30 years of Night of the Arts

The streets of Helsinki have been filling with art, culture and night-time wanderers in August for 30 years already. Organised for the first time in the summer of 1989, this pioneering block party has grown into a colourful city festival featuring hundreds of big and small art events, with venues ranging from clubs and pubs to the parks and streets of the city. The Night of the Arts presents the possibility to take a fresh look at the city and art, without the confines of art institutions or strictly curated programmes.

To celebrate this anniversary, we want to spread the Night of the Arts spirit further than ever before. What is your Night of the Arts like? Register your own art event and sign up for the anniversary celebrations on the Night of the Arts website! Remember to download the Night of the Arts app for your mobile phone to help you navigate the night. The app also includes a 30th anniversary route and a number of other route suggestions to lead you to art.

To mark this special occasion, the Night of the Arts sets the entire Helsinki Festival in motion on Thursday, 15 August.

Check out the programme of The Night of the Arts »