Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture. The next Helsinki Design Week will be held September 5–15, 2019.
Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public.
The Helsinki Design Week main events are produced by Helsinki Design Week and its main partners. The Helsinki Design Week programme is produced in cooperation with national and international stakeholders and an extensive event-planning network. The programme is completed with selected events from an open call for programme entries. In 2018 the festival boasted about 170,000 visitors.
The festival programme takes place in a variety of event spaces spread throughout the city: from museums to markets, from seminar halls to secret shops. The festival also actively seeks new spaces and ways to explore the city.
Helsinki Design Week is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Oy.
Helsinki Design Weekly
To finish off its tenth anniversary celebrations in 2014, Helsinki Design Week took a leap to into operating all-year-round by launching a new online publication, Helsinki Design Weekly.
The publication is targeted to professionals in the field of design as well as design enthusiasts. Helsinki Design Weekly is published bilingually in both Finnish and English.
Helsinki Design Weekly presents timely phenomena in the field of design and raises discussion on the future of the industry. The making of Helsinki Design Weekly includes a wide team of top Finnish writers and international guests from the field of design as well as outside of it.
If you are interested in writing for us, have news from the design industry to share, or would like to advertise in Helsinki Design Weekly, contact us at anni.korkman(at)helsinkidesignweek.com.
Word Design Weeks
World Design Weeks is a network for design weeks and festivals around the globe.
The objective of the World Design Weeks is to promote collaboration in the design field, to support product development, and to develop the economy of creative fields. It provides networking and support to both the design field and the fields that utilize design. Founding members include nine design week festivals on three continents: Soul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Mexico, Barcelona, Eindhoven and Helsinki. Today, World Design Weeks gathers over 30 members all around the world.
Finland is the first country to have a president in the World Design Weeks network. The first president is Helsinki Design Week founder and director Kari Korkman.