Event markets open as meeting places in the suburbs

Event markets open as meeting places in the suburbs25.09.2017 15:56

The event markets at the festival Lähiöfest2017 Meeting Places invite citizens to the suburbs on 30 September and 1 October to eat together, discuss the renewing of the city and to experience a vivid market atmosphere - writes City of Helsinki.

Event markets are arranged in Vuosaari and Malmi on 30 September and in Pohjois-Haaga and Herttoniemenranta on 1 October. At the markets, the citizens have the chance to discuss current issues concerning the changes of the city directly with the experts. The programme of the corner stages includes speeches by MayorJan Vapaavuoriand Deputy MayorAnniSinnemäki.

At all the markets, the citizens will gather outside to eat together at a roofed table decorated by a tablecloth with pictures made by the citizens themselves. The citizens are encouraged to bring their own delicacies or enjoy goodies from the market.

Mini seminars about city development will bring up topical matters concerning the neighbourhoods: Who needs high building? Can there be several city centres in Helsinki? What opportunities can complementary building bring for housing companies? The programme can be followed from a tent that is open for hanging out in.

Helsinki is growing and becoming more closely built. Vibrant centres and city life is built in the suburb areas. The markets introduce the citizens to the changes of the city and to what the future of Helsinki will look like in the suburbs. The Urban Environment Division gathers information about the citizens' interests in an inclusivity gallup.

The residents of Vuosaari will find out more about the renewal of Meri-Rastila and the architectural contest for the centre of Vuosaari. The residents of Malmi, in turn, are asked where they want new dwellings and services to be built. The residents are also introduced to idea plans for a pedestrian and bicycle way in Ylä-Malmi and for the park Longinojanpuisto. Haaga residents can ask questions about the Joker light rail line as well as get to know the projects that are starting and the gems of complementary building. Residents in Herttoniemi are invited along to create the vision of the area and to get to know the ideas about a city boulevard on Laajasalontie.

Each of the markets also offers plenty of activities for people of all ages. The market squares in Haaga and Herttoniemi have exercise programme for kids. The Farmers' Market on Herttoniemen tori is offering local food, and the resident house Ankkuri is organising a flea market. Vuotalo offers activities like personalising stickers, riding Longboards and building models of Meri-Rastila in Minecraft.

At Malmitalo the market visitors are encouraged to move, dance and sing. The orchestra Pellekaija Pum delights children with a concert. New meets old at Pohjois-Haaga. A magic sandbox invites even grown-ups to play and the living library can be used to borrow interesting people.

Street art walls are set up at all the markets, giving citizens the opportunity to create their own greetings to the suburbs. Several associations and companies also participate with content at the markets. The event is free of charge. The newest information about the programme will be updated in the Facebook events.

Suburbs in the spotlight during the festival weekLähiöfest2017 Meeting Places is an event that takes place in ten suburbs in Helsinki on 25 September-1 October, and that stimulates discussion on the changes in the city. The event brings together citizens, companies and communities as well as the City itself. Egnahem Media Oy is the producer and the City of Helsinki is the principal supporter of the event.

The participating neighbourhoods are Kannelmäki, Vuosaari, Herttoniemenranta, Kontula, Lauttasaari, Siltamäki, Pohjois-Haaga, Jakomäki, Malmi and Kalasatama.

During workdays, the festival offers theme workshops. The international main seminar, People-Driven City, will include international trendsetters in city development and activism. The markets and other public events make the weekend a united festivity for 10 suburbs and neighbourhoods.

The festival campaign #hoodshelsinki encourages people to visit the different events and share pictures on Instagram for the chance to win surprise prizes donated by companies and associations in the suburbs.

Citizens can also participate online through adding their own events to the festival programme or through recommending places in the suburbs. Read the whole programme

See you at the Lähiöfest markets!

The event markets on Facebook:

  • The event market in Vuosaari, 30 September at 10−14
  • The event market in Malmi, 30 September at 14−18
  • The event market in Haaga, 1 October at 10−14
  • The event market in Herttoniemi , 1 October at 14−18

The event markets at the festival Lähiöfest2017 Meeting Places invite citizens to the suburbs on 30 September and 1 October to eat together, discuss the renewing of the city and to experience a vivid market atmosphere.

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