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Helsinki Night of the Arts

On Thursday this week during the annual one-day festival, Night of the Arts, Helsinki truly did its best to organise a wide range cultural events, exhibitions, workshops, performances and surprises to people of all ages.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fishes_cathedral

The Night of the Arts in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is actually a festival within a festival, taking place every August during the fortnight of Helsinki Festival, locally known as Helsingin Juhlaviikot. Traditionally most of the events during the Night of the Arts (Taiteiden yö) were free of charge and went on until late in the evening. Also museums, galleries and bookshops were open till late.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fish_blue_01

I have always been culturally very curious and active but I have to confess that I really do not understand a single bit of arts. Having said that the Night of the Arts is a perfect opportunity to all active and non-active people to wander the streets of Helsinki, soak up the cultural and arts events while enjoying the magical atmosphere of warm late summer evening.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_02Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_paint

This is what we experienced during the Night of the Arts in Helsinki this year:

Colour Splash at Kiasma Museum of Modern Art

We started our art exploration at Kiasma Museum of Modern Art. The museum building itself with winding staircases, curvy corridors and glass ceiling is a beautiful piece of modern art and architecture.Helsinki_kiasma_museumofmodernartAt Kiasma we saw a colourful exhibition called Happy Together by Choi Jeong Hwa, a famous contemporary artist from South Korea. His pieces of work were full of colour and joy, at the same time calling our attention to the materialistic world we live in, the excess of goods, and the ubiquity of plastic.

Plastic Jungle by Choi Jeong Hwa.

Plastic Jungle by Choi Jeong Hwa.

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Flower Chandelier by Choi Jeong Hwa.

Summer Evening Magic at Secret Garden

After Kiasma we headed to a secret garden party held in the courtyard of Kaartin lasaretti, behind Hietalahti market hall. I did not even know that a green oasis like this existed in the city centre, so it was great to explore totally new places. In this magical garden we had some tasty street food under lush green trees decorated with fairy lights and balloons, and watched some amazing aerial acrobatics while children were busy with flower and circus workshops as well as wall painting.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_01Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_flowerworkshopHelsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_flowerworkshop_01Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_secretgarden_wallpainting

Exhibition by Eero Aarnio at Design Museum

Then we continued to Design Museum, which has already become my tradition during the Night of the Arts. We saw a stunning exhibition by Eero Aarnio, a Finnish designer who became internationally known with the Ball Chair. I absolutely love his furniture and lamps, so as soon as I get a new house I will buy some of his pieces.

Ball Chair and Puppies by Eero Aarnio.

Ball Chair and Puppies by Eero Aarnio.

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The Tree and Peacock by Eero Aarnio.

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Double Bubble and Stools by Eero Aarnio.

Sea Lives by the Cathedral

At the end of the evening we headed to Senate Square by the majestic Helsinki Cathedral to see one of the main events of the Night of the Arts, the Sea Lives installation by South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa. He had created lots of colourful and gigantic marine animals are such as a green octopus with long legs and fish in all possible colours from recycled plastic bags with the aim to draw people’s attention to marine protection and the massive plastic rafts that float in the oceans.Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fish_cathedralHelsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_octopusHelsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_octopus_01Helsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fish_blackHelsinki_nightofthearts_taiteidenyö_sealives_fishteeth

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Rhodes: Picture-perfect Ancient Village of Lindos

Stunning whitewashed houses climbing amphitheatrically the slopes of a hill topped with a fortress at the end of a sweeping blue bay with a golden sandy beach make Lindos one of the most captivating villages in Rhodes.Rhodes_LindosLocated some 50 km from Rhodes Town, Lindos is picturesque more than anything. The scenery with turquoise waters is absolutely Continue reading


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Charmed by Koskinou – the Prettiest Village in Rhodes

Colours. Colours. Colours. Traditional Greek houses decorated with bright colours, vibrant colours, vivid colours. This is what the charming village of Koskinou is famous for. Colours. Red. Blue. Yellow. Green. Brown. Pink. Turquoise.Fotor_147083377736882 Continue reading


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2 Weeks in Rhodes – Island of Knights

I just spent 2 amazing weeks on the Greek island of Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands just 16 km from the Turkish coast, known for its beaches, ancient ruins and Rhodes Old Town, the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Rhodes_LindosAcropolis Continue reading


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Helsinki: Secret Garden Getaways in the City

Our cities hide a huge amount of secret paradises that are hidden from the general public’s eye. This summer I have gone out and about to discover totally new sides of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. And yes, I have found truly incredible hidden gems. Helsinki street art totally blew me away with colourful graffitis and murals. Whereas the dark side of Helsinki can been explored at Kruunuvuori Ghost Town. However, the hidden green secret of Helsinki is definitely the beautiful allotment and community garden areas with cute little summer cottages (siirtolapuutarha in Finnish).Helsinki_allotmentgarden_cottage_red_03A secret green garden with a small holiday house in the city. How does that sound to you? I absolutely love the sound of this. And yes, they do exist in Helsinki, almost in the city centre. Continue reading


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9 New Places to Visit in Helsinki

Again this summer, many fascinating new places of interest have opened up in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, especially by the seaside and in the archipelago but also on the outskirts of the city centre. The following new places are my absolute favourites this summer!Helsinki_loyly_02

1 + 2. Former Military Islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari

Formerly used for military purposes by the Finnish Defence Forces, these two mysterious secret islands, Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari in Helsinki archipelago, were opened to the public in May 2016. With plenty of unspoilt wild nature the islands offer a chance to Continue reading


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Helsinki: Visit to Small Recreational Island Lonna

The former military island of Lonna in Helsinki archipelago might be tiny but it is a perfect island getaway on a sunny day, just a 7-minute boat ride from Helsinki Market Square. Once closed to the public, this small 150 metre long island played a significant role in history and had many functions, mostly related to military operations during wartimes. Among others, Lonna was used by the Russian Navy as a sea mine depot in the 1880s. In the 1920s the island was used as a base for clearing mines. Later in the post-war period ships were demagnetised here.Lonna_helsinki_picnic Continue reading

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