Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries, presenting design from a number of fields such as fashion, architecture and urban culture. The program contains around 250 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public. And it takes place in a variety of spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.
This year’s highlights include “In the Climate School” (from September 9 to 13) at the City Hall, with lessons to builds our understanding of the most effective actions citizens or companies can take to tackle climate change under such themes as transport, housing, food, and construction; and “Room with a View” at the Erottaja 2 palace, featuring an omnibus selection of participants in fields as varied as clothing design, glass art, research, furniture design, graphic design and architecture.