The city of Helsinki will soon open a new pedestrian + cycling path along the waterfront of the Kalasatama harbour. The route opens officially on Saturday 12 June, celebrating also the official Helsinki day. The path itself will be worth visiting, due to its exceptional atmosphere and views to the city centre. But on 12 June, the whole harbour comes alive with all kinds of events. First of all, there will be a lot of dancing: old times’ asphalt dances to the rhythms of the Isku-Pojat orchestra, and the group Mana’O Laka performing Pacific Islands’ dances by the sea. For bicycle lovers, the day offers a bicycle polo cup. In addition, a lot of other activities by groups such as Dodo, Public School Helsinki, children’s architecture school Arkki and Helsinki International Theatre, will be happening along the 3 km long harbour path. Exclusively on Helsinki day, there will be a free boat connection to Kalasatama from Meritullintori. Also the events are free of charge.
The harbour path is part of the temporary use and environmental art project in Kalasatama, started in 2009. Different activities will be planned and realised throughout the old harbour area, in places that are still waiting for future construction. As the construction of the area progresses, also the harbour path will change its route according to the locations of future construction sites.