Published 6.8.2020

Helsinki Design Week 2020 will be held from 3 to 13 September. Its main venue will be the recently renovated Helsinki Olympic Stadium including an exhibition open to the public from 11 to 13 September.

The main exhibitionPechaKucha Night and Children’s Design Weekend will take place at the Stadium. The main exhibition is to present topical and interesting fashion, design and architecture – the track and field events of design. Exhibition content will include individual products and installations as well as a comprehensive review of young designers’ works. These include an installation made of concrete and mycelium by studio Caracara,  Seitikki by carpenter Antrei Hartikainen and an exhibition of benches curated by Jasper Morrison.

The main venue will offer an unforgettable setting for the largest PechaKucha Night in Europe on Saturday the 12th of September. On the stage located on the green of the Stadium, we’ll hear from Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, director of the Aalto film Virpi Suutari, CEO of Hakola Anna-Leena Hakola and architect Teemu Kurkela.

“In addition to a unique architectural experience, the Olympic Stadium provides us with an exceptionally spacious venue. We can let 1000 persons attend the PechaKucha Night in the grandstand outside without compromising the safety distances,” says festival director Kari Korkman.

Children are our guests of honour during the weekend at the Olympic Stadium. Entrance is free to the Children’s Design Weekend which will feature a fun and engaging route designed by design duo Anna van der Lei and Kristos Mavrostomos around the famous green of the Olympic Stadium. Families can enter this kids’ event freely.


Remotely and online

The COVID-19 situation also impacts the design festival.

“Helsinki Design Week can be organized safely because it is a series of responsibly arranged events of various sizes, not a single mass event. We have made the programme more virtual and designed the events sufficiently spacious,” says programme director Anni Korkman.


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