Finland offers a delightful variety of cultural events in summer. If you happen to be in Helsinki, don’t miss the fascinating array of contemporary art events and exhibitions that are yours for the taking not far from the capital. We share our pick of the top three highlights:
One of the most interesting places to visit in summer is Fiskars Village about 90 km from Helsinki to see a summer exhibition hosted by Onoma, a local cooperative of artisans, designers and artists. The theme of this summer’s exhibition is Growth. Highlighting crafts, design, contemporary art, temporary performance and interactive participatory events, the exhibition celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
The Fiskars Village summer exhibition will be open from May 15th until September 25th.
Mänttä Art Festival:
Mänttä Art Festival is Finland’s biggest contemporary art event. It takes place in Mänttä-Vilppula, about 160 km from Helsinki. This year’s exhibition, Going Commando, will feature works from over 30 Finnish and international artists, including Hollywood star Lucy Liu. The exhibition is curated by the acclaimed Finnish artist Anssi Kasitonni.
The 21st Mänttä Art Festival will be open from June 12th until August 31st.
Gumbostrand Konst & Form
Gumbostrand Konst & Form is a unique hybrid of an art gallery, design shop, café-restaurant and conference and event forum. Located by the sea in a restored 1950s Hartwall factory building in Sipoo about 30 km from Helsinki, the spring exhibition – called Good News – features works by six Finnish artists reminding audiences of the positive things surrounding us.
Good News is open from April 4th until May 29th.
The Gumbostrand summer programme features Glow, a solo show by Heini Turunen and a group exhibition of 12 Nordic artists.
The Gumbostrand Konst & Form summer exhibition will be open from June 3rd until September 4th.