New Feel Helsinki Festival to attract art, food and wine enthusiasts to the Helsinki Music Centre on 8 June

A new urban festival organised by the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) and the Viini Magazine will fill the Helsinki Music Centre with art, discussions and a range of pop-up gourmet restaurants. The theme of the event is sustainability. 

Helsinki will be the home of a new family-friendly festival, as the first-ever Feel Helsinki will bring together city dwellers and culture enthusiasts to the Helsinki Music Centre and its surroundings on Saturday, 8 June 2019. The one-day event will give residents and visitors of Helsinki the opportunity to enjoy food, wine, art, and discussions on social issues.

The diverse artistic content of the event is produced by Uniarts Helsinki. The programme features concerts, theatre and dance performances, an art exhibition, as well as a series of dialogues with prominent figures from various fields. Families with children will be treated to a free concert put together by music education students together with Soili Perkiö, a pioneer in children’s music, as well as to a non-stop art workshop organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. 

Feel Helsinki’s main partner in the event, Viini Magazine, will momentarily turn the Helsinki Music Centre into a hub of some of this year’s most interesting restaurants, which will all offer their own tasting menus. The Main Lobby of the Helsinki Music Centre will house wine bars that each centre around a certain theme, selling sparkling wines, rosés and natural wines. Visitors can also go to wine tastings and listen to discussions about food and wine production. Wine tastings and tasting menus are not complimentary. 

The overarching theme for Feel Helsinki is sustainability, which is reflected on the topics of the featured artistic content and discussions as well as the selection of the pop-up restaurants and wine bars. 

“Uniarts Helsinki wants to invite people to come together and explore what a meaningful life is all about. We have built a varied programme of events based on the goal of encouraging people to open up to new experiences and helping them discover alternative world views,” says Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector Jari Perkiömäki

The event will take over the entire Helsinki Music Centre, including its terrace, from 10 in the morning until late in the evening, and admission to most of the festival events is free. For example, the public will have the chance to participate in “Climate Church”, a performance exploring the ecological crisis from a community’s perspective. As for concerts requiring a ticket, a definite highlight is the Feel Mozart concert performed by the Tapiola Sinfonietta Orchestra, students of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and pianist Iiro Rantala, with Michael Collins as the conductor. 

All proceeds from tickets sold at Feel Helsinki will be directed to Uniarts Helsinki’s foundations. 
The festival schedule will be updated during April and made available at a later date on the Feel Helsinki website. 
Media enquiries: 

Anna-Elina Matilainen, Communications Specialist, Uniarts Helsinki

tel. 040 860 9515 


Soili Sirenne, projektipäällikkö

p. 050 4751767

More information and the programme.