Approximately 200 events, which are predominantly free-of-charge, will delight visitors in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti.
During September World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is livelier and more international than ever before. The central events in Helsinki include the Everyday Discoveries – International Design House Exhibition in Suvilahti, Helsinki Design Week, the Habitare Fair, the launch of activities at the Abattoir, and the finale at the Pavilion.
WDC Helsinki 2012’s main international exhibition, Everyday Discoveries – International Design House Exhibition, brings household design treasures from 23 countries for people to see and experience. Everyday Discoveries, free-of-charge, will provide things to see and do for the whole family in Suvilahti, Helsinki between 6 and 16 September 2012.
Everyday Discoveries includes a container village, a café, a design shop and an urban garden. The participating countries will provide entertainment for the visitors from lectures to parties. The visitors will have a chance to experience a North American children’s play park or try out Irish hurling, among many other things. Finland's exhibition will present design solutions for the extreme northern conditions.
The annual Helsinki Design Week and Habitare Fair form the foundation of Design September 2012. Helsinki Design Week will be celebrated between 6 and 16 September 2012, and Habitare will be open between 12 and 16 September. Both the major events are more international this year than ever before.
- The effect of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 is clear. Interest in Finland is high, and Helsinki is seen as a centre of design and a place worth presenting oneself, says Kari Korkman, Director of Helsinki Design Week.
During the HDW Helsinki will also host a number of encounters where representatives of international design weeks and/or communities will hold open talks and conversations aiming to a better international co-operation.
There will also be international guests at various seminars. The European New Towns Platform (ENTP) conference, Suburban Design, held between 12 and 14 September 2012, will spread around Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, and Feeling for Wood will gather experts in wood architecture and design in Lahti between 4 and 7 September 2012. Both events are part of WDC Helsinki 2012’s International Encounters. Feeling for Wood will be open to the general public, and there will be a daily free transport link between Helsinki and Lahti.
There will be a final flourish at the Pavilion before it is closed on Sunday 16 September 2012. September’s programme will include the seniors’ weekend; the HEL/LO – Let’s Talk dialogue between Helsinki and London, and the last Make Helsinki workshop of the summer. The closing weekend will bring together the summer’s best moments. There will be dancing, art classes, films and discussions on better cities.
The international stance is also evident in the exhibitions on offer as BMW Art Cars arrives at Emma from 1 September until 31 October 2012. The exhibition comes directly from the London Olympics to Finland and presents six unique art cars.
Some of the best of Finnish design will be seen between 14 September and 14 October 2012 at Galerie Forsblom, which showcases impressive industrial sculptures at an exhibition carrying the artist's name, Harri Koskinen – Mute.
Helsinki Konsthalle’s Tomás Saraceno exhibition, Amos Anderson Art Museum’s Boutique and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma’s Camouflage form an extensive entity in Helsinki City Centre, which reflects on the connection between art and design.
EMMA’s Nordic Design Today 2012 and WeeGee’s Futuro exhibitions continue their success in Espoo. Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki City Museums and numerous smaller galleries and studios will keep going strong with their exhibitions. Browse the highlights of September here.
So, please, explore your city. Before it’s too late.
Check out the entire programme for the month from here.
This article was originally published at the WDC Helsinki 2012 internetpage, September 3, 2012.