LIFE

City bikes will be back on the streets of Helsinki from 2 May

City bikes will be back on the streets of Helsinki from 2 May

During the 2017 city bike season, starting in May, bikes will be available to even more people.  There will be 1,400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki, within an area extending from the heart of the city to Munkkiniemi, Pasila and Kumpula. Espoo residents will be able to try out the city bike service in Matinkylä and Olari, with 10 city bike stations and 100 bikes. Read...
Digital advisory services listed on new webpages

Digital advisory services listed on new webpages

The City of Helsinki published new digital advisory pages in early April. The pages at digineuvonta.hel.fi are a central source of information on digital technology advice available from the City of Helsinki and its partners. The pages are currently in Finnish only. The pages contain instructions for the use of the digital Service Map, which shows the locations of service sites that provide assistance in the use of digital technology. The Service Map provides links to the contact information of the providers of digital advisory services and to their advisory events calendars. You can also find information on the City of Helsinki digital advisory services on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The providers of the City of Helsinki digital advisory services cross administrative boundaries. The operations are developed with close attention to the changing needs of residents. The Lasipalatsin Mediakeskus Oy media centre, a Helsinki City Group company, coordinates joint communication activities and activities to strengthen digital skills. The work is steered by a project team appointed by the City Executive...
No more on-board ticket sales on commuter trains

No more on-board ticket sales on commuter trains

No more on-board ticket sales on Helsinki region commuter trains after June 19 Helsinki region commuter train services will have new customer service model will be introduced in June. Ticket sales on commuter trains will end. Conductors will remain on trains and work in pairs. The change applies to HSL area trains and VR’s commuter trains. At the same time, VR’s commuter traffic area will be extended to Tampere.Most passengers already buy their tickets from ticket machines or use a Travel Card or mobile tickets. The share of tickets sold on trains has been steadily decreasing. Last year, the share of ticket sales on trains in VR’s commuter traffic area decreased by 40% from the previous year. To compensate for the end of ticket sales by conductors, ticket machines taking credit and debit cards will be installed at all train stations in the Helsinki Region Transport...

CULTURE

Vast collection of photographs opened to the public

Vast collection of photographs opened to the public

Helsinkiphotos.fi is an image service that provides a user-friendly way to access the Helsinki City Museum’s vast collection of photographs. At Helsinkiphotos.fi, anyone can browse, search and download detailed, high resolution photographs suitable for print materials or lower resolution images more suitable for web and social media use. The photographs in the service are published under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. In brief, CC BY means that you may use and edit the photographs for any purpose as long as you credit the source of the photograph, in this case Helsinki City Museum and the photographer. The photographs may be used commercially, with certain restrictions. For instance, a person’s right to decide on the commercial use of their name, photograph or other identifiable part of their identity, privacy protection rights and moral rights may limit the use of the material. The Helsinkiphotos.fi service also allows users to conduct Finnish-language searches, browse curated photo albums or create their own albums by logging into the service. Helsinkiphotos.fi also has an integrated web store, where users can customize and order printed photographic products, such as posters and postcards. Currently, the service has approximately 45,000 digitized photographs. More images are being digitized and added to the system constantly. If you need a digital image that is not currently found in the Helsinkiphotos.fi service, please contact the museum’s Picture Browsery. The photographs of the Helsinki City Museum collection are still available in the national Finna service at hkm.finna.fi. In addition to photographs, you can also browse other material related to Helsinki in Finna, everything from plastic bags to hairdryers and bus tickets to works...
Helsinki Festival offers art manifestos and rediscovered classics

Helsinki Festival offers art manifestos and rediscovered classics

Helsinki Festival once again fills the city with culture from 17 August to 3 September 2017. The Festival offers dozens of concerts ranging from classical music to balmy nights in the Huvila Festival Tent, performing arts from Chekhov to mother myths and art expressions from video installations to virtual reality. At the same time, we will celebrate Finland’s centennial year with rediscovered classics, good deeds and musical greetings from neighbouring lands. The largest multi-artistic festival in the Nordic countries features the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performing with top soprano Renée Fleming and the rediscovered interludes of the opera The Nose, conducted by Susanna Mälkki. The Festival also showcases Peeping Tom’s virtuoso dance theatre as well as Julian Rosefeldt’s famous Manifesto, with star actress Cate Blanchett bringing the art manifestos to life. More information on the Helsingin kaupunki web-site Festival´s...
ARS 17 at Kiasma

ARS 17 at Kiasma

ARS17, a major exhibition of international contemporary art on the theme of digital revolution, is under way at Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. The exhibition, which opened on March 31, and continues until January 14 next year, showcases artists of the new millennium and offer a fresh approach to contemporary art by also expanding the viewing experience into the online realm. The internet and digitalization have radically altered our everyday lives. They have transformed our work, recreation, culture and economy and changed the way we communicate with one another. The internet has become a platform for constructing identities and expressing emotions. And, inevitably, the digital revolution has also influenced the practice of art. In addition to the exhibition itself, there are special events and performances throughout the duration of the exhibition. For more information, check the Ars 17 guide here Or go to the Kiasma...

CONCERTS

Scorpions at Hartwall Arena 27th November 2017

Scorpions at Hartwall Arena 27th November 2017

Scorpions are a German rock band founded in 1965 in Hannover . They are one of the most famous and longest existing rock bands in the world. The group are known for their heavy metal tunes, as well as powerful rock ballads. The lineup from 1978–1992 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Klaus Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums). Rolling Stone magazine describes them as “the heroes of heavy metal”, while MTV called them “Ambassadors of Rock”. The band was ranked number 46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” is also number 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. “Still Loving You” landed in 22nd place among the greatest ballads. They have received many prestigious awards, such as three World Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Rock wall, and a presence in the permanent exhibition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2015, the group celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hartwall Arena, Helsinki Monday 27th November 2017 Tickets 59,50 € / 69,50 € / 79,50 € from Ticketmaster and Menolipu. Check out Livenation.fi for more...
Kiss to Hartwall Arena 4th May 2017

Kiss to Hartwall Arena 4th May 2017

Still going strong after more than 40 years, the US rock band KISS is coming to Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on Thursday, May 4. The band has established a reputation as one of the world’s best live bands, turning their stage performances into dazzling spectacles, including stunning costumes, make-up, and pyrotechnics – including flame-throwing guitars. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.fi starting at €73.50, up to €99.50. Doors open on May 4 at half past six in the evening. The warm-up band, RavenEye, starts at about 8 PM, and the headliner, KISS, hits the stage at about 9...
Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Bruno Mars to Helsinki, May 22nd

Hawaiian-born Bruno Mars, (born Peter Gene Hernandez) is one of today’s most successful pop music superstars, and he will hold his first-ever concert in Finland in May next year. The Finnish concert of the multi-platinum record seller and Grammy winning guitarist is part of his massive 24K Magic world tour. The tour is his first full-length tour since his successful Moonshine Jungle World tour in 2013, which sold more than 2 million tickets in 155 sold-out concerts around the world. He has sold more than 170 singles and over 26 million albums. Bruno Mars, will appear at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena on Monday, May 22nd. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.fi prices, including service charges range from € 43.50 to € 88.50. Doors open at the Hartwall Arena at 6 PM.  ...