Festival Info

Helsinki Design Week will take place 8–17 September 2023 around the city and online.

The largest design festival in the Nordics presents over hundred events in architecture and design. The festival offers exhibitions, parties, sales events, open doors, fashion shows and much more for both city dwellers as well as design professionals. The ticket sales begins on 14 June. This is also when the full programme will be launched. Most of the events are free.

This page will be updated closer to the event.
Here you will find everything you need for visiting the festival.

If you are already planning your visit and travelling to Helsinki from afar, we recommend you to have a look at our Hotel Partners U14 and F6. They offer a -20% discount for HDW visitors between 8 and 17 September 2023.

The main venue of 2023 is Merikortteli in Punavuori. You can learn more here.
Other important venues are Cable Factory and the Design Museum.

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Every year, there is a festival theme. The theme of 2023 is “Once upon a time”.
You can read more about it here.

Helsinki Design Week is built together with our community of event organizers. Our multidisciplinary and international festival programme consists of Main Events as well as Partner Events and Satellite Events.

Helsinki Design Week main events 2023

8 and 9 September Open Studios
9–10 September Design Market
13–17 September Main venue Merikortteli
13-16 September Art Goes Showroom
14 September PechaKucha Night
15–17 September Children’s Design Week

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Some of the events have limited audience numbers or require, by their very nature, that the organizer knows who will be participating. Separate tickets are sold for these events, and festival registration is required. The ticket sales begin on 14 June 2023. Admission to most events is free. We do not accept registrations via email.


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