Gallery: Night Of The Arts 30th Anniversary

Colour, movement, sound and above all spectacle at Helsinki's annual one-night-only pop-up arts event!

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Physical Opera performing Peter Pan on a stage smaller than an average bathroom / Credit: Eemeli Sarka, News Now Finland

Helsinki’s streets came alive on Thursday as thousands of spectators and performers celebrated the 30th annual Night of the Arts.

“Helsinki has changed a lot of the past decades, but we believe people still want to get together and see the city in a different light” explains Laura Gottleben from Helsinki Festival.

This year’s highlights included a spectacular ‘human net’ rising above Senate Square, as performers from the group La Fura dels Baus twisted on lines, suspended by a crane and bathed in dramatic lighting.

Hundreds of other events ranged from amateur break dancers to open mic karaoke, art installations and dance troupes to plays performed on a tiny stage and painting events for children.

“Night of the Arts has become a Helsinki tradition, but luckily a very lively one. The number of events organised during the evening has grown almost year after year, and we again listed over 300 events ranging from discussions to short films and live music of every kind” Gottleben tells News Now Finland.

Photographer Eemeli Sarka was out last night in the city, roaming around with his camera to capture images of some of the most memorable, colourful and creative Night of the Arts events.