Design Museum brings Finnish Midsummer traditions into the urban setting and invites everyone to a Midsummer Preparty celebration with designers Aamu Song and Johan Olin who have created the Secret Universe exhibition. On Helsinki Day, 12 June, Design Museum will celebrate Finnish craft traditions together with local master craftsmen.
The high point of the event will be the decoration and raising of the Midsummer pole, also known as the maypole in some countries, followed by traditional songs and round dances. Flowers are attached to the Midsummer pole, and participants can also bring their own flowers. All flowers are welcome!
The programme also features demonstrations of chainsaw sculpture in the front yard area of the museum by wood sculptors Leo Löppönen and Pertti Karhunen. In honour of the celebration with free admission to all visitors, Design Museum will stage the Mask workshop and the Service Counter of the Secret Universe exhibition will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The finishing touch to the floral splendour of Midsummer is provided by a flower-themed colouring workshop in Design Museum’s Studio.
The Midsummer Preparty celebration is one the Secret Universe exhibition’s Holy Day events, honouring and celebrating the cultures and crafts traditions of different countries. The series of Holy Days will continue in August with the Russian Holy Day on 15 August, followed by the Mexican Holy Day on 21 September.
Midsummer Preparty Programme
Wednesday 12 June, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Demonstration of work by master craftsmen in front of the museum: wood sculptors Leo Löppönen and Pertti Karhunen
11 a.m. –1:30 p.m. Midsummer pole decoration workshop
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The raising ceremony of the Midsummer pole, dancing and singing
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mask workshop in the Secret Universe exhibition
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Service Counter open in the Secret Universe exhibition
12 a.m. – 3 p.m. Flower-themed coloring workshop in the Studio