Are you interested in cultural environments — come along share ideas!

The City of Helsinki’s Cultural Environment Programme Workgroup and the Helsinki Neighbourhoods Association Helka organise a themed event on Thursday, 9 June 2022, from 16–18 at the City Hall’s Event Square.  The event presents the work carried out by the workgroup and sets out to identify proposals for new actions, approaches and partnerships to promote cultural environments and efforts related to them.

The City of Helsinki is preparing a cultural environment programme. The work on the programme started in 2021 and is due to be completed by the end of 2022. The event at the City Hall is meant to promote the networking between civil society actors and city representatives, inspiring everyone to adopt new approaches together. The best ideas may end up adopted in the cultural environment programme. We invite all civil society actors and residents interested in the subject to join in – let’s innovate together ways to contribute to the preservation of cultural environments in the future!

Register via this link:
Please register by 12:00 on 6 June 2022.
The event will be held in Finnish.


Cultural environment in Helsinki:
City residents as actors and guardians of cultural environments
Thu 9 June 2022 from 1618
at City Hall’s Event Square (Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13)

Opening words
Paavo Arhinmäki, City of Helsinki Deputy Mayor for Culture and Leisure

Presentation of the cultural environment programme
Sari Saresto, Project Manager, Cultural Environment Programme Workgroup/Helsinki City Museum

Results of Helka’s Survey of Cultural Environment
Pirjo Tulikukka and Varpu Kurkilahti/Helsinki Neighbourhoods Association ry Helka

New and evolving cultural environments – identification and recognition of various cultural environment values.  Case example: special characteristics and atmosphere of Merihaka from the residents’ perspective
Juha Vuorinen, Researcher, Helsinki City Museum
Annika Lepistö, Research Specialist, Kenno Anthropological Consulting/Miltton Oy



1. Routes

Introduction by Pauli Jokinen, Executive Director/Helsinki Walking Festival
Cycling, walking, curated tours – mixing moving and experience, storytelling. Introducing and sharing information on recent novel approaches and how to innovate more based on them.

 2. Green environments

Introduction by Otto-Ville Mikkelä, Executive Director/Roihuvuori-seura and the cherry trees in Roihuvuori
Residents as caretakers and guardians of the environment. Identifying and brainstorming new sites, approaches and partnerships

 3. Built heritage and built environment

Introduction by Riitta Korhonen, city activist, geologist (emerita), Lic.Phil./Hyötykasviyhdistys Association, Case Annala Manor
Ideas for models to get old buildings back in use in a new capacity.

 4. Urban culture and creative approaches

Introduction by Pekka Tuominen, Social and Cultural Anthropologist/University of Helsinki, Case Kontula Electronic and Kontula Research.
Discussion on good practices, new ideas and partnerships in interactive approaches.

 5. Approach-related table: Adopt a Monument

Introduction by Heini Hämäläinen and Anne Salminen, Researchers/Helsinki City Museum

Introduction to and development of the Adopt a Monument activity.  Identifying different types of sites, monuments, regional proposals and new partnerships.

Closing words

Event ends

 Photo: Jenni Kivelä/City of Helsinki