Viaporin Kekri is an educational experiment for Haaga-Helia, learning opportunity and networking exercise for its students, and a carefully crafted event for Suomenlinna visitors built up of fine storytelling, lively performances, immersive experiences, art, food, music and unique atmosphere.
Read more about how Viaporin Kekri was done in previous years below.
Took place on 31.10.2015.
Approximately 1530 visitors.
Event was created by second year Haaga-Helia students as a part of the course “Scripting and Performing Experiences”. They were responsible for all stages: event conceptualisation, acquiring partners, and final execution.
Many city-based businesses took part in the event. It was a big experiment and a big success. Tickets for some happenings were sold out in only couple of hours and lines on the day of the event exceeded all expectations.
The most curious and popular happenings were the Mystery Murder Dinner, Chilling Tunnel Tours, 1800s Century Harvest Tapas Party, Hallway of Souls and the Soldiers Hospital, and pop-up in Suomenlinna Hostel. The day ended with burning the Kekri Buck and this became Viaporin Kekri’s annual tradition.
Took place on 5.11.2016.
Approximately 4500 visitors.
As before, the event was created by Haaga-Helia students, but the process behind it went through massive changes. More companies were outsourced to design experiences for different venues as Viaporin Kekri was getting bigger. It led to wonderful creative collaborations and provided platform for many excellent performers and businesses that didn’t leave visitors disappointed.
Viaporin Kekri 2016 recreated popular happenings from last year such as Hallways of Lost Souls, but also experimented with more artistic and abstract experiences (mostly carried by Recover Laboratory).
Another Viaporin Kekri tradition was established – Beer Festival of Small Breweries held in the stunning Tenaille von Fersen. This year, Suomenlinna once again opened up its mysterious, usually hidden spaces just for one day giving Kekri’s visitors an opportunity to experience unknown sides of the island.
Took place on 4.11.2017.
Approximately 4900 visitors.
Viaporin Kekri continued to grow and evolve with new event concepts being developed and old traditions being revised. Students kept on designing and executing events and experiences and working in cooperation with professional actors, musicians, restaurateurs and businessmen.
The idea of having light installations in dark closed-up spaces of the fortress had been discussed since the first Viaporin Kekri and finally it came to life.
Art took new forms in Blindfolded Theatre, performances combining theatre, poetry and video installations, and new immersive shows by Recover Laboratory. Full Moon Tour gave visitors a chance to explore the furthest tip of Suomenlinna in pitch-black darkness and under the starry sky.
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