Lähiöfest2017 – festival of neighbourhoods – has announced the first highlights of events and invites citizens to join in the creation of a festival shared by everybody.
The festival will be celebrated in ten Helsinki suburbs and districts from 25 September to 1 October 2017. The suburbs and districts are Kannelmäki, Vuosaari, Herttoniemenranta, Kontula, Lauttasaari, Siltamäki, Pohjois-Haaga, Jakomäki, Malmi and Kalasatama - writes City of Helsinki.
The festival highlights are announced on a map, and citizens are invited to add their own events onto the same map. Citizen events are shown on the map as hearts.
Citizen-organized events can be reported until the beginning of the festival, even during the festival.
The City of Helsinki will set up four event plazas on the festival weekend to serve as citizen meeting places. The locations and dates are Vuosaari and Malmi, Saturday, 30 September, and Pohjois-Haaga and Herttoniemenranta, Sunday, 1 October.
The event plazas will be places where people can learn about the transition taking place in Helsinki and how the future Helsinki is being built in suburbs. All plazas will invite people to dine together at a shared table on a table cloth covered with illustrations created by citizens. The plazas will also have a covered space with a corner stage for presentations, commentary and other programme. The plazas will be set up both indoors and outdoors. Attendance and the programmes are free of charge.
Citizens, enterprises and associations can propose programme items for the plazas through June using an online form. The proposals can be for presentations or small-scale performances on the corner stage, contents that acquaint people with suburban gems, or some other activities. The plaza programmes will be built during the summer, and they will be announced in August–September.
Lähiöfest2017 encourages everybody to become a tourist in their own city. People are inspired to tour the city by the #hoodshelsinki competition.
Read other news on the city site of Helsinki.