Helsinki Design Week
6 – 16 September 2018
Helsinki Design Week was first held in 2005 and has since established itself as the largest design festival in northern Europe. It takes place annually in September in the Finnish capital and is a meeting place for multidisciplinary creative people and those interested in design.
The festival takes place at various venues such as museums, markets, seminar rooms, and shops in Helsinki. Helsinki Design Week provides inspiration for architecture, fashion design, food, graphic design, industrial and product design, interior design, sustainability, and urban planning and is intended to appeal to a diverse and interested public. On 15 and 16 September 2018, a weekend will be specifically organised for younger visitors, with a programme entirely designed for children. Various workshops for children and families are also offered during the week.
The main venue of the festival is Helsinki City Hall, where exhibitions and discussions take place, which try to answer questions about whom and what Helsinki trusts and how design can be used to build trust. Other offerings include the exhibition “Hungarian Designers in Search of Sustainability” in which Hungarian designers examine both their own, and Finnish, approaches to sustainability. There will also be an exhibition by the Finnish handicraft and design business Artisaani, in which paper sculptures, watercolours, and acrylic paintings made largely of recycled material are on display, and the “Weaving Kiosk”, a concept by the textile designer Rosa Tolnov Clausen, which includes workshops on learning handweaving and raises awareness of handicrafts in our modern age. With this diverse programme, the organisers not only want to appeal to as many visitors as possible, but also make Helsinki a place to attract lively, multifaceted creative people.