The celebrations for the Centenary are about to begin!
The anniversary year 2017 will begin with the Finland 100 theme on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2016, all over Finland and abroad. The main opening event takes place in the heart of Finland’s capital, at Helsinki’s Töölönlahti Bay and Kansalaistori Square.
Finland 100, City of Helsinki, The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and other organisers will launch a public festival lasting all day. The programme is full of fun surprises for revellers of all ages and Yle will be broadcasting the highlights of the event live on television and radio.
Beginning at noon, the programme culminates in the Party of the New Century held at Kansalaistori Square and a magnificent fireworks display. See the map and programme for what’s on! Most of the programme has free entry; further details are provided by the event organisers. Click here for useful information for revellers.
The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s family day event from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm entails a toddlers’ performance of The Magic Flute, as well as face painting and free walking tours. (Free of charge)
Swing and swirl to the tune of the Dallapé orchestra after the Bat Opera show at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, from 10:00 pm until 1:30 am. (Entry fee) http://oopperabaletti.fi/en/
|Finland’s national animals are having a party at the National History Museum. Draw animals and plants in the Joutsenten juhlat ja karhujen kemut event from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. All of the artworks will be pinned to the museum’s fence for everyone to see. (Free of charge) luomus.fi|
|The Parliament’s Visitor’s Centre organises a fun-filled day for children: Klabbis the magician performs at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. The Parliament also distributes 2017 examples of Finland’s centenary of independence wall calendar for 2017. (Free of charge) eduskunta.fi|
Children’s TV programme Pikku Kakkonen hops onto the Opera stage at Hesperia park at 1 pm and 3 pm when Katti Matikainen and Nakkirakki kick off the children’s centenary celebrations. (Free of charge)
From 6:00 pm until midnight at the Opera stage, We Love Helsinki DJs are spinning records. In the early evening the DJs are playing golden Finnish schlagers and later Finnish pop, rock and disco classics. (Free of charge)
|Try gymnastics or riding a hobby-horse at Töölö sports hall gym from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm. If you don’t have your own hobby-horse with you, you can always borrow one. (Free of charge) hel.fi/liikunta|
|Skate on ice at Helsinki Icepark at Railway Station Square from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ice skating lessons every half an hour and rental of skating equipment is available for all visitors. (Free of charge) hel.fi/liikunta|
The National Museum of Finland is open from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Museum’s permanent exhibitions are free of charge. The Renaissance. Now! exhibition with entrance fee.
The Museum restaurant is open from 1:00 pm until 7:30 pm. During the day, the museum arranges a national treasure hunt campaign. The museum is looking to find new kinds of personal treasures from Finland. You can also participate online. Some of the treasures will be selected to be part of the museum’s exhibition. See also Paleface’s and Manuela Bosco’s national treasures. Send your treasure to kansallisaarteenetsinta.fi or with hashtag #kansallisaarteenetsintä. (Free of charge) kansallismuseo.fi
|Alvar Aalto fund arranges guided design tours in English at Finland Hall at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Max. 25 people per group. (Free of charge). In the evening, at 8:00 pm, Back to the 80’s Show & Dinner takes the party crowd on a journey through time. (Entry fee). www.finlandiatalo.fi/en/newyear|
|The Helsinki Art Museum HAM is open exceptionally late, until 8:00 pm. Explore Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition as well as Finnish modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Guided tours to Kusama’s exhibition at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm in Finnish and at 3:00 pm in Swedish. Entry fee from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, free of charge from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm (Under 18 year olds free of charge). Also, participate in Fireworks! workshop at HAM from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. https://www.hamhelsinki.fi/en/|
|At the Park Stage between the Opera and Finlandia Hall offers a programme for young audiences between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. On the stage will be a dream line-up of popular up-and-coming Finnish talent: the cult figure of alternative hiphop, DJ Kridlokk, Töölön Ketterä, Astrid Swan, The Holy, Kingfish, Seksikäs Suklaa, Dosdela, VG+, and a dance performance produced by the Random Life collective. (Free entry)|
|When the afternoon gets darker, the lights at the Hesperia Park will be lit at 4:00 pm. Enjoy Karri Kola’s visual light and music installation stretching through the whole park. (Free of charge)|
|Exchange messages on an icy wall with centenary celebrators in Mikkeli and Levi. A digital ice wall is mounted at the north end of the Makasiini ruins. Send messages throughout the day from 3:00 pm until 1:00 am. (Free of charge) http://keskustakirjasto.fi/en/|
|Sing along independence themed songs at Helsinki City Museum’s Hakasalmi Villa at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. (Free of charge) hakasalmenhuvila.fi|
|Traditional New Year’s concert by the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra at Helsinki Music Centre at 7:00 pm. (Entry fee) hebo.fi & www.musiikkitalo.fi/enJoin the dance floor at the New Year Eve’s dance with vocalist Markus Allan from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the main lobby of Helsinki Music Centre. At the same place, from 9:00 pm until 00:30 am Pekka Korhonen’s quartet plays jazz, and the cafeteria is open until 01:00 am.|
|The exhibitions of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Museum of Art will stay open until 7:00 pm. The Kiasma Café welcomes in the New Year in style. With one of the best locations in Helsinki, the Kiasma Café will offer a selection of meals and small plates until 11:00 pm. (Chargeable) kiasma.fi|
|The cafe at Sanomatalo is open 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.Meet Fanny, the children’s news reporter from Helsingin Sanomat newspaper and try 360° virtual reality headset from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Children can also share their wishes for the New Year and send greetings for adults. You can also take a family photo or a photo with a friend. www.hs.fi/lastenuutiset. (Free of charge)|
|Add your picture to the 100th anniversary photo album! The Finland’s Faces Photo Op is at Narinkkatori Square in Kamppi 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.|
Former Finnish presidents come to life! In Helsinki, there are eight different monuments for the former Finnish presidents from Ståhlberg to Kekkonen. Helsinki Public Works Department is arranging guided walking tours from one monument to another while telling stories of the former presidents and Finland’s history. The walking tour lasts around two hours. Advance registration is not needed. The walking tour starts on New Year’s Eve, 31 December from the Mannerheim’s monument, next to the Museum of Modern Art Kiasma, at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm as well as on 1 January at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. (Free of charge).
Find more info from the presidents through QR codes: at every statue there’s a different QR code. Download the code and listen the stories of former presidents of Finland.
The opening day culminates in the Party of the New Century at Kansalaistori, 9:00 pm – 01:00 am. Dance, music, comedy, singing, new circus and much more.
To keep your toes and hearts warm, the popular DJs of Tavastia Lauantaidisko (Saturday Disco) will be playing the most popular tunes, and sharing the stage with the most stellar artists of the day. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä will open Finland 100 centenary year and Jussi Pajunen, the Mayor of Helsinki will reveal the name of the new Helsinki Central Library. The whole programme and performers can be found here. Come and dance and sing Finland into the next century! (Free of charge)
The New Year is launched with a fireworks show over Töölönlahti Bay bay. The dazzling display will take the spectators on a tour through Finland and its four seasons. The display will be visible from everywhere in the event area. The party continues until 1:00 am at Kansalaistori. (Free of charge)
Please note: Restricted pedestrian access will be in operation at the southern end of Töölönlahti Bay from 30 December until 31 December due to the fireworks display. From Friday 30 December 06:00 am until Saturday 31 December at 10:00 pm pedestrian traffic will be diverted from Finland Hall to Linnunlaulu via Töölönlahdenkatu and Alvar Aallon katu and the water’s edge path will be closed to the public. Between 10:00 pm – 01:00 am, the route will be completely closed.
More information here.
The different event organisers are responsible for the information and arrangements of their events. The programme and artists are subject to change.