Helsinki Design Week brings over 250 events to Helsinki in September

Helsinki Design Week spreads around the city and features more than 250 events between 7 and 17 September 2017. The complete programme has now been published!

Organized for the 13th time, the largest design festival in the Nordic countries brings more than 250 events targeted at design enthusiasts and professionals to Helsinki. Following this year’s theme ‘Q&A’, we’ll experience various installations, tram discussions and an international design seminar, DesignCommons - writes City of Helsinki.

International design stars

Helsinki Design Week 2017 is to launch the DesignCommons seminar that allows the audience to have dinner and discuss with international design stars. The first published speakers include iconic architect Winy Maas, technology entrepreneur with a Nokia background Marko Ahtisaari, landscape architect Cees van der Veeken and Studio Swine consisting of architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves.

Installations and tram rides

The HDW HOP installations that proved so popular last year are making a return and bringing six new items to the Helsinki city centre. The installation series consists of works by Finnish and international designers and architects and focuses on the theme of a developing city. The opening of the installations will be celebrated by a citizens’ parade on 7 September.

Online medium Helsinki Design Weekly becomes part of the festival through Q&A-themed discussions on the tram. A tram dedicated to culture will transform into an after-work design ride that tours the districts of Helsinki.

Familiar favourites

At HDW 2017, we’ll meet some popular favourites from previous years, including the largest stock sale in the Nordics, Design Market, HDW Kids’ Weekend, an event for the whole family, a startling keynote event i.e. the PechaKucha Night, Open Studios presenting creative work spaces, and last year’s highly popular Design Diplomacy that will again open the doors of ambassadors’ residencies in Helsinki. As part of the Habitare trade fair, we’ll offer a Showroom event for professionals and a Habi Kids area for children.

In addition, the programme features more than 150 events by independent organizers, filling the streets, galleries, stores and museums with architecture, fashion and urban design. We’ll be hearing discussions, seeing fashion shows, witnessing launches and enjoying parties.

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