Helsinkians embraced the jubilee year

imageThe citizens of Helsinki embraced the Helsinki 200 Years as Capital 2012 jubilee year. During the year, many residents and guests to the capital participated in the programme of the memorable year.

Programme for each day of the year

The jubilee year comprised about three hundred happenings. The diverse programme included events, exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, publications, short films, film screenings, public art, concerts, food culture, discussions, plays, dance, sports events and development projects.

imageAlso incorporated in the programme were, for example, the Cold War Helsinki tram tour and the Watercolours from Engel’s city radio play on the Senate Square. The history of Helsinki was made familiar through park walks and the participants were able to discover the impact of the capital status on the city’s nature. A number of lectures and lecture series on the history of Helsinki provided the citizens of the capital a chance to get acquainted with the past of their city. Many districts hosted events relating to the past and identity of their own area.

imageThe Russian, Swedish and Germanic heritage and the impact of later immigrants on the city were also scrutinized in the programme.

In April, the 200-year capital status was honoured with gun salutes and a jubilee seminar, to which a representative from every municipality in Finland, as well as the President of the Republic and the Speaker of Parliament, were invited.

In August, the Dominoes art piece, which was built in cooperation by the Helsinki Festival and the citizens of Helsinki, drew new routes in the capital’s neoclassical centre, streets and parks.

In September, the Era of Autonomy Festival paid due respect to the Finnish workhorse as an irreplaceable factor in the building of the capital.

The capital of entire Finland

The Sytkyt Puppet Theatre toured Finland from Inari to Porvoo with a show about the history of imageHelsinki and brought greetings and congratulations of the children to the capital. Sytkyt compiled the children’s stories into a puppet show that takes place across Finland.

In June, Sotkamon Jymy brought the national sport pesäpallo (Finnish baseball) to the capital and played a regular season home game in Helsinki. The Quiet people’s celebratory delegation from Suomussalmi travelled to Helsinki in November to greet the 200-year-old capital. The Southern Ostrobothnians arranged Pikkuusen häjymmät pirot (Southern Ostrobothnian dialect for Slightly More Wicked Feast) on the Senate Square.image

Projects steer towards the future

The programme also included a number of projects, which continue after the jubilee year. The Union Axis project brings the area formed by Unioninkatu and Siltasaarenkatu back to the centre of the city culture by means of environmental construction, the improvement of lightning, arts and events. The Union Axis unites the Kallio church and the Helsinki Observatory.

Separate appropriation of the jubilee year used for preventing marginalization of young

Activities for the benefit of the young are also part of the legacy of the memorable year. In May, the City Council decided to grant a 10 million euro separate appropriation in honour of the jubilee year, to secure education and work opportunities for young people and to prevent marginalization of the young.image

The City Board decided at its meeting on December 10, 2012 to use the money for initiating the RESPA operations model, which is used to cut youth unemployment, for starting the Open technical college and for the Good leisure time research and development project, which aims to identify the impact of good leisure time on the wellbeing and learning of the young.

Blue line above the city

The Blue line light installation will remain on the sky of Helsinki as a reminder of the jubilee year.image During the next few years, the blue line will be drawn above the Union Axis theme street, depending on the day, season and the pulse of the city.

History and city development on the website

The website for the jubilee year at had around 140 000 visitors during the year. The site will keep serving as a source of information about the historic landmarks and development of the city.

The City’s administrations, the universities, the colleges, the state and the church have participated in the jubilee year arrangements. Several organizations also contributed to the jubilee year. The Kallio church and the Guard Battalion, celebrating their own 100th and 200th anniversaries respectively, took part in the jubilee year festivities as well.

Pictures from the jubilee year at Facebook