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Urban Exploration Helsinki – Tartu

18 September 2020

Digital Event

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The largest cultural centre in Finland – Kaapeli, in cooperation with Estonian cultural centre Aparaaditehas, are organising a partially digital Urban Exploration. The event will take place on the 18th of September in two northern cities Helsinki and Tartu. It will be streamed from both cities, but both events will gather 20-40 people on spot too. The main theme of the event is co-creation, commons, activating citizens and opening public spaces.


The Urban Exploration will be divided into four sessions (all times are in CEST):

  • 13.00 – 16.00International session with the keynote speakers including Q&As (this session will be held in English)
  • 16:00 – 17.00: Two local parallel panel discussions in Helsinki (in Finnish) and Tartu (in English)
  • 17.00 – 18.00: Joined aftermath session with music.

Raine Heikkinen (Helsinki) & Jonas Büchel (Tartu) will host the events.

Keynote Speakers:

1.) Perttu Pölönen – Inventor, Futurist, Author, Speaker, Composer

“You are only as valuable as you are diverse”

Perttu is an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker. He has received excellent feedback on his ability to bring fresh ideas to disruption, the evolution of work and education. As a member of the generation Z, he has unique perspectives to the changes ahead and happening already. In Kaapeli he will give an inspirational speech of co-creation.

2.) Tõnis Arjus – Tartu City Architect

“Autovabaduse Puiestee – Car-Free Avenue”

Car-Free Avenue became a hot spot for different events like dance courses, morning yogas, national radio broadcast pop-ups, concerts and more. And what’s most important – it created a public discussion all over Estonia on climate change, excessive car-ownership and different methods in tackling the issues of building a sustainable future.

 3.) Sara Kuusi – City of Helsinki, Planner                                  

“Activating citizens with culture: case The Helsinki Model”

The Helsinki Model is a model for participatory local cultural work, which encourages art institutions and professional groups of artists to expand their operations beyond their own facilities and work in cooperation with the residents and communities of various neighbourhoods.


4.) Berk Vaher – Writer, DJ and Culture Events Organizer

“All the City’s a Stage: Culturing Non-Spaces in Tartu and Beyond”

In the 2010s, the concept of “non-Tartu” emerged among Tartuvian writers, photobloggers and flaneurs to signify fascination with the fringes, blank spots, derelict areas and other “non-touristic” spaces in the city. By the end of the decade, it had inspired several acts of appropriating those spaces for artistic events, turning them into ad hoc stages or venues. This practice is of course not unique for Tartu – but each urban space presents its own unique possibilities.

5.) Sonya Lindfors – Dancer, Choreographer

“Helsinki Culture Vision 2030 – Artist view”

The Arts and Culture Vision Committee was tasked with examining the role of arts and culture in the city in the long term, setting objectives for the promotion of arts and culture and presenting measures for achieving them. The committee was also tasked with preparing policies for Helsinki, based on which parties operating in Helsinki, including those unaffiliated with the City, could promote the fulfilment of the vision.

6.) Karin Bachmann – Landscape Architect

“Curated biodiversity” 

Karin is a second-year doctoral student in Estonian Academy of Arts, in the department of architecture and city planning. She speaks about the process of making the city centre of Tartu biologically (and socially) a more diverse and active environment.

How to join the digital event?

You don’t need to register for the event. Just click on the following links to join the different sessions:


Raisa Karttunen