Thursday, August 21, 2014

Street Gastro at Stockmann

Street food is booming in Helsinki. For that reason Finland's biggest department store Stockmann starts their street food campaign today. Till the end of September you can get delicious street food ingredients from Stockmann Herkku. Buy e.g. Street Gastro's delicous pulled pork straight from the meat counter. Or check out all their other offers.
Keskuskatu at Stockmann

Or get the real deal right away. From today until Saturday Street Gastro and other food trucks will be on Keskuskatu selling their delicious sandwiches fresh from the grill.

Check it out and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Night of the Arts 2014

Don't miss tomorrow's Night of the Arts in Helsinki. The city will once again transform into a stage for hundreds of cultural events and performances.

Night of the Arts 2013

This year the arts carnival, which is part of the Helsinki Festival, is already held for the 26th time. The most exciting thing about the Night of the Arts is that it invites not only renowned artist but everyone to show and exhibit their own art that night. To find out what's happening in the city tomorrow visit the website and find a map of all the things happening. Make sure to already pick your favorites. There is just too much going on to see everything.

Have a great Night of the Arts!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A hotel for Amanda

Some of you might have wondered where Havis Amanda suddenly went. Around her fountain between Esplanadi and Kauppatori a black container has been errected and there is no sign of the statue.

Hotel Manta in Helsinki

This container is a project of the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi and is part of the Helsinki Festival. It's called Hotel Manta and it actually is a real hotel. With just one room though. And the middle of this room is formed by Havis Amanda. Till October 12 the hotel is already fully booked and unfortunately there is no chance anymore for you to spend one night in the same room with the famous statue.

You can however visit the hotel during the day. Every day from 11.30 till 17.30 the hotel opens for visitors. For an entrance fee of 3 euros you can see the interiour and how Havis Amanda has been integrated into it. To get a first impression of Nashi's installation you can also have a first peek at the pictures by MTV3.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Art goes Kapakka

The art festival Art goes Kapakka already started last week but there is still a lot of great program to come during the upcoming couple of days. Art goes Kapakka is all about combining art and food and is celebrated in 34 restaurants throughout the city. Music, theatre, dance, choirs, food menues, art exhibitions, science panels and fashion shows are awaiting you.

Art goes Kapakka at Bryggeri

Till August 23 there something is happening every day. Check out the program and find your favorites.

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Restaurant Day

Today the Restaurant Day is held again. Hundreds of small pop-ups can be found in and around Helsinki again offering a huge variety of all kinds of food. 

basement pop-up at the Restaurant Day

And today should be the perfect day for the Restaurant to take place since according to the weather forecast it is the last day with temperatures over 20 degrees for a while.

As always you can find all participating restaurants on the official website or on the Restaurant Day app. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tori Quarters Street Festival

Live music, street food, barbecue, urban playground for kids, cargo bike gathering, courtyard dinner and outdoor evening club. All that and more is waiting for you today at the Torikortellit next to Senaatintori.

Bock Terrace at Torikortellit

The festival already started and will last till after midnight. Don't miss out on the great program in the inviting yards in the historical center of Helsinki.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Helsinki Festival 2014

Today the Helsinki Festival starts. And it will go on till the end of August. Two weeks of full program in and around the city lay ahead of us.

Senaatintori in Helsinki

The Helsinki Festival is Finland's biggest multi-art festival and at the same time marks the end of the summer festival season. The heart of the festival will be the KoeHelsinki (Experience Helsinki) festival park at Kansalaistori. Many great performers such as Los Lobos, Ginger Baker and Finnish star Jonna Tervomaa will be on stage during the two weeks.

Find out more about the festival and the whole program on the official website and have great upcoming two weeks!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Win with #kamppi

Want to win a 100 € gift certificate for Kamppi Kauppakeskus? Then just tweet, tag or post using the hashtag #kamppi on Twitter or like their Facebook page and you have a chance to win.

#kamppi campaign

Every week you have a new chance. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Outdoor movies in English

Have you been to the Kesäkino Engel already this year? As mentioned here before it is probably the nicest movie experience you can get in Helsinki in the summer.

wine and snacks at Kesäkino Engel

But you always have to check in which language the movies are shown there. But luckily for all us English speaking Helsinkians there are still a lot of good movies in English language to come such as:

until Aug 14, 22.30   Red Obession

Aug 21, 22.00 Pixadores (Portuguese with English subtitles)

Aug 24 - 28, 22.00  Magic in the Moonlight

Aug 29 - 31, 22.00  Take this Waltz

Also stay updated on the program of the Love & Anarchy Film Festival Helsinki being held from Sep 18 - 28. The program will be announced shortly and some of the movies are shown at Kesäkino Engel as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

KHL is here

You might have seen the poster already hanging all around the city. The KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) with teams from around Eastern Europe and Russia has a new member starting from this season: Jokerit.

KHL is here

The team, which is now also partly owned by the Finnish-Russian Rotenberg family, won't compete in the Finnish SM-Liiga anymore but will play international. The KHL is considered the second best league in the world after the NHL and is structured similarly. Starting from this upcoming season Jokerit will play in the Western Conference in the Bobrov Division against SKA St. Petersburg, Dinamo Riga, Slovan Bratislava, Atlant Moscow Oblast, Dinamo Minsk and Medveščak Zagreb.

Hartwall arena will continue to be their home stadium. But derbies with their local rival HIFK, also based in Helsinki, will become more rare.

So now you can follow two different ice hockey leagues here in Helsinki.