Program

Cecilia Palombo 2018, Suomenlinna.

Program for Viaporin Kekri 2019

Please notice that some venues may require booking beforehand. Booking information is given in venue description, if applicable.

Events

Kekri Buck Burning Ceremony

Varvilahti
19:00
Free entry

Brought to you by Kohellus orchestra, Tuliryhmä Polte & Kekri Buck by Mia Piironen.

Sorrow Collectors

Church Park & outside of Susisaaren Ruokala
14:00-18:30
Free entry

Write down your sorrows and give them to the sorrow
collectors, so they can be burnt together with the Kekri Buck.

Shadows of the Past

Tenaille von Fersen
16:00-19:00 
20:00-21:30
Free entry

Don’t miss the only opportunity to meet Spirits of Suomenlinna in mysterious hallways which open their door for the visitors only once a year. You will have a chance to hear stories about life in Suomenlinna from those who witnessed them with their own eyes.

Hanged Rebel

Clock Tower
14:00-18:30
20:00-21:30
Free, limited entry

 

Help the spirit of the Clock Tower to escape with clues and be careful not the get lost yourself or answer incorrectly.

Limited entry

Price: Free

Book here

Kekri Sauna

Linna bar
30.10.-2.11.2019
Booking available, walk-ins warmly welcome as well!

Extended opening: 30.10.-2.11.2019

Sit back and enjoy the warmth of traditional Sauna in a relaxing Kekri atmosphere!

Opening times:
Wednesday: 16:00-21:00
Thursday: 16:00-21:00
Friday: 15:00-22:00
Saturday: 14:00-23:00

Book here

Price: 12€
(includes a small surprise)

Book here

Ruutikellari Rituals: Drumming Ritual

Gunpowder Magazine
17:30-18:30
Booking needed

Ancient cultures and indigenous people created songs, poems and rituals to pass on information about the wonders of life to each generation. They lived in balance with nature, gave offerings and scheduled day-to-day life in line with the rhythm of nature. Come and experience a little journey beyond times and join us in ancient Finnish drumming ritual on Kekri.
Arrive with open and sober mind.

The drumming ritual is facilitated by Reetta Ranta; a storyteller, coach and TV producer. Reetta’s mission is to revitalise ancient spiritual practices and rituals, and reconnect people with nature. Reetta is also known from her Sauna Sisters -rituals and TV series Back to Nature. She is currently writing a book about rituals and developing new nature related tv concepts.

Price: 20€ (kids for free)

First 30 people will be provided with a yoga mat.

Book here

Ruutikellari Rituals: Marrasjooga

Gunpowder Magazine
14:30-15:30
Booking needed

Welcome to this earthy autumn yoga that suits beginners also!

Price: 20€

Payment: Cash, card, Smartum tickets, SmartumPay, Edenred or ePass.

First 30 people will be provided with a yoga mat.

Book here

Ruutikellari Rituals: Sointukylpy

Gunpowder Magazine
16:00-17:00
Booking needed

This relaxing experience facilitated by Ona Kamu will deeply relax you and will take you on a journey to get to know the sound-resonance-method and guide you on how to deep-relax listening to the sound of the singing bowls and harmonious sounds of gongs. You will be lying cozy under a quilt, on a mattress on the floor with your clothes on, and let the harmonious sounds rinse your body, mind and soul. The sointukylpy lasts for about an hour and includes an introduction, the Sointukylpy and finally a return to the present moment. Welcome to explore the harmony of the mind and body through sound. Participants should bring with them a thin mattress, a quilt, a small pillow if you will, and a water bottle. In this relaxation session you don’t need to do any imagining exercises or control your concentration; in this session you can just be.

Price: 20€

First 30 people will be provided with a yoga mat and quilt.

Book here 

The Horror Cabaret

Pirunkirkko Banquet Hall
15:00-16:15
17:00-18:15
20:00-21:15
Booking needed

Only in Finnish

The Horror Cabaret is a musical cabaret connecting music, drama and macabre aesthetics. Suomenlinna Pirunkirkko offers a great setting for impressive visualization and sound. The show is cool, exciting, but also laughable. It is based on the local story of Suomenlinna and Finnish fantasy stories. The decisive horror cabaret wields the characters familiar with the horror tradition. On the stage, drowning sailors, devil, crazy witches, a mumble priest, and of course a miserable bride.

Not recommended for kids under 10 years.

Buy tickets:
Päätön Kauhukabaree (tiketti)
(Link open for a new tab)

Website

Price:
27€ normal ticket
22€ reduced price

Book here

Light Circus Spektri

Multiple locations
Check details below
Free entry

Circus Spektri shines bright in all colors of the rainbow! The performances impressively combine dance, music and LED-based tricks. Prepare for magical light phenomena and a joyful feeling that catches both children and adults.

17:00
Church park
17:45
Suomenlinna Summer Theatre
18:30
Garrison field
20:00 & 20:20
Main Quay

Survivors of Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna Center
14:00
17:00
Booking needed

Escape Game. Start in front of Suomenlinna Center
Teams (min. 2 persons) have to solve puzzles, find escape codes and a solution to save Viapori from a horrifying disease. 

Brought by Elämystorppa. Both in Finnish and English.

Price:
2-3 ppl  40€
4-6 ppl 60€

Book here

Brewery Tours

Restaurant Suomenlinnan Panimo
Check details below
Free, booking needed

Join the tour inside the brewery of Suomenlinna!

Tours:
14:00-14:30 Finnish
14:45-15:15 Finnish
15:30-16:00 Finnish
16:15-16:45 English

Max 15 ppl per tour

Price: Free

Book here

Beer Fest

Tenaille Von Fersen
1.-2.11.2019
Extended opening

Payment: Cash, card

Beer Fest with tasty beers and delicious food brought to you by: Suomenlinnan Panimo, Coolhead Brew, Maku Brewing, Fat Lizard, HIISI, Salama Brewing, Linna Bar Restaurant Pop-Up.

Opening times & Performances:

Friday: 16:00-22:00

19:00-22:00
DJ Nobi


Saturday: 14:00-23:00

16:00
Yhden tähden choir performs 

17:45
Jimbino vegan and swing barbarians 

20:00-23:00
DJ Tony Sirén playing

 

Additional info: 2€ glass deposit

Kekri Tasting: Brew & Bite

Tenaille Von Fersen
14:00 & 16:00
Booking needed

Epic beer tasting in historical atmosphere! Tasting session includes 6 different beers to taste with some tasty bits on the side! Let our expert guide you through the world of the beers of Beer Fest! Beers brought to you by Fat Lizard, Maku Brewing, Panimo HIISI, Suomenlinnan Panimo, Salama Brewing and Cool Head Brew! Food by Haaga-Helia students.

16:00
Live music by Kohellus Orhestra

K-18

Price: 20€
Payment:
 Cash, card

Book here

FLASH 2 Light Art Biennale

Riffle Gallery,
Levyhalli Hall,
Suomenlinna Summer Theatre
15:00-22:00
Free entry

Extended opening:
1.-10.11.2019

Eyes Wide Viapori

The anticipated and impressive light art biennale’s second edition will be open to public November 1st to 10th 2019 in Suomenlinna fortress island of Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition is organized by Finnish Light Art Society FLASH.

Website

Light art guided tours
19:30 in sign language
20:00 in Russian
20:30 in English and Swedish
21:00 in Finnish

Maximum 25 people, Signing up at Welder’s cafe 15 min before the tour starts.

Workshops by Flash

HIAP Gallery Augusta
15:00-18:00
Free entry
Booking needed

The workshop, led by visual artist Anne Roininen, will explore light, reflections and shadows. Inspired by these phenomena, a colourful light mobile will be built. The workshop is suitable for both children and adults. Children aged 6 or less must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops:
15:00-15:45
16:15-17:00
17:30-18:15

The workshop takes 45 minutes and 10 persons are allowed to each workshop. Take a bag with you to bring the mobile back home with you.

Price: Free

Book here

Tarot Card Readings

Visitor Info
14:00-20:00

Only in Finnish

Payment: Cash only

Reading 10€

Tarot Card Readings by Tarot-Tuula

Website

The starry sky above Suomenlinna

Guided tour from in front of Susisaaren Ruokala
20:00
Free entry

Only in Finnish

Duration: ~1 hour

Experience the darkest spot in Helsinki during the Ursa Starry Sky over Suomenlinna guided tour in Kustaanmiekka! During the excursion you will learn about the constellations of autumn and the structure of the universe revealed by them.

The tour is open to all and does not require registration or special equipment.

In case of cloudy weather the trip will be cancelled – in case of partly cloudy conditions you may come to check the place of departure.

More information at tuukka.perhoniemi@ursa.fi

In case of partly cloudy conditions, please come to the place of departure.

Custom Museum & Sniffer Dog Show

Customs Museum
14:00-19:00
Free entry

Thematic exhibition: Dogs at Finnish
Customs – 50 Years of Detector Dog
Activities.

14:1516:15
Sniffer Dog show
(will be cancelled in case of bad weather).

Website

Red Cross of Suomenlinna

Cabinet in Restaurant Suomenlinnan Panimo 
16:00-17:00
Free entry

Meet Kristiina Kumpula, main secretary of Red Cross of Suomenlinna at the Suomenlinnan Panimo cabinet and get familiar with their activities.

Helsinki Old Militia

Parade Field
15:00-17:00
Free entry

Come, see and experience old-fashioned musket exercises! Kids are welcome to try old-fashioned army activities themselves. You can also spot the militia walking around Suomenlinna – keep your eyes open!

Website

Borsch Soup & Live Music

Officer’s Club
14:00-18:00
Free entry

Come and have a peek of the Officers’ Club! Doors open at 13:45

14:00
Concert by Flute Trio WaCava
15:00
Yhden tähden kuoro Choir performs
16:00
Konsort Karhea performs

Borsch soup lunch 8€ (from 14.00)

Payment: Cash, card

Night Call at Kekri

Ballast Room
19:40-19:50
Free entry

Hear the local evening trumpet sounds from Ballast Room’s window

Swing High Candlelight Concert

Suomenlinna church
14:00 & 16:30
Free entry

In this All Saints’ day Candlelight concert you will hear deep and calming songs of longing, but the beams of joy and gratitude are not forgotten. We welcome you to the atmospheric, candle lit church of Suomenlinna. Come and have a moment of peace with us!

Brochure: 5€
Payment: Cash only

14.00
Final rehearsal (open for public)

16.30
All Saints’ Day Candlelight concert

Glitch in Kekri games

Suomenlinna Library
14:00-18:00
Free entry

Come and meet Jade, Cosmo and Alvar – Characters from Anders Vacklin’s and Aki Parhamaa’s books Beta and Glitch – and join the mixed reality adventure game!

This event is targeted to teenagers.


Games start at:

14.00
15.30
17.00

Music night

Linnabar
1.-2.11.2019
Free entry

Extended opening:
1.-2.11.2019

1.11 Program:
20:00 Osteri
22:00 Suomenlinnan Suolakurkut

2.11 Program:
17:30 Yhden Tähden choir
18:15 Konsort Karhea
20:00 Tommi Salmelainen Plays Leevi & The Leavings
20:45 Tomppa & Otto Duo

Military Museum & Guided Tours

Military Museum’s Manege
11:00-16:30
Free entry

Discover the history of Finnish Defence Forces. Free guided tour with the theme Finland at War.

Tours: 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 & 15.00

Capacity: 25 ppl (no booking)

Suomenlinna Museum & Guided Tours

Suomenlinna Museum
10:30-20:00

Suomenlinna Museum, located in the Suomenlinna Centre, showcases the eventful history of the island fortress from the 18th century to the present day. It also depicts the restoration of the World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna.

Entrance:
8€ adults
5€ pensioners and students 
kids for free

Payment: Cash, card


Guided tours:
11€ 

Book guided tours:
Rakkaudella Viaporista
Kurja Viapori
(Links open in a new tab)

Live Music & Open Doors

Nordic Culture Point
14:00-17:00
Free entry

15:30
Yhden tähden choir

16:00
Flute Trio

Website

Nail Art Esa Toivanen Studio

Esa Toivanen Studio
14:00-20:00
Free entry

Come and see Esa’s nail art! Possibility to buy the art.

Website

Welding Show & Open Doors

Seppo Muukka Star Welding
16:00-19:00
Free entry

Open doors at the welding workshop.

17:00 & 18:00
Welding Show

Glass Studio Open Doors

Glass studio Hytti Ry
14:00-18:00
Free entry

Come and observe the work of glass blower and artist Sini Majuri and stay warm and cozy next to the hot oven of the studio! Glass products are sold on spot.

Payment: Cash, card

Moving Between Islands Exhibition

Jetty Barracks Gallery
11:30-19:00
Free entry

The Artist Group Onishi: Onigasima Project – Moving Between Islands

Artist Rita Leppiniemi will be at the gallery to present the exhibition and the international project of the artist group.

Website

The End: Art Exhibition

Taidekoulu MAA
16:00-22:00
Free entry

Art school MAA’s students’ exhibition invites you to witness the celebration of letting go. Exhibition consists of students’ works from different fields of modern art. Welcome!

Mika Nikkilä @ Bastion Bistro

Bastion Bistro
20:00
Free entry

Author Mika Nikkilä will be presenting his book about Finland’s Ghosthunters at Bastion Bistro Dagmar Hall. His book and grip on performances is unique in its genre worldwide. On site you can buy the book signed by the author for 20€. Come if you dare!

Through Tunnels by Lantern Light

Caponier Blomcreutz
1.-2.11.2019
Booking needed

Nov 1: 17:00- 23:00
Nov 2: 14:00- 23:00

Walk by lantern light through the dark Blomcreutz tunnels typically closed to the public. You will be provided with a lantern to guide you through local histories and Kekri inspired tales of the past and present. Each experience will be unique as the illumination of the lantern and the shadows it casts will influence the outcome of events and the progression of the story.

Price: 
10€ normal ticket
7€ discounted ticket (kids, students, pensioners)

Book here

JT-Lines Waterbus

Kekri Buck on JT-Line Water Bus
14:30-20:55

You can travel to Suomenlinna with JT-line’s M/s Amiraali water bus. The captain will be the Kekri Buck himself! He has been going around from house to house, checking if the harvest has been done and the linen been purred. Now he is on his way to bring Kekri to Suomenlinna. During the ater bus ride the Kekri Buck will entertain the kids as well as the adults onboard by making sure that the grains have been collected and the cattle brought back from the pasture. Stories, foods, spirits and habits from hundreds of years ago will come back to life on this journey with the Kekri Buck. Kekri Buck is brought to the water bus by Ehrensvärd Society, which enlivens the history of Suomenlinna with decades of experience!

Return ticket prices:
Adults: 10 €
Children (4-16 yrs.): 5 €

Rakkaudella Viaporista Guided Tour

Suomenlinna museum 
17:00
Booking needed

Payment: Cash, card

17:00
Rakkaudella Viaporista from Suomenlinna Museum

Note: Guided tours only in Finnish!

Guided tours: 11€ 

Book guided tours: 
– 
Rakkaudella Viaporista
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Kurja Viapori Guided Tour

HSL Ferry Quay
19:30
Booking needed

Payment: Cash, card

19:30
Rakkaudella Viaporista from Suomenlinna Museum

Note: Guided tours only in Finnish!

Guided tours: 13€ 

Not suitable for kids.

Book guided tour:
– Kurja Viapori
(Link opens in a new tab)

Families

Little Kekrinen

Hostel Suomenlinna
14:00-19:00
Free entry

Children’s Kekri celebration

14:00-17:00
Mask crafting

16:00-19:00
Disco, juice and sweets bar

17:00 & 18:00
Groke Door

Mask 4€
Groke Door 2 €

Payment: Cash, card

Kekri Goblin

Suomenlinna kindergarten
14:00-19:00
Free entry

A fun activity for kids at the Kindergarten’s backyard: feed the Kekri Goblin with some turnips to celebrate the good harvest! In order to get to the Kekri Goblin, take a walk through the alley of mummified lanterns!

Kekri Creative Corner

Pajasali
14:00-19:00

Kekri activities for the whole family.

Pop up café, Science lab and build your own fortress provided to you by Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL).

Activities 2€

Payment: Cash only

Helsinki Old Militia

Parade Field
15:00-17:00
Free entry

Come, see and experience old-fashioned musket exercises! Kids are welcome to try old-fashioned army activities themselves. You can also spot the militia walking around Suomenlinna – keep your eyes open!

Website

Glitch in Kekri games

Suomenlinna Library
14:00-18:00
Free entry

Come and meet Jade, Cosmo and Alvar – Characters from Anders Vacklin’s and Aki Parhamaa’s books Beta and Glitch – and join the mixed reality adventure game!

This event is targeted to teenagers.


Games start at:

14.00
15.30
17.00

Kekri Buck Burning Ceremony

Varvilahti
19:00
Free entry

Brought to you by Kohellus orchestra, Tuliryhmä Polte & Kekri Buck by Mia Piironen.

Kekri Buck Preparations

Varvilahti
14:00-19:00
Free entry

Visit and interact with the Kekri Buck before its soul is burnt with your sorrows.

Sorrow Collectors

Church Park & outside of Susisaaren Ruokala
14:00-18:30
Free entry

Write down your sorrows and give them to the sorrow
collectors, so they can be burnt together with the Kekri Buck.

Face Painting

Suomenlinna Scouts’ Kolo
14:00-17:00

Get a cool face painting at the Scouts’ Kolo!

Price: 2€

Custom Museum & Sniffer Dog Show

Customs Museum
14:00-19:00
Free entry

Thematic exhibition: Dogs at Finnish
Customs – 50 Years of Detector Dog
Activities.

14.1516.15
Sniffer Dog show
(will be cancelled in case of bad weather).

Website

Light Circus Spektri

Multiple locations
Check details below
Free entry

Circus Spektri shines bright in all colors of the rainbow! The performances impressively combine dance, music and LED-based tricks. Prepare for magical light phenomena and a joyful feeling that catches both children and adults.

17:00
Church park
17:45
Suomenlinna Summer Theatre
18:30
Garrison field
20:00 & 20:20
Main Quay

FLASH 2 Light Art Biennale

Riffle Gallery,
Levyhalli Hall,
Suomenlinna Summer Theatre
15:00-22:00
Free entry

Extended opening:
1.-10.11.2019

Eyes Wide Viapori

The anticipated and impressive light art biennale’s second edition will be open to public November 1st to 10th 2019 in Suomenlinna fortress island of Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition is organized by Finnish Light Art Society FLASH.

Website

Light art guided tours
19:30 in sign language
20:00 in Russian
20:30 in English and Swedish
21:00 in Finnish

Maximum 25 people, Signing up at Welder’s cafe 15 min before the tour starts.

Food & Drinks

Venison Soup and other Delicacies

Viaporin Deli and Cafe
11:00-21:00

Payment: Cash, card

Restaurant’s usual lunch offerings and a special offer of the day: traditional venison soup with a selection of breads for 10€. Come and enjoy!

Website

Kekri menu &

á la carte

Restaurant
Suomenlinnan Panimo
12:00-21:00

Payment: Cash, card

Special 3-course Kekri Menu 35€ per person. Also á la carte food options available.

Website

Granny Cafe & Gourmet Burgers

Cafe Silo
11:00-21:00

Payment: Cash, card

In the atmospheric Café Silo, kekri wakes up with grannies’ recipes and whole café becomes the “granny café” with sweet and salty delicacies and hot drinks. Gourmet burgers are grilled in front.

Website

Kekri Menu & Special Guest

Bastion Bistro
12:00-23:00

Payment: cash, card

Kekri menu available all day.

20:00
Author Mika Nikkilä will be presenting his book about Finland’s Ghosthunters at Bastion Bistro Dagmar Hall at 20. His book and grip on performances is unique in its genre worldwide. On site you can buy the book signed by the author for 20€. Come if you dare!

Website

Harvest Buffet & Live Music

Restaurant
Susisaaren Ruokala
12:00-22:00

Payment: Cash, card

12:00-20:00
Delicious Harvest Buffet 25€


Mastovaja is open 16:00-23:00

Evening program in Mastovaja:

20:00
Stand-up comedian Saana Peltola 

21:15
Målby with the theme “Midnight Cowboy”

Website

Café Vanille

Café Vanille
12:00-21:00

Payment: Cash, card

On Nov 2nd the islands of Suomenlinna will host a mystical Viaporin Kekri event again. In Café Vanille we will have spooky and fun cakes and pastries as well as warming sweetpotato & pumpkin soup. Also warm drinks and alcoholic beverages available.

Website

Kekrival Pop-up Restaurant

Linna bar
14:00-23:00

Extended opening:
30.10.-2.11.2019

Payment: Card only

Pop-up restaurant Kekrival is celebrating the end of the harvest with joy and happiness. Delicious food, dessert, hot and cold beverages by Haaga-Helia students.

Welder's Café

Levyhalli
16:00-22:00

Extended opening:
1-10.11.2019

Payment: Card only

Feel the spirit of welders at the rusty pop-up café, Welder’s Café. Hot soup, savory snacks, sweet
pastries, hot and cold beverages by Haaga-Helia students.

Beer Fest

Tenaille Von Fersen
14:00-23:00

Payment: Cash, card

Beer Fest with tasty beers and delicious food brought to you by: Suomenlinnan Panimo, Coolhead Brew, Maku Brewing, Fat Lizard, HIISI, Salama Brewing, Linna Bar Restaurant Pop-Up.

Opening times & Performances:

Friday: 16:00-22:00

19:00-22:00
DJ Nobi


Saturday: 14:00-23:00

16:00
Yhden tähden choir performs 

17:45
Jimbino vegan and swing barbarians 

20:00-23:00
DJ Tony Sirén playing

Additional info: 2€ glass deposit

Kekri Tasting: Brew & Bite

Tenaille Von Fersen
14:00 & 16:00
Booking needed

Epic beer tasting in historical atmosphere! Tasting session includes 6 different beers to taste with some tasty bits on the side! Let our expert guide you through the world of the beers of Beer Fest! Beers brought to you by Fat Lizard, Maku Brewing, Panimo HIISI, Suomenlinnan Panimo, Salama Brewing and Cool Head Brew! Food by Haaga-Helia students.

16:00
Live music by Kohellus Orhestra

K-18

Price: 20€
Payment:
 Cash, card

Book here

Warm drinks

Ballast Room entrance
18:00-20:00

Payment: Cash only

Grab a warm drink to keep you warm during the Burning Ceremony!

Cosy Kekri Café

Myllysali
14:00-21:00

Café Vanille pop-up with surprise 

Borsch Soup & Live Music

Officer’s Club
14:00-18:00
Free entry

Come and have a peek of the Officers’ Club! Doors open at 13:45

14:00
Concert by Flute Trio WaCava
15:00
Yhden tähden choir performs
16:00
Konsort Karhea performs

Borsch soup lunch 8€ (from 14.00)

Payment: Cash, card

Suomenlinna Centre café

Suomenlinna Centre
10:30-20:00

Warm drinks, savoury & sweet delicacies. Take away or eat in!

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