Helsinki Book Fair 2018

In the Helsinki Book Fair stages like Waltari and Eino Leino, which were named after the famous Finnish authors, are now a thing of the past. This year 2018 the Book Fair introduced us various stages for authors and other performers having names according to the actual neighborhoods of Helsinki.

Here below you can see the neighborhoods from the Helsinki Book Fair 2018. The event will still be happening today Sunday 28.10.2018 in the Fair Centre in Pasila. The theme country of this year is the United States of America, with authors like Jennifer Clement, Patricia Lockwood and Cecilia Samartin visiting the Book Fair in Helsinki.

After the Book Fair, the life of these participating stages will continue also in Twitter – open the links below to read more about them:

Find Helsinki also in Travel Opus to Europe.

Read this article about Helsinki Book Fair in Finnish here.

Helsinki Book Fair 2018
Helsinki Book Fair 2018

Digital graphics inspired by Helsinki exhibiting now

New digital graphics, inspired by Helsinki and other cities, exhibiting now in Instagram – follow it up here: https://www.instagram.com/noora_saarinen

Helsinki centre on Design Week 2018

Helsinki center has cheered up and become more lively after the recent opening of Amos Rex Art Museum there. This inspired me to take a walk in the center, especially since the weather was warm and sunny and Helsinki Design Week 2018 had started.

Helsinki Design Week 2018 in Keskuskatu
Helsinki Design Week 2018 in Keskuskatu
Keskuskatu, Helsinki, streetview
Keskuskatu, Helsinki, streetview

Keskuskatu, one of the streets in the very center of Helsinki has become a pleasant and stylish pedestrian street over the years. For the time being it also features a Helsinki Design Week 2018 -booth, from which event information is shared both for tourists and local passers-by.

A short walk in the center of Helsinki also stimulated the need for traveling abroad:

Keskuskatu with its tourists reminded me of any European metropolis, and even the helmet wearing passengers with the scooter, queuing in the traffic lights, resembled the streets of Rome.

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But when I went to Baana for the first time, the pedestrian/cycling street in the Helsinki center, I was truly fascinated after seeing them benches meant for only one person to sit.

I had admired that kind of benches earlier in Stockholm and wondered why we don’t have them in Helsinki. And now found out that all this time they might have existed by this pedestrian street, which has been easing the life of the cyclists as well in the Helsinki center since 2012.

Benches for one person by the Baana
Benches for one person by the Baana

Yes, I really walked through the promenade for the first time in 2018. And I must admit – it was a refreshing experience.

I liked it even more than the lovely bike / pedestrian streets in Copenhagen, as “hygge” as they might be, since in Helsinki the road was much more spacious and safer for its passengers.

Afternoon car jams were only humming somewhere far off in the upper air when I walked from Kamppi to Kiasma, the museum of contemporary art, towards Oodi, the new and magnificent library being built in Helsinki.

Baana in Helsinki centre
Baana, the road for bicycles and pedestrians in Helsinki centre

The capital of Finland is really changing for the better. It’s really worth for tourists to come and bloggers to blog.

Helsinki Design Week is a 13 year old annual event presenting Finnish design in Helsinki, and this year’s novelty is the Children’s Design Week. You can find the entire Helsinki Design Week 2018 -program at https://www.helsinkidesignweek.com.

Kiasma, museum of contemporary art, in Helsinki, Finland
Kiasma, museum of contemporary art, in Helsinki, Finland

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