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Helsinki 2012

14th Oct 2012

at Athens

This year, the European Design Awards ceremony is taking place in Helsinki, Finland. The fact that Helsinki is the World Design Capital 2012, means that a lot of events and exhibitions are going to be available for the people who will attend our Awards Ceremony.
Poland’s buzzing capital city is this year’s host of the European Design Festival. Helping curate its schedule are two of the most established local design players: the Element Talks conference and the Polish Graphic Design Awards. An amazing schedule of events is therefore, 100% guaranteed! It includes exhibitions, film shows, parties, lectures, workshops, networking sessions, studio walks and much, much more.

Ceremony and Party

ED-Awards 2012 Ceremony

Awards Ceremony This is the time when the best designers from all corners of the continent come together to recognize and to reward the effort and the results that they have achieved during the previous year. With participants from 34 different countries (from Iceland to Cyprus and from Russia to

Winners Party

Right after the ED-Awards ceremony, it is (as always) party time! Time to relax, to interact with creative people from all over Europe, time to dance and have a good time. The party will take place at Ahjo, a lovely small club located a five minute walk away from Bio

Travel Information

Flying to Helsinki

Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the main internationalairport of the Helsinki metropolitan region and the whole of Finland. It is located in Vantaa, 17.0 km north of Helsinki city centre. It is the international and domestic hub for Finnair, the Finnish flag carrier, Blue1, the Finnish regional division of

Getting from the airport to the city centre

TAXI From the airport it is easy to take a taxi to the city centre. It will cost around 40€ and take about half an hour. BUS You can also travel by bus from the airport to Helsinki centre. Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and



Helsinki offers a wide range of accommodation, from inexpensive hostels to luxury establishments. Whether you are looking for the most modern hotel centre, a cosy family hotel or a convenient hostel, you will find what you are looking for. To make your stay more interesting, though, we have contacted Klaus

Parallel Events

Design in a Diverse Society

The International Cultural Centre Caisa is a unit of the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. Its task is to promote good ethnic relations in Helsinki, support the integration of people moving to Helsinki from different cultures, provide Helsinki residents with a diverse cultural offering in different languages, give people living

Design Museum

The central meeting place of the design capital is a wooden pavilion designed by Aalto University students, and is being built in the courtyard area between the Design Museum and Museum of Finnish Architecture. The activities at the museums will also be expanding into the courtyard and onto the street

Metamorphosis and Inspiring Encounter

Two exhibitions present works by design students from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design and Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. The Lobby Chairs by the students from Lahti were created using recycled furniture elements from Martela. The Stockholm students’ creations,

Yellow City – illustrated stories from Helsinki

The series of exhibitions entitled ‘Yellow City – illustrated stories from Helsinki’ is based on the book with the same title combining illustrations and literature, to be published in January 2012. The exhibition portrays the nature of illustration as utilitarian art: how an illustration is created to order. For the

INDEX: Award 2011 Exhibition

Today, a widening field of designers and manufacturers is turning inspiration, skills and industrial capabilities to issues of improving life – both in the developed world and in still-emerging societies. INDEX: Award 2011 Exhibition thus features the 60 finalists for INDEX: Award 2011 – the world’s biggest, life-improving design award.

Nordic Masters

This project will introduce works by arts and crafts masters who are at the beginning of their careers. In this exhibition masters from the other Nordic Countries will encounter their Finnish colleagues. After the exhibition in Helsinki, the masters will tour in the other Nordic Countries. The exhibition will be

TIMEless – Design from the Stone Age to Today

TIMEless – Design from the Stone Age to Today is a review of the design of objects crucial for living, from the Stone Age to today. The focal points are Stone Age tools, hunting and fishing equipment, ceramics and artefacts discovered on the dig of Gubbacka medieval village. They are