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Happy Helsinki takes over the urban space

Happy Helsinki takes over the urban space with a series of dazzling artistic feats, unfolding in a number of unexpected venues across Helsinki. During the eight-day run, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy music, dance, siestas and much, much more. The series culminates in the Night of the Arts extravaganza on Friday 27 August.

Happy Helsinki series has been created by choreographer Sami Saikkonen, musician Pekka Kuusisto, environmental artist Kaisa Salmi, painter Markku Hakuri and art duo Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen.

The series includes:


The artist Riikka Aresalo will be erecting swings in Finlandia Park at Töölönlahti Bay. Have a seat, enjoy the ride, hear the trees.

20.8.-27.8. Finlandia Park, Töölönlahti Bay


The Bad Ass Brass band and Reino Nordin will be setting up musical fun & games at the Glass Palace Square. Step into the grid and move from square to square to find out what effect it has on the ensemble and their music. Game design Pekka Kuusisto. Glass Palace Square, Mannerheimintie 22-24

22.8. 16:00-17:00
24.8. 16:00-17:00
26.8. 16:00-17:00


On Monday 23 August, the Happy Tram will be touring Helsinki on the number 3 route from 12:30 to 18:00. You will not need to buy a ticket - you pay for your journey by smiling and waving as you ride along. You will recognise the tram by the :) symbol. Bring your friends and spread some joy!


Happy Helsinki invites you to take a siesta to the sound of a string ensemble. Have a snooze, and a break from the everyday grind, in nap stations designed by the artist Kaisa Salmi. From Monday.

23.8. at 12-14 Rautatientori Square
24.8. at 12-14 Glass Palace
25.8. at 12-14 Rautatientori Square
26.8. at 12-14 Vanhan kirkon puisto (park)
27.8. at 12-14 Vanhan kirkon puisto (park)


On Friday 27 August at 18:00, head over to the Senate Square where dancer and choreographer Sami Saikkonen will lead the assembled crowds in a collective dance performance. You will also be treated to Pekka Kuusisto's Happy Helsinki song, as performed by an orchestra made up of Happy Helsinki volunteers and the Bad Ass Brass Band. To perfect your dance moves in advance, please visit: www.hs.fi/taidekutsuu (the heading, "Senaatintorille")

Helsinki Festival and Helsingin Sanomat are still seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help run the series. Anyone interested in taking part is invited to sign up through our website from Friday 25 June (see more info here). Further information will be sent to all prospective volunteers by e-mail once an application has been submitted.