From Friday, 30 June, to Sunday, 2 July, Helsinki will celebrate love, music and diversity with its Super Weekend festivities that bring together the Helsinki Pride, the Tuska Festival and the U Nation electronic music event.
Helsinki is a vibrant city with contrasts – in a same day you can experience the silence of nature, eat in a Michelin star restaurant and party with the midnight sun. The last weekend of June is a real “super” weekend in Helsinki with an exciting lineup of events that showcase the diversity and variety in music and culture that the Finnish capital has to offer. From the colourful Helsinki Pride to the rocking Tuska Open Air Metal Festival and the electrifying U Nation electronic music event, the end of month promises an extraordinary experience for everyone.
The super weekend is not only a celebration of vibrant events but also a testament to Helsinki’s strong commitment to sustainability across ecological, social and economic dimensions. These events go beyond environmental considerations and actively embrace for example, social sustainability. By attending any of these events, visitors can be part of a movement towards a greener and more inclusive future, where entertainment and celebration go hand in hand with responsible practices, all three events being part of Helsinki’s Think Sustainably service.
1. Helsinki Pride, 26 June – 2 July 2023
The largest cultural and human rights event in Finland, Helsinki Pride Week kickstarts the weekend with a celebration of love and diversity. This annual extravaganza brings together people from all walks of life, transcending boundaries and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.
Helsinki comes alive with vibrant rainbow flags, captivating parades, energetic parties and enlightening discussions. Helsinki Pride Week creates an inclusive atmosphere where individuals can express their true selves, fostering unity, acceptance and pride within the community.
2. Tuska Festival, 30 June – 2 July
The Tuska Festival calls on all enthusiasts and headbangers to prepare to have their senses ignited. Renowned as one of Europe’s top-tier metal festivals, Tuska gathers an impressive array of local and international bands representing diverse metal genres.
Guests are guaranteed a mind-blowing experience as thunderous riffs, commanding vocals and electrifying performances captivate their soul. But the festival offers more than just powerful riffs and headbanging – it embodies a wonderful community spirit where metal lovers come together for an unforgettable weekend filled with not only music but the whole culture ranging from expo to dining and talks.
3. U Nation, 30 June – 1 July
The U Nation event is at its first edition this year, but promises to ignite attendees’ passion for electronic music. Hosted in the vibrant Kansalaistori Square at the heart of Helsinki’s cultural hub, U Nation embodies strong values of diversity, inclusion, environmental sustainability, unity and responsibility.
With the remarkable backdrop of Oodi library, Parliament House, Helsinki Music Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, U Nation brings together a diverse community of music enthusiasts who share a common love for electronic beats. Guests will be sure to experience pulsating rhythms, euphoric melodies and a sense of community that embraces diversity and fosters inclusivity.