The massive Helsinki Festival is designed to showcase Finnish and international performing and creative arts, drawing about 300,000 people every year to enjoy a full programme of classical and contemporary music, dance, theatre, popular and world music, cinema, and art exhibitions. The festival, founded in 1968, takes place in a unique tented venue in the city centre. One of the most popular aspects of the festival is the Night of Arts when the city streets, parks, churches and galleries are given over to dance groups, orchestral groups and buskers. The festival also features a Children's Festival. The mission of the festival is to make art of all kinds accessible to all people so tickets are quite cheap, and the Night of Arts is celebrated all over the city for the public to enjoy. The festival also runs for almost a month, in the pleasant summer season, which means that many visitors have the opportunity to experience this special event in Helsinki. Check the website for details on the programme for each year and ticket prices for different events. You can buy tickets online or at the festival venue.
Venue: The Huvila Festival Tent at Hakaniemi, opposite the Helsinki City Theatre
Date: 16 August to 1 September 2013