The largest design and architecture festival in the Nordic countries


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For the first time, the festival brings alive an entire city block and its surroundings instead of one building. The programme is a well-grounded collection of innovations and surprises, not forgetting the festival classics.

Storytelling is an important element in successful design, and Helsinki Design Week’s annual theme “Once upon a time” invites creative professionals and communities to tell their stories.

**This year’s festival area is full of history and stories. **The Hietalahti bay area, which was a shipyard in the 19th century, is now home to creative professionals and companies. It is an international community consisting of graphic design agencies and architects’ offices, a coffee roastery, a cinema and an auction house. The city’s developmental segments can be experienced with all the senses in the first modern industrial block in Finland, where cable and crepe rubber was once manufactured.

Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture.

The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public.

Article Credits: World Design Weeks