filled with joy and excitement.
Across the city, locals and visitors turn out in their thousands on the 12th June each year to enjoy music, performances, tours, exhibitions, traditional foods and activities. Local volunteers are coordinated by associations, clubs and organisations to make sure the day runs smoothly, under the leadership of Helsinki Marketing.
The day kicks off with official business such as coffee and rhubarb pie with the mayor and the presentation of unique awards such as the City Slang Man and Woman of the Year, Sports Person of the Year and Helsinki Day Baby. Once the formalities are over, crowds disperse and enjoy some many of the hundreds of events, all free of charge, being held in the city throughout the day.
Many of the city’s cultural institutions such as the Concert Hall at the Helsinki Music Centre, the Theatre Museum, the Finnish Museums of Photography and Architecture and the Didrichsen Art Museum will offer free entry as well as open doors and guided tours all day. There will be open air dance lessons, aerobics and parkour demonstrations and karaoke and for the kids, SEA LIFE aquarium is free all day and the Helsinki Zoo is offering free entry to the first 1000 visitors.
There is a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary to be enjoyed this year at the Helsinki Day celebrations – from food to music, art to children’s activities. It’s an event enjoyed by all ages, and as Finland launches itself into its next 100 years of freedom, a day that will certainly be filled with jubilation and happiness for those in Helsinki and its regions.
Helsinki Day celebrations will be held on Tuesday 12th June 2018 in Helsinki’s city centre. For more information see the Helsinki Day website.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)