Open Call

Apply to join the festival and to organize your own design event downtown or online from 1 to 11 September 2022!

The events chosen to participate will become part of the official Helsinki Design Week programme and gain visibility in the marketing communications of the festival. The call is open from 3 March to 19 June 2022 to produce programme for the HDW festival.

We develop our operations continuously. In order for us to serve you better, please send us feedback at info[a] If you would like to join the festival but are unsure about your form of contribution, please contact programme director Anni Korkman by email at anni.korkman[a]

Event categories

Companion Events: participation fee 550€ + VAT 24%

 Companion events are highlighted in the festival programme on the HDW website. In addition, the fee includes marketing materials for online use, three posters and two visual elements that can be used for several years. The fee also includes posts published both at Helsinki Design Week on Instagram and on Facebook to reach up to 40,000 followers. We’ll post about companion events in our newsletter sent daily during the festival (“festival post”) with up to five items from the programme.

Satellite Events: participation fee 95€ + VAT 24%

 Listing in the festival programme on the HDW website. Satellite events receive marketing materials for online and social media use (incl. digital HDW stickers, image frames and similar) and two posters.

Signature Events

The Helsinki Design Week team produces annual events that have been in our programme since the beginning of the festival. Our main exhibition is often arranged in an exciting location, and our side events include the super popular PechaKucha Night. It is our tradition to kick off the festival with the Design Market outlet event followed by the Open Studios and Open Showrooms tours. Children’s Design Week includes activities for the entire family. At Helsinki Design Awards, we’ll celebrate Finnish design, and at the Design Diplomacy events, we’ll have the opportunity to talk with designers at various ambassadors’ residencies. For more information, please visit the main events page


Communications have the best impact when each event organizer contributes by spreading the message through their own media and channels. In addition, Helsinki Design Week has marketing communication services to offer. Additional details on what is available in our Communications Package can be found in the application form.

We are happy to help you with curation and production if you want. If you have any wishes or ideas for development concerning our extra services, please contact us by email at

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