The house of many art forms

Our operation and values

Annantalo is an arts centre for children, young people and families in Helsinki. Annantalo is a venue for art education, exhibitions and performances, events and workshops. Annantalo is also a venue for seminars and training courses that promote children's culture.

Art education

Art education at Annantalo includes learning the expressive language and techniques of art and being closely connected with the surrounding culture. Teachers at Annantalo are professional artists and/or art pedagogues. Each year, about 10,000 children and young people who live in Helsinki take part in education at Annantalo.

In the daytime, during school terms, the building is filled with school children who attend 5x2 art education. Cultural courses targeted at secondary schools and upper secondary schools mainly take place at schools and art adventures offered to day care groups at the premises of day care centres. In addition to art education, performances, exhibition tours and workshops are also offered to school classes and day care groups. Annantalo maintains the network service targeted at teachers and day care professionals. Courses are organised in the evenings, on weekends and during vacations for children and young people who are involved with art.

Exhibitions and events

Exhibitions held at Annantalo have an objective that is related to art education and they are always somehow related to the world of children and/or young people. The artwork of our own art groups is also presented from time to time in the facilities. Book illustration exhibitions are held in the café.

In addition to individual events, Annantalo’s programme contains standard activities targeted at children and young people of various age as well as families and programme that is related to the events of the City of Helsinki. The spring festival at Annantalo includes performances of their own dance and theatre groups. In the summer time, the A●lava stage in the back yard opens up with versatile programme for young people as well as  families and other residents of Helsinki.

Our values

The operations in Annantalo are organised both internally and in cooperation with various parties. The principle is to create a favourable atmosphere and conditions for children and young people to experience art and culture, and to be able to actively participate and see art and culture in Helsinki. The aim is that children and young people become competent operators within the city’s artistic and cultural life.

The values of Annantalo include accessibility, equality, child-orientation, openness and the presence of art. For administrative purposes, Annantalo is a part of the City of Helsinki Cultural Services.

our projects

We want to make the world a better place – with the help of art! We initiate and participate in art education projects for children and young people.

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our networks

Annantalo is a member in the Finnish Network of Children's Cultural Centres. We are also member of the International Artistic Association Small Size.

Art action for young people

Young Cultural Guerrillas of Annantalo are changing the art world of young people! The Guerrillas have already been involved in all sorts of activities with artists based in Helsinki.

every home is for art making!

Easy instructions on shared art activities for children and adults in alla kinds of homes. The book is in Finnish.

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a little bit of history

Where did Annantalo get its name from? What kind of people lived in the neighbourhood in the olden days? Did you know that Annantalo was a highly modern building in 1880’s?

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City of Helsinki Promotes Art, Culture and Creativity

The City of Helsinki promotes art, culture and creativity and making the Helsinki Region a culturally rich area. Services include cultural events, shows, exhibitions, courses and art classes. The City of Helsinki Cultural Office wants to ensure that culture and art in Helsinki are diverse and accessible to everyone.

In the centre of the city cultural programmes provide Annantalo Arts Centre, the Savoy Theatre and the international cultural centre Caisa, Kanneltalo in West Helsinki, Malmitalo in North Helsinki, and Stoa and Vuotalo in East Helsinki. The Espa Stage in the Esplanadi Park hosts cultural events in the summer. The cultural centres work in close cooperation with Helsinki’s art and culture scene.

In addition to these the Helsinki City Culture and Leisure Sector's Culture Division includes the city's public library services, the services of the Helsinki Art Museum HAM, the City Museum, the City Orchestra and general cultural services. The Culture Division is also responsible for the City of Helsinki's cultural policy.