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23 January, 2019

See & Do in Helsinki: Lux Helsinki 2019

It's the darkest time of the year in Helsinki - but no worries - Lux Helsinki is here to cheer you up with inspiring light artworks and a festival atmosphere!

Lux Helsinki Event in Helsinki

The Light Festival Lux Helsinki, organised from Saturday 5 January to Wednesday 9 January 2019, will offer inspiring light artworks in Helsinki city centre.

The official Lux Helsinki route with twelve installations has been designed as a dramaturgical series that should be seen in numerical order from start to finish.

However, if you don't have time for a full round, here are our recommendations: 

Tim Etchells: We Wanted

  • Where: Central Library Oodi 
  • When: 5–9 January 2019 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Tim Etchells (UK) uses neon and LED lamps to create light sculptures that explore the playful and poetic nature of language. With his simple illuminated texts, he wants to create stories, stir emotions and cause confusion.

Read more about We Wanted

XYZ & Antti Nykyri: GRID

  • Where: Tunturikatu 1
  • When: 5–9 January 2019 5pm–10 pm

"GRID utilises laser mapping technology that has never before been used in Finland on such a scale. The geometric shapes and forms created by the lasers bring a six-metre wooden frame to life. The installation has been created by light artists Pekka Korpi and Otto Suojanen of XYZ Designs, and its sound design and music are by sound artist Antti Nykyri."

Read more about GRID or see the full list of light artworks and map for Lux Helsinki here.

​Photo: Matti Pyykkö​ (c) Helsinki Marketing

After Lux Helsinki: Art & Cocktail Art at Wintergarden Restaurant & Bar

After admiring the light artwork outside, we recommend enjoying a hot cup of coffee or an artisan cocktail at Hotel St. George's magical  Wintergarden Restaurant & Bar - a place to stay, relax and spend time with friends.

And if Lux Helsinki didn't already satisfy your art cravings, there are some 400 pieces of art also at Hotel St. George.

You'll find for example Tianwu by Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai WeiWei in the entrance hall and the six-meter metal culpture Learning to Fly by Pekka Jylhä in Wintergarden.

Wintergarden is open every day:

  • Mon-Tue 11:00-24:00
  • Wed-Thu 11:00-01:00
  • Fri-Sat 11:00-02:00
  • Sun 11:00-24:00

Address: Yrjönkatu 13, Hotel St. George

I did it Mai WeiWei -cocktail got its inspiration from Ai WeiWei's artpiece Tianwu

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