Gentrification at Ark Rex

Ark Rex was a two-day architecture documentary and film event at Bio Rex. I never knew there were events like this where architecture and film collide. The curator told the audience that they are fairly scarce. I was glad I had a work-related reason to go. Sadly, I was unable to attend Friday screenings dueContinue reading “Gentrification at Ark Rex”

Helsinki House of Culture

Kulttuuritalo (Helsinki House of Culture) is possibly the most iconic concert venue in Helsinki today. It was designed by the legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk and Duke Ellington played there. Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream, too. When a relatively new band called Queen played in 1974, theContinue reading “Helsinki House of Culture”

The Helsinki Book Fair

The Helsinki Book Fair is an annual celebration of the printed word. It is held at the Expo and Convention Centre in Pasila and fills vast halls with publishers and shops great and small. I am told 90,000 visitors came this year, which is a new record. It is a bustling market of books andContinue reading “The Helsinki Book Fair”

Kumpula Botanical Garden

The Kumpula Botanical Garden is one of Helsinki’s best kept secrets. The premises seem smaller from the outside than they actually are. Once inside, you will find that its collections include domestic species and exotic plants from around the world. There is a nice little café on the grounds. A manor house has stood onContinue reading “Kumpula Botanical Garden”

Welcome to Another Helsinki Blog!

Welcome to the blog! It’s dedicated to the things we like in and about Helsinki. Everything here is completely subjective and biased: if we (the writers) like it or think it particularly pleasant, we will write about it. If we don’t like something or think it’s merely OK, we will probably not write about it.Continue reading “Welcome to Another Helsinki Blog!”