The city is yours – Event proposals for Helsinki Day are now being accepted

The City of Helsinki and Helsingin Sanomat invite local residents to help create the programme for this year’s Helsinki Day, which will be held over two days this year on 11 and 12 June to mark the Finland 100 centenary year.

Photo: Jussi Hellsten

Now everyone has the chance to make the city their own by proposing events for Helsinki Day that are free of charge and open to everyone. Events can be proposed for just one day or for both days.

The call for event proposals for Helsinki is open until 15 April, and proposals can be submitted electronically on the Helsinki Day website: www.helsinkipäivä.fi

Event producers can also apply for a grant

This year event producers can apply for a grant to be awarded by the City of Helsinki. The grant will be available for events selected by a jury comprising local residents.

Jury members:
Erja Yläjärvi, Helsingin Sanomat
Pekka Sauri, City of Helsinki
Arto Sivonen, Måndag, city activist
Noah Kin, Bassoradio, rapper
Pirjo Tulikukka, Helsinki Neighbourhoods Association Helka
Jani Alanen, Ruuti Core Group, Helsinki City Youth Department
Jim Koskinen, Ruuti Core Group, Helsinki City Youth Department
Eerika Aalto, Ruuti Core Group, Helsinki City Youth Department
Marianne Saukkonen, Helsinki Marketing Ltd, Producer of Helsinki Day

The grant can be applied for when submitting a proposal. Grant applicants should explain the need for the grant and specify the amount being applied for. The amount of each grant is between €100 and €3000.

The jury shall pay attention to the following criteria when selecting grant recipients:

• How does the programme implement the theme of the Finland 100 centenary year?

• How does the programme enhance local pride among Helsinki’s residents?

• How does the programme increase Helsinki’s diversity, sense of community and social interaction?

In addition, attention shall be paid to ensuring that Helsinki Day event offerings are spread out evenly throughout the city, new types of event content, new visitor groups and accessibility. The jury shall select the grant recipients by 30 April 2017.

Event information that has been submitted will be published on the Helsinki Day website (www.helsinkipäivä.fi) in Finnish, Swedish and English in May. The website also contains comprehensive guidelines for event organisers.


Helsinki Day is traditionally held on 12 June. It has been celebrated since 1959. Helsinki Day marks the birthday of Helsinki, which was founded in 1550, and all residents are invited to take part in the celebrations.

Individual persons, communities and companies throughout the city can organise free-of-charge events on Helsinki Day that are open to everyone.

Annual Helsinki Day traditions include morning coffees with the mayor and the presentations of the City Slang Man and Woman of the Year, Sports Person of the Year and Helsinki Day Baby.

Helsinki Day is part of the Finland 100 programme in 2017.

Further information:

Helsinki Day is coordinated and produced by:

Marianne Saukkonen,
Helsinki Marketing
tel. +358 (0)40 334 7148

Tia Hallanoro
Marketing Communications Director
Helsinki Marketing
tel. +358 (0)40 826 3130