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Some sit, some fly – all make the most of Helsinki Day.

Helsinki Day
12 June
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HELD annually since 1959, this year Helsinki Day arrives on Thursday 12 June, bringing with it a programme bulging with a variety of opportunities to celebrate in the capital city.

Music is well represented in the programme. In the centre of town, Espa’s stage offers a range of live music and entertainment options, including the acrobatic show of Duo Saras and the tunes of Bad Ass Brass Band, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha and Dalindèo.

Meanwhile nearby, Radio Aalto is staging its hugely popular annual concert at Kaisaniemi Park, with some of the biggest names in pop music hitting the stage, such as Jukka Poika and Cheek.

If you find yourself in the east of the city, Kontulan OstariFestari sees the likes of Stadin Juhlaorkesteri, Omat Pojat and Melrose performing. However, if you like your music with accompanied by a bite to eat, then look no further than Street Food Thursday at the Abattoir.

A range of theatre options is available this year, with dance theater piece Metsälä offering Finland’s national animal stories inspired by the whole family. Eleswhere, Teatteri Helsinki presents a performance of Ola! at Tervasaari.

If watching flicks is more your thing then Finland’s biggest film festival comes in a short burst, as Love and Anarchy kicks down Pussikaljaelokuva, 3 Simoa and Helsinki Ikuisesti at Andorra and Dubrovnik, along with a screening of Helsinki-themed short films.

Always fancied yourself as being a sports hero? Then try your hand at the facilities at Helsinki Olympic Stadium, including running a victory lap on its hallowed surface. Also offering a peek in history of the city is Töölö’s museum bus.

Fancy picking up a bargain? Then take a look at the flea market at Korjaamo, where also you can find the Speakers Corner.

There are hundreds of events going on around town – see what you can find!

James O’Sullivan
Image: Lauri Rotko