City of Helsinki promotes art, culture and creativity
The City of Helsinki promotes art, culture and creativity and making the Helsinki Region a culturally rich area. Services include cultural events, shows, exhibitions, courses and art classes. The City of Helsinki Cultural Division wants to ensure that culture and art in Helsinki are diverse and accessible to everyone.
In the city centre cultural programmes provide Annantalo Arts Centre, the Savoy Theatre and the international cultural centre Caisa. Kanneltalo in located in West Helsinki, Malmitalo in North Helsinki, and Stoa and Vuotalo in East Helsinki. The Espa Stage in the Esplanadi Park hosts cultural events during the summer. The cultural centres work in close cooperation with Helsinki’s art and culture scene.
The City of Helsinki also grants financial assistance to art and culture organisations, collectives and artists, and provides artists with sophisticated performance venues around the city. Professional artists can also apply for a studio space on Harakka Island. Villa Eläintarha provides accommodation for visiting foreign artists.
In addition to these the Helsinki City Culture and Leisure Sector's Culture Division includes the public library services, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, the City Museum, the City Orchestra and general cultural services. The Culture Division is also responsible for the cultural policy of City of Helsinki.