Helsinki Pride 2020 week will take place from 7 to 13 September. The city of Helsinki is an official partner of the event.
Helsinki aims to be a city where human rights are comprehensively fulfilled and where nobody has to endure harassment or discrimination. The ambitious actions included in the city-level equality and non-discrimination plans promote this goal in all actions involving customers and cooperation partners, as well as among the city’s personnel.
In August, the city of Helsinki and the Helsinki Pride community arranged a training course for the city’s personnel on equality and non-discrimination of sexual and gender minorities. The course covered general matters on sexuality and gender diversity. Furthermore, ways in which the city’s services could be made more sensitive towards the LGBTQ+ community were addressed. Mayor Jan Vapaavuori sent out invitations to the course.
“The theme of this year’s Helsinki Pride Week is role models. In all communities – work communities in particular – everybody should be able to feel that they are valuable and involved. We want to be a role model in this respect. There is no room for hatred in Helsinki, and this is a message we must get through everywhere,” Vapaavuori says.
The city of Helsinki will hold its first ever evening for LGBTQ+ residents
The city of Helsinki will hold its first ever evening for LGBTQ+ residents at the City Hall event space on 8 September 2020 from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Due to the current COVID-19 epidemic, the number of participants has been limited to 40, and seats will be filled in order of registration. Click here to register.
You can attend the event live on the Helsinki-kanava.
Mayor Jan Vapaavuori, Sanna Vesikansa, the deputy mayor for social services and health care, Nasima Razmyar, the deputy mayor for culture and leisure, Pia Pakarinen, the deputy mayor for education, and Anni Sinnemäki, the deputy mayor for urban environment, will attend the event. The event will be hosted by Kelet Ali, a Finnish ballroom queen and the title character of biographical documentary Kelet.
Advance questions and views on the evening’s themes can be submitted online until 10 am on 7 September 2020.
At the event, the mayor and deputy mayors will address the progress of the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the city’s operations. With the LGBTQ+ resident evening, the city aims to promote the involvement of sexual and gender minorities, as well as their opportunity to influence the city’s decision-making processes.
The event can be viewed later on Helsinki-kanava.
Plenty of activities during the week
A variety of events will take place during Pride Week in libraries, such as visits from authors, drag queen story hours and a variety of workshops.
Helsinki City Youth Services will provide activities for the young; you can view the programme by clicking here.
Helsinki Culture Centres will hold Pride-themed workshops, show movies and arrange a closing ceremony for Pride youth. Click here to see the Pride Week programme of the Culture Centres.
Helsinki Gay Men’s Chorus Out ‘n loud will perform in the courtyard of Helsinki City Museum on Tuesday, 8 September at 5:30 pm. Guided exhibition tours will show you the Helsinki of yesteryear from a queer perspective. For additional information and to sign up, click here.
Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) is hosting a panel discussion called “Becoming” about body image, love, co-existing and healing trauma on Tuesday, 8 September at 5:00 pm. The programme also includes guided queer tours of the Tove Jansson gallery and the exhibition Genderfuck 1900. All downstairs exhibitions at HAM are free during Pride Week. For additional information and to sign up, please click here.
The photos included in the digital exhibition YÖELÄMÄ (“Night Life”) were taken between 1990 and 2020 in Helsinki. They present club culture over the course of three decades and illustrate the LGBTQ+ community’s bravery, creativity and hunger for life. The exhibition curator is Janne Siironen.
The exhibition will be open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday–Friday during Pride Week at the Helsinki City Hall event space.
In the field of education, early childhood education units, schools and educational establishments are encouraged to address equality issues in their communities.
Helsinki Pride Week will be opened by painting a rainbow pedestrian crossing in Hallituskatu on Monday, 7 September 2020, weather permitting.
Virtual parade and concert
You can join the rainbow-coloured Helsinki Pride online parade starting at noon on Saturday, 12 September. You can have a picnic from 1 pm onwards, provided that you follow the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations. Helsinki PrideCam will be moving about in the city all day long, recording groups in the streets and in the parks, as well as streaming events.
The Helsinki Pride 2020 concert will be streamed live on Saturday, 12 September from 4 pm to 6 pm. You can see it on the Helsinki Pride website and Yle. The concert will take place in Merikaapelihalli at Cable Factory.
Helsinki Pride is Finland’s largest human rights and culture event. It is produced by a couple of hired employees, dozens of partner organisations and a host of volunteers.
The event arranger is the Helsinki Pride community, which fights for the rights of sexual and gender minorities all year round.
The city of Helsinki is one of the main partners of Helsinki Pride Week. The cooperation aims to promote communality and engagement in the city, as well as to improve the residents’ awareness of equality, non-discrimination and human rights.
Helsinki Pride Week, 7–13 September 2020
#imwithpride and #helsinkipride2020
Pride Week programme
Helsinki-kanava, livestream from the evening for LGBTQ+ residents
Helsinki City Libraries’ Pride Week programme
Helsinki City Youth Services’ Pride Week programme
Helsinki Art Museum (HAM)
Photo by: Kimmo Brandt.