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Due to the exceptional global situation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the opening date of Helsinki Biennial will be postponed. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island 12.6.–26.9.2021.


Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in summer 2020 in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island.

Helsinki Biennial will present the highlights of international art from Finland and around the world to Helsinki’s residents and tourists. There will be workshops, multidisciplinary art performances and a programme of associated events on Vallisaari Island and elsewhere in Helsinki.

Vallisaari Island is located between the open sea and the urban landscape. Helsinki Biennial’s artworks will be built on an island, which is layered in cultural history and has returned to nature, in a way that respects its nature and buildings. Helsinki Biennial is based on sustainability and responsibility, and these values are being respected as much as possible in the implementation of the event.

Helsinki Biennial is free to attend.

The Same Sea

The main theme of Helsinki Biennial 2020 is interdependence: every action and thing has an impact on something else and supports the whole. The curators of Helsinki Biennial 2020 have given the event the subtitle: The Same Sea.

“The ecological crisis means we are now on the cusp of enormous changes and this is defining our common future everywhere. The biennial’s subtitle, The Same Sea, refers to this situation, which concerns everyone but affects different places in different ways. Like the sea, it is a complex, inconstant entirety that bypasses all boundaries and appears different depending on the perspective,” say Pirkko Siitari and Taru Tappola, head curators of the biennial.

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Contact information

Hanna-Mari Peltomäki

Head of Helsinki Biennial

+358 40 543 2087

Jonna Hurskainen

Head of Helsinki Biennial

+358 40 128 6070

Satu Metsola

Coordinating Curator

+358 40 482 4091

Annika Pråhl


+358 40 184 1837

Maija Eränen

Customer Service Manager

+358 40 507 5305

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

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The treasure island of art

Vallisaari Island, which is located next to Helsinki, offers a unique environment for Helsinki Biennial.

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