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Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux is a free light festival that fills the city with brilliant light installations…what a great way to brighten up winter. This year it ran from 5th to 9th January between 5pm and 9pm.

The festival leads viewers from Kansalaistori square in the city centre to the Etu-Toolo district. The light festival turns iconic buildings into works of art. Huge media screens add to the stunning event.

Luckily for us, reporters Jodie and Allan were there to capture some of the installations to share with us.

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

Helsinki Lux

What fun to trudge throught the snow to discover the next installation. I wish I had been there. Helsinki is a stunning city, full of exciting events.

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St Lucia in Helsinki

Winter days in Finland can be cold and dark with little sunshine. The Finns are excellent at finding ways to brighten up their lives. On St Lucia Day, 13th December, a young maiden who has been chosen to represent the Saint is crowned in the Cathedral and then descends the stairs to Senate Square.

Dressed in white with a crown of tall white candles she sings ancient songs to help people overcome their winter blues.

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

St Lucia Helsinki

The entourage then parades through the streets to Market Square.

St Lucia Helsinki

Once again, thank you to our trusty reporters and photographers, Jodie and Allan for helping us to be part of this lovely tradition.

Christmas market

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First snow in Helsinki

Two young friends of mine have moved to Helsinki for a year long (possibly more) adventure.

Just after they arrived in the city at the end of October the first snow fell.

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Thank you Jodie and Allan for the great photos.

It melted soon after, but it was fun while it lasted

Amos Rex

Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet.

In their own words…

“Amos Rex’s exhibition programme will extend from the newest, often experienced mental, contemporary art to 20th century Modernism and ancient cultures. The goal will be for the past, present and future to produce unique experiences and surprising encounters beneath and above the ground and on the screen.”

The museum is on the site of an old bus station. The above ground architecture is proving to be popular.

Amos Rex Helsink

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The exhibition rooms are underground. The entrance is impressive.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The first room of the exhibition is called Black Waves. Swirling waves dance before the viewer.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The next one is Graffiti Nature: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The audience become part of the scene.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Next is Vortex of Light Particles.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

In the last of the  special effects rooms Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. The audience is invited to stand for 4 minutes to listen and watch.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

There is a more traditional room with impressionist art, the collection  of Sigurd Fosterus. He admired and collected Colourism that emerged in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The current exhibition opened on 30th August 2018 and will continue  until 6th January 2019.

Monday 11am – 6pm

Tuesday closed

Wdenesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm

Friday 11am – 6pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

 

General admission €18

Reduced price €12

Students under 30 €5

under 18 no charge

Amos Rex

Mannerheimintie 22 – 24

http://www.amosrex.fi

Costo was founded by 3 Finnish designers with a desire for sustainability.

Costo

Costo

The fabric for their wool Kombai hats, which have detachable and interchangeable bobbles, has been carefully selected from small leftover quantities of design fabrics and leather previously destined for the trash.

Costo

Costo

Costo

Costo

The shop also retails Pure Waste tricot wear for men and women created by re-fibre methods and spinning fabrics into new yarn.

We all need to think more about where our clothing comes from.

Costo is at Yrjonkatu 34.

costo.fi

Kamppi Chapel is a place to appreciate peace and quiet in the centre of Helsinki. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a moment of contemplation.

Kamppi Chapel

Kamppi Chapel

The chapel was designed by architects Mikko Summanen, Niko Sirola and Kimmo Lintula. It is 11.5 metres tall and it is made of 3 different types of wood. The external walls are spruce and coated in a type of wax. The internal walls are made from alder that was milled into shape. The fittings and internal door of the chapel are made of ash.

Kamppi Chapel

On the day I visited there was a family with young children who jumped about and the parents tried valiantly and in vain to keep them quiet…such is life.