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14.–30.8.
2015

In 2015, the Helsinki Festival is organised on 14.–30.8.2015.
The programme is published in April.

Animaakarit (c) Sac Magique

The Animakers – an interactive animation exhibition

Try your hand at animation, watch short films and find out more about the animation process.

One hundred years of Finnish animation will be celebrated at Annantalo. This interactive exhibition offers you the chance to try your hand at animation, watch short films and find out more about the animation process. During Helsinki Festival, we will be offering a busy programme of activities and experiences. Also in store are film screenings at Orion cinema, weekend workshops for families and the Animation revolution event that will invite participants to get pixellated and appear in an animation as themselves. In co-operation with: Annantalo Arts Centre, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finnanimation, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI, Finlandssvenskt filmcentrum, Animaatioklinikka, Animaatiokopla, Anima Vitae, Rovio
21.08. - 18.01.
Catherine Balet: Strangers #3. From the series Strangers in the Light

#snapshot

The Finnish Museum of Photography’s #snapshot exhibition sets out to update the snapshot concept.

Never before have ordinary people generated such a wealth of photographs, and had the ability to share them with such wide audiences, as today. The Finnish Museum of Photography’s #snapshot exhibition sets out to update the snapshot concept. Consisting primarily of photographs taken by ordinary people, images sourced from the internet, historic snapshots and selfies as well as an overview of the history of the selfie, the exhibition also features new works by international artists commenting on the phenomenon. The exhibition is realised as an interactive experience both on-site and online. Visitors’ own images will be incorporated in the Curate your own life section, while the extensive programme of activities includes an instagramwalk and a selfie workshop. In co-operation with: The Finnish Museum of Photography, Futurice Oy, University of Tampere School of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT)
21.08. - 18.01.
Tatzu Nishi (c) Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Tatzu Nishi: Hotel Manta of Helsinki

Japanese artist invites everyone to view their familiar urban environment through new eyes.

Sculptures and monuments have occupied some of the choicest spots in Helsinki for so long that they have been rendered nearly invisible. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi invites everyone to view their familiar urban environment through new eyes, transforming their perceptions of their surroundings by constructing private spaces, such as a living or hotel room around large-scale public artworks. Helsinki Festival and Helsinki City Art Museum have extended a joint invitation to the internationally-renowned Nishi, who now arrives on his first visit to the Nordic countries. From among the city’s public art works, Nishi has chosen to transform the enduringly popular Havis Amanda fountain. Join us to find out how little we know the things we take for granted. Production: Helsinki Art Museum In co-operation with: Design Museum, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Restel   Hanko Sushi Lunchboxes Lunchboxes produced by Chef Hiromitsu Nozaki, will be on sale by Hanko Sushi from 28th August, just outside of Hotel Manta.  Mr. Nozaki, Executive Head Chef of the restaurants Tokuyama and Waketokuyama in Japan, is a renowned Japanese chef specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine.
15.08. - 12.10.
The Night of the Arts

The Night of the Arts

Helsinki slang songs, on-street waltzing, poetry, rap? What’s on the programme for this year’s Night of the Arts? You decide!

Helsinki slang songs, on-street waltzing, poetry, rap? Yarn bombing, baby cinema or even an art yurt? What’s on the programme for this year’s Night of the Arts? You decide! Help us organise the ultimate arts carnival in the Finnish capital. In addition to established contributors, such as the city’s museums, book shops, theatres and cultural centres, Helsinki Festival is now encouraging every single Helsinkian to discover their own inner artist. This year, you can get involved in creating the Night of the Arts as well as experiencing it. You can sign up to the Night of the Arts programme through this site starting from 22 April 2015. The Night of the Arts will take place on Thursday 20 August 2015.  
20.08.
Tommi Toija: Yksin/Ensam/Alone 2014 (c) Amos Andersonin taidemuseo/ Stella Ojala

Tommi Toija: Mutatis mutandis

In Toija’s sculptures we discover ourselves – and our friends and loved ones.

A boy clutching a balloon watches it intently, another boy is seen, confidently, trustingly, waving a friend goodbye, while elsewhere a drunk slumps against a wall. We all know what it is to brood, to feel embarrassed or ashamed, to make a scene. In Tommi Toija’s sculptures we discover ourselves – and our friends and loved ones. Toija works with everyday materials – clay, leftover pieces of veneer, hardware store finds and loot from skips. His endearing little man figure has appeared in several exhibitions over the past decade. Now, Toija has re-created him in truly enormous proportions. Bad Bad Boy, a more than 8 metres high concrete sculpture will soon appear in the vicinity of Helsinki’s Kauppatori market. In co-operation with:
15.08. - 27.10.