Culture

A Night at the Sauna

Sauna (c) by comedy_nose

It had scarcely been a week upon my arrival in Helsinki that I got the invitation to visit a sauna. It really was a warm welcome to Finland, in many ways.

Heureka Science Center

Heureka

Helsinki’s Heureka Science Center opened in 1989 with the purpose of making scientific knowledge accessible to everyone. Guests should plan on spending at least three hours exploring Heureka’s exhibits. There are more than 200 exhibits in the permanent collection, not including the planetarium. Heureka also regularly hosts two temporary exhibitions. In order to serve visitors from around the world, exhibit texts are translated into Finnish, Swedish and English. One of the most-visited exhibitions at the […]

The World Federation for the Deaf

Sign language

Every language is a culture in itself, what has been called a “languaculture.” Like each languaculture in different nations and societies, there’s also a usually unnoticed but very strongly present worldwide deaf culture and Sign Language. The cohesive representing body for Sign Language is the World Federation for the Deaf (WFD), and their international headquarters is right here in Helsinki.

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Helsinki’s modern art museum is architecturally one of the most interesting buildings in Helsinki and can be found right in the center near the Helsinki Central Railway Station. More than three million people visited Kiasma in 2011, and it’s one of the must see places for anyone interested in art and culture. Kiasma opened in 1998. The building was designed by the renowned architect Steven Holl. The name of the museum is derived from the […]

Helsinki Summer Festivals 2012

Tuska

Helsinki’s summer is full of music concerts and festivals. There are lots of world class artists on stage this year, such as Metallica, Sting, Kent, Björk, ZZ Top and many more. Music genres vary from electronic music to pop/rock and jazz, so everyone can find their own favourite festival in Helsinki. To make the selection easier, here’s a list of the biggest festivals in Helsinki and nearby areas. Name of the event What? When? Where? […]

Linnanmäki Amusemenet Park

Linnanmäki

Open for business since 1950, Helsinki’s only amusement park is Linnanmäki.  More than one million people visit the amusement park each year to enjoy the games, arcades, thrill rides, performances and restaurants of Linnanmäki Amusement Park. The Wooden Roller Coaster, or Vuoristorata, is the park’s most well-known ride. It has been operating since 1951. The oldest ride in the park, the carousel, was built in 1896. It officially became part of Linnanmäki in 1954. Additional […]

Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Old Finnish house in Seurasaari

Seurasaari is a small, uninhabited island near Helsinki. Locals and tourists from around the world flock to Seurasaari to enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Seurasaari is densely forested and is home to many varieties of wildlife. Hares, birds and red squirrels are just a few of the animals that live on the island. People also travel to Seurasaari to enjoy the nude beach, the midsummer bonfire and the outdoor museum. The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum was […]

Helsinki Music Center

Helsinki Music Center

The Helsinki Music Center is located in a well-traveled area, between Kiasma Art Museum and Finlandia Hall. Before construction on the Music Center started in 2008, the land was the home of the VR warehouses. The building was completed in 2011 and is home to a 1,700-seat concert hall and five smaller halls. The halls include dedicated space for chamber music, chamber opera, organs, rehearsal and electrically amplified music. Students of the Helsinki Music Center’s […]

Ateneum

Ateneum

Helsinki’s Ateneum is home to Finland’s largest collection of classical art. The museum is located opposite the Helsinki Central Railway Station in Rautatientori square. In the past, the building was home to the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts as well as Helsinki’s University of Art and Design. The building housing the museum is a work of art itself. Designed by Theodor Höijer in 1887, the building’s exterior is decorated with statues, reliefs and many symbolic […]

DocPoint 2012 – Documentary Film Festival in Helsinki

Film Reel

Next week (24.-29.1.2011) the largest documentary film festival in the Nordic countries, DocPoint, will begin for the 11th time.  It’s the only film festival in Finland dedicated to documentaries. The festival features a wide variety of documentaries from all over the world. A selection of old classics as well as brand new documentary films are presented and there’s even a special selection for documentaries for children. Almost all of the films will have subtitles in […]