11 August 2014

Helsinki tips August 2014



August  is the back to school month in Finland. The summer holidays are over for most of us, but the summer is still here. August brings a lot of tourists to my beautiful Helsinki. Welcome! I plan to post links to some interesting events, expositions etc. in the beginning of every month. Hopefully it's helpful to my foreign readers. These posts will  be written only in English.

By the way, we who are born and bred in Helsinki call Helsinki "Stadi", people coming from other parts of Finland call it Hesa.

My tips for August (please, check ticket availability yourself):

1. The Helsinki festival (Juhlaviikot) will take place from August 15-31. It's really worth coming to Helsinki only to experience all the diverse events. Just make sure you get the tickets as the most popular events get often sold out early. More info on Helsinki festival

 2. The Night of the Arts will take Place on the 21st August 2014. It's part on the Helsinki festival with lots of events from casual to high brow. More info on the Night of the Arts

3. Diners Club will arrange a food truck lunch (it's not free, but 12 euros/course if you don't have a Diners card. I'm not sure if foreign cards will give you a discount, however). One of the Finnish top chefs Henri Alen from Muru restaurant has composed the menu, which seems to have only two courses. Go early and be ready to queue! I'm sure this is going to be a hit. Unfortunately the web site is only in Finnish and Swedish.

The dates and location:

26.-29.8. at 11.30 AM -2.00 PM next to the railway station, on the east side (Rautatientori)
30.8. from noon to 3 PM next to the railway station, on the west side (Asema-aukio)

Hyvää ruokahalua! (Have a nice lunch!)

4. The Moomins' "mother" Tove Jansson exhibition at the Ateneum art museum goes on until the 7th September. In addition to the Moomins she was a talented painter and caricaturist and wrote other fiction as well. Who doesn't love the Moomins! More info on the Tove Jansson exhibition

5. The National Opera (Ooppera) is about to start the autumn season. Too bad the Tero Saarinen performance is sold out! He one of our most brilliant modern dancers. The Opera is naturally not only about opera, but other song and dance performances as well. More info on the Opera

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