Nature meets art in Helsinki
There are countless reasons to make a trip to Helsinki — the Finnish capital offers an appealing combination of parks, forest, lakes, wild islands and historic architecture. It’s also become increasingly revered for art and design. The city was named World Design Capital in 2012, 2014 saw Helsinki’s inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and 2020 marks the debut of Helsinki’s own biennial. Drawing on the characteristics that make Helsinki so unique, the biennial will marry nature and art, using nature-rich Vallisaari Island as its main hub. By visiting between June 12th and September 27th, you’ll have the opportunity to see the work of 35 international artists integrated into the island’s natural environment and historic buildings, take part in workshops and catch multidisciplinary art performances. While you’re here, set aside plenty of time for the city’s museums and galleries, many of which can be found in Helsinki Design District. Visit venues such as Galleria Sculptor and Helsinki Contemporary, stop by designers’ studios and check in to the district’s design hotels.