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For visitors

Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki.  The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island 12.6.–26.9.2021.

Helsinki Biennial is free of charge. There is a fee for the ferry.

Helsinki Biennial presents 40 artists or collectives from Finland and around the world. You can spot artworks outside along the cobbled path and inside historical buildings, gunpowder cellars and empty residential buildings. Uniting the maritime island with the city, Helsinki Biennial also extends its presence to the mainland.


Ferry services

The route traffic to Vallisaari is operated by JT-Line Ltd. In summer 2021, the scheduled traffic to Vallisaari runs from Lyypekinlaituri, a pier on the Market Square located by the Old Market Hall, and another route from Hakaniemi shore. There will also be a circular route running between the islands of Vallisaari, Lonna, and Suomenlinna.

The ferries arrive at the Luotsipiha pier and depart from the Torpedonlahti pier. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the pavilion ticketing point on the Market Square and on the internet. The timetables for the scheduled traffic will be announced in early April.

Vallisaari can also be accessed with private boats. There are 70 berths in the guest harbour at the Torpedonlahti bay.

Information point & shop

Visitors to the island will be served by the information desk located by the Luotsipiha entry pier, where you can buy a biennial guidebook or booklet to support your visit. The biennial attendants, working on Vallisaari, will also be happy to answer questions about art and the island.

The Biennial shop in Torpedonlahti offers an interesting and timely selection of Helsinki Biennial postcards, books, and other delightful products. The Biennial info desk and shop will be open during Helsinki Biennial’s opening hours.

Contact information

Helsinki Biennial’s general e-mail address is

Jonna Hurskainen

Head of Helsinki Biennial

+358 40 128 6070

Jenni Kuisma-Dillemuth

Marketing and communications

Maija Eränen

Customer Service Manager

+358 40 507 5305

Satu Metsola

Coordinating Curator

+358 40 482 4091

Annika Pråhl


+358 40 184 1837

Anna Vihanta

Communications Officer

+358 40 509 3408

Kiira Kivisaari

Environmental Coordinator

+358 40 489 4470

Erno Tainio

Production Assistant

+358 40 191 8209

Niko Kurola

Technical Manager

+358 40 487 7213

Joonas Berlin

VIP Coordinator

+358 40 646 2219

Anneli Kanninen

Biennial Shop and Guiding

+358 40 610 9782

Mirkka Hekkurainen

Customer Service Group Leader

+358 40 198 5646