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Thursday 24 October 2019

Option 1: Finish Design & Architecture Tour

Helsinki was the World Design Capital in 2012 and Design is everywhere: In functionality of public transportation, architecture where east meets west and old meets new as well as endless shops and galleries presenting local design and art. During this tour you will visit some local designers and visit the new Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Chapel of Silence as well as Löyly – interesting sauna venue by the seaside.

09:30 – Tour starts from the hotel. You will visit Löyly and Chapel of Silence – both representing innovative design.

11:30 – Guided tour at Design Museum where you will see permanent exhibition “Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design” . During the visit you will also see the exhibition by Austrian-born architect and designer Josef Frank (1885 –1967) specialized in architecture, urban planning and furniture and textile design. Frank is an iconic figure whose oeuvre still defines our notion of post-war Nordic design.

12:45 – Continue to Herttoniemi towards famous Finnish design brand Marimekko´s factory.

13:15 – Lunch will be served at Restaurant Maritori where Marimekko´s dishes and design can be seen in daily use. After lunch short stop at the factory shop.

14:30 – Continue to Iittala Arabia Design Centre where you will have a tour of the museum as well as meet some local designer. At the end of the tour you will have a chance to get Finnish design from the factory shop.

16:30 – Back at hotel

Option 2: Nuuksio National Park

09:30 – Depart from Helsinki to Nuuksio National Park. Guide will tell about the meaning of nature and forests to Finns.

10:30 – Visit to Haltia Nature Centre to learn more about the diversity of Finnish and Arctic nature.

11:30 – Short hike to the nearby Reindeer park

12:15 – We will arrive to the reindeer park from the forest gate. You can see the reindeer at close range, feed them and take photos.

13:00 – Lunch is served in our cozy Lappish kota restaurant “White Reindeer” by the fire.

14:30 – Return to Helsinki

15:30 – Back at hotel

Dinner at the House of Nobility

18:00 – Departure from the hotel by bus

Dress code: business suit/cocktail dress

22:00 – Return to hotel by bus

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Friday 25 October 2019

Option 1: Kiasma & Oodi & Amos Rex

Kiasma is a museum of contemporary art under the umbrella of the Finnish National Gallery. The basic functions of the museum are organising changing exhibitions and augmenting its collection, along with research and presentation of the works. The primary focus in the museum collection is on Finnish contemporary art. The collection is also supplemented by commissioning new work. The collection is presented to the public in annually changing thematic exhibitions. Kiasma was designed by the American architect Steven Holl and opened to the public in 1998.

A new private art museum with unique architecture is opened in central Helsinki at the end of August 2018. Amos Rex will be a meeting place for art and urban culture, consisting of new underground exhibition spaces, the old Lasipalatsi (glass palace) from 1936 and its Bio Rex cinema, as well as a vibrant event forum on Lasipalatsi Square, which will serve as the roof of the exhibition hall.

09:30 – This walking tour will start from the hotel. You will walk past Finlandia Hall and Music Hall to Kiasma Modern Art museum. Guide will tell you about Helsinki on the way.

10:00 – Guided tour of Kiasma modern art museum.

11:30 – Visit to the new Oodi library, which has become the living room for Helsinki residents and visitors alike. Guide will tell you about Finnish way of life.

12:30 – Lunch at Restaurant Lasipalatsi, located in the protected functional style building

14:00 – Guided tour of Amos Rex – newest addition to the Helsinki museum and exhibition scene.

15:30 – Walk back to the hotel

15:45 – Back at hotel

Option 2: Music & Art at Villa Kokkonen & Halosenniemi

09:30 – Walk from the hotel with guide to a local artist home gallery for a home visit and hear what it is like to be an artist in modern day Finland. This artist couple lives in  a beautiful villa, which they have renovated themselves and which has a lovely view over the Töölönlahti bay.

11:00 – Depart by private bus onwards to Lake Tuusula area where a unique community of artists formed on the shores of Lake Tuusula. Several renowned masters of Finnish music, arts and literature lived in this area during the boom of Finnish national culture in the late 19th and early 20th century.

11:30 – Visit to Villa Kokkonen where you will have a tour of the villa designed by Alvar Aalto and a miniconcert by the hosts, followed by a buffet lunch

13:30 – Visit painter Pekka Halonen’s national romantic style wilderness studio Halosenniemi, which functions as an art museum.

14.30 – Return to Helsinki

15:00 – Back at hotel

Chemical Convention Gala Dinner at the Finlandia Hall

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18:00 – Departure from the hotel by bus

Dress code: business suit/cocktail dress

22:00 – Return to hotel by bus