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Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organized annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all. Helsinki Festival programme lineup features classical and world music, circus, dance, theatre, a children’s programme, cinema and a range of urban events. Helsinki Festival operates under the auspices of the Helsinki Week Foundation, established by the City of Helsinki. Helsinki Festival also includes the Night of the Arts that will transform Helsinki into a stage for hundreds of cultural events, performances and surprises. In 2014 Helsinki Festival will also focus on power relations surrounding the built environment. The festival will be at its most visible at the Kansalaistori Square, where Helsinki Festival’s KoeHelsinki urban oasis will have its base. KoeHelsinki is a park filled with art and exciting experiences. Many of the events taking place there will be free of charge.

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15.8.–12.10. – Tatzu Nishi: Hotel Manta of Helsinki
15.8. – Elisabeth Leonskaja
15.8. – Ester Rada
16.8. – Los Lobos
19.8.–20.8. – Back to Back Theatre: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich
19.8.–20.8. – Esa-Pekka Salonen, RSO, Mariinsky Theatre & Dominante: Orango
21.8.–22.8. – Toronto Symphony Orchestra
25.8. – Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall
27.8. – Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion
28.8.–30.8. – Michael Clark Company: animal/vegetable/mineral
7.9. – Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

partners, sponsors and suppliers

Partners: Elisa, Helsingin Sanomat, OP-Pohjola Group

Sponsors: Accenture, Restel Hotel Group, HOK-Elanto, RAY

Suppliers: Akun tehdas, Capman,HEKU, Stopteltat


legal form: Foundation (Helsinki Week Foundation)
year of foundation: 1968
catchment area: international
number of employees: Full-time: 10, Sub-contracted: approx. 10–50
shows/events per year: approx. 200
visitors per year: over 200,000
sources of finance contributions from the public: 2,2 millions
from co-operation with companies: 0,7 million
financial support from City of Helsinki: 1,5 millions
support from the Ministry of Education and Culture: 0,2 million
annual turnover in Euro: 4,6 millions
  • Ester Rada, Photo: Dean Avisar
  • Elisabeth Leonskaja Photo: Julia Wesely
  • Michael Clark,Company: animal, vegetable/mineral, Harry Alexander,Photo: Jake Walters
  • Los Lobos, Photo: Los Lobos