Staged for the third year in row, a range of shopping centres, boutiques, restaurants, museums and many other operators in the centre of Helsinki are celebrating Ihana Helsinki during the month of May. Translated as “Lovely Helsinki”, the event seeks to officially open the door to spring and summertime by decorating and taking over Helsinki with flowers and also presenting a versatile and interesting programme.

Amidst the festivities is the Shopping Night on Thursday 15 May, where organisers hope to give the flagging economy a boost by keeping shops’ doors open until midnight. Elsewhere, Saturday 17 May sees a special day for children and families being held. More information about events can be found from the website.

Lovely Helsinki –
City Festival 2014

James O’Sullivan