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Helsinki 2014 events

Restaurant Day

Date (To be confirmed):
May 2014

The city celebrates its dyanmic food scene with Restaurant Day, taking plac ......

The city celebrates its dyanmic food scene with Restaurant Day, taking place four times a year, in which pop up restaurants open in parks, courtyards and on street corners, to showcase the best culinary gems of Helsinki.

Venue:
Various venues.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Food & Drink

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World Village Festival

Date :
24 May 2014 - 25 May 2014

Cultures from all over the world meet annually during this Festival in Hels ......

Cultures from all over the world meet annually during this Festival in Helsinki. There is a lot happening from music, circus, dance, theatre, art to various fun filled activities. The Festival also offers new perspectives on tolerant multiculturalism and global issues.

Venue:
Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Music

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Helsinki Pride

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2014

Each summer, Helsinki's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) commu ......

Each summer, Helsinki's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community party and get political at Finland's biggest Pride festival. The annual event promotes equality and openness through discussions, cultural events, parties and a big parade. As many as 3,000 people march through the streets in an eye-popping and colourful display, and overall 10,000 revellers take part in the wider events. Performers and activists rub up alongside spectators and organisers, but the event is not only popular with the LGBT community. It's also a great excuse for the rest of the city to enjoy themselves whilst showing solidarity for a good cause.

Venue:
Kaivopuisto Park.

Address:
Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki, Finland

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Gay & Lesbian

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Helsinki Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
August 2014 - September 2014

The Helsinki Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in Finland, lastin ......

The Helsinki Festival is the largest multi-arts festival in Finland, lasting two weeks, and featuring everything from classical music to pop and world music, from theatre to contemporary dance, and from the visual arts to cinema and children’s events. Related events include art-themed urban culture, as well as Night of the Arts.

Venue:
Various venues.

Event cost:
Varied.

Category:
Entertainment

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Helsinki International Film Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
September 2014

The annual Helsinki Intentional Film Festival offers a great mix of screeni ......

The annual Helsinki Intentional Film Festival offers a great mix of screenings which attracts well over 40,000 film buffs each year to screens throughout the Finnish capital. Filmmakers from all over the world attend the event where visitors can enjoy a mix of shorts, features, documentaries and animations by well-known film-makers and fresh talent alike.

Venue:
Various cinemas in Helsinki.

Event cost:
Varied.

Website:

Category:
Entertainment

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Sirkus Finlandia

Date (To be confirmed):
September 2014 - November 2014

For over 35 years, Sirkus Finlandia has been travelling around Finland betw ......

For over 35 years, Sirkus Finlandia has been travelling around Finland between April and November giving traditional circus performances to more than 200,000 spectators every year. This tour closes at Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park for over a month’s worth of shows and, alongside the regular acrobats, magicians, and clowns, will feature this year’s specialty, camels.

Venue:
Kaisaniemi Park.

Address:
Kaisaniementie 1-3, Helsinki, Finland

Event cost:
From €16.

Category:
Spectacle

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Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair

Date (To be confirmed):
October 2014

Fishermen have been gathering round Helsinki Market Square at the beginning ......

Fishermen have been gathering round Helsinki Market Square at the beginning of October to sell their wares ever since the 18th century. The tradition continues to this day, and each October, Helsinki hosts the Baltic Herring Fair, one of the city's oldest traditional events. The market is packed with salted, pickled and marinated fish and special events also take place. As well as traditional marinade recipes, there are also exotic options on offer too ranging from lemon and rowanberry to cayenne pepper and garlic. Some stalls also sell items such as socks, hats and jumpers made from the wool of sheep living on the remote islands, as well as loaves of the delicious black bread so popular in the Finnish archipelago. On the Saturday of the Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair, traditional sailing ships race each other just off the Helsinki shore, where crowds gather to watch the spectacle. After the race, the ships dock at Market Square for the sailors to attend the Traditional Sailing Ship Meet on the Sunday. The ships are also open for the public to jump on board and look around.

Venue:
Helsinki Market Square.

Address:
Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland

Event cost:
Free to watch.

Category:
Food & Drink

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St Thomas Christmas Market

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2014

Several stalls selling Christmas treats and seasonal crafts line the street ......

Several stalls selling Christmas treats and seasonal crafts line the street of Esplanade Park and Aleksanterinkatu. The Lucia Parade is another seasonal favourite; starting from Senate Square, the parade features elves, horses and historic cars.

Venue:
Esplanade Park.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Entertainment

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We Jazz 2013

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2014

A week-long series of jazz concerts kicks off the first jazz event of its k ......

A week-long series of jazz concerts kicks off the first jazz event of its kind in Helsinki this winter. Local and international artists will take to the stage at a number of different venues throughout the city. The line up includes: Tomasz Stanko Quintet, Timo Lassy Band, Dalindèo, Jukka Perko, Greg Osby, Andrew Cyrille & Mikko Innanen, Jukka Eskola Orquesta Bossa, Oddarrang, Mopo, Black Motor & Verneri Pohjola and Klima Kalima.

Venue:
Various venues.

Event cost:
Various.

Category:
Entertainment

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New Year's Eve celebrations

Date (To be confirmed):
December 2014

New Year’s Eve has been celebrated at Senate Square since 1932. Thousands ......

New Year’s Eve has been celebrated at Senate Square since 1932. Thousands of people gather to celebrate to enjoy musical performances, traditional speeches, greetings and songs. The festivities culminate in brilliant fireworks, after which the partying continues throughout the night all around town.

Venue:
Senate Square.

Address:
Senate Square, Helsinki, Finland

Category:
Entertainment

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Helsinki 2015 events

Lux Helsinki

Date (To be confirmed):
January 2015

When Helsinki plunges into darkness during the long, winter, Lux Helsinki l ......

When Helsinki plunges into darkness during the long, winter, Lux Helsinki literally lights up the city centre with magical light art. The main route stretches from the Olympic Stadium past the Amphitheatre at the Finnish National Opera, Hesperia Park, Kansalaistori and Kiasma to Baana and Senate Square. In total, 13 impressive light installations by Finnish and international artists can be viewed every night when the sun sets.

Venue:
Various venues.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Spectacle

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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