The 20th Night of the Arts promises 12 hours of uninterrupted arts display for all of those with an appreciation for the arts.
IN 1989 several art institutions considered the idea of displaying their art during the evening hours in the still-bright late summer, opening their doors to everybody interested in enjoying a night full of art in Helsinki until the wee hours.
The first Night of the Arts, being part of the Helsinki Festival, was created by The Academic Bookshop and the Association of Art Students. Today, Helsinki transforms into an art stage for over 200 events.
Suvi Saloniemi, the Producer of the Helsinki Festival, recommends the following events as a must-see:
The Rock, Rhythm & Love concert
Celebrating 40 years of the Helsinki Festival, the concert will be a time machine travelling back to 1968 when The Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, among others, sealed the hearts of generations with messages of love and peace, letting them dream in the sea of their music.
A revival of those golden times will start at 18:00 with a warm up in the Senate Square, followed by the concert at 20:30 with a considerable crowd singing along to the top five songs voted on the Helsingin Sanomat website.
Films and 1968
Lasipalatsinaukio turns into an open-air-cinema screening of films from 1968. Film lovers can’t miss this chance to see Don’t Look Back, Midnight Cowboy, and the new film Across the Universe. The Itäkeskus outdoor cinema will screen Woodstock.
Jazz picnic in Töölönlahti
From 18:00 to 04:00 there will be 24 different events in the Finlandiapuisto. You can bring your own picnic basket or buy picnic food. DJs will play jazz music. At 01:00 the talented saxophonist Timo Lassy is going to play live.
High quality art in an urban environment. Video projections from the Kiasma collections. Flea market and antiques.
Experimental City Consultant
From 22:00 to 01:00 it is time to experience the city looking for the unexpected, following instructions that could lead you to an unforgettable moment. There is no time for depression and loneliness when happiness can be around the corner. Ask “the doctor” at Kasarmintori for your happiness kit.
Poetry Moon and the events at the Cable Factory are also recommended. There is too much to see and to do in what will be an ideal night to explore and discover Helsinki. All the events are free of charge unless specified otherwise. For the complete programme see: www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/taiteidenyo
Susan Fourtane – Helsinki Times
Riitta Sourander – Image