Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a large European tourist center that receives thousands of tourists from all over the world all year round. Travelers are attracted to Helsinki by numerous cultural events and Helsinki holidays that include international festivals, concerts, exhibitions of Baltic sea ships, national holidays and other. Many of these Helsinki events are supported and financed by European Unions and public funds.
The main Helsinki events of this year are the large-scale festival of electronic music; the annual music festival of Helsinki that combines music, dance, theater, cinema and exhibitions of Finnish and foreign artists (the greatest festival in Finland that attracts the largest number of spectators); Helsinki fashion week with an international fashion exhibition, and Helsinki design week with seminars and exhibitions of interiors.
There is a stereotype that there is no nightlife in Helsinki, and after the sunset everything goes quiet. This is not true; on the contrary, numerous Helsinki clubs invite people of 22 years of age and older to dance, listen to music and enjoy daring shows till morning. The matter of fact is that the nightlife is Helsinki is safe and relatively quiet, and usually there are no fights in clubs and disorders in the streets.
Helsinki clubs meet expectations of any person with any kind of preferences in regard to entertainment. There are African clubs, Western style clubs, students' and youth's clubs, gay clubs, Irish clubs, karaoke and musical bars, night clubs and salsa bars. The legendary Helsinki club Hesari has been opened for those who love entertaining at night since 1971, and is still the synonym of the night dancing life in Helsinki.
The new epoch of the world music, the epoch of jazz, was announced by Jelly Morton and other famous musicians and started with performances in the well-known district of New Orleans, Storyville. One of the best jazz clubs in Helsinki that continues the traditions of live jazz concerts is named after New Orleans' district, Storyville. Another Helsinki club, Uniq, fully justifies its name. The club takes pride in its stylish design, unforgettable parties, and the best deejays. There is the Arctic Icebar in the club, the walls, tables and the bar counter of which are made of ice-blocks. Another Helsinki night club, DTM, is also worth mentioning. This place is open seven days a week and offers city residents and visitors light dancing music and a variety of entertainment programs, from fashion performances to the shows of transvestites.
Helsinki is also a city of beautiful celebrations of national holidays. Joy and happiness, unique customs and traditions of celebrations turn Helsinki holidays into the unforgettable and fascinating cultural event. On the first of May people celebrate the Day of Students and Spring. Officially this Helsinki holiday starts on April 30, at 6 p.m., when people gather around the Havis Amanda, the fountain with a statue of a naked woman, and put a white student's cap on the statue's head. Then the celebration begins, and people drink beer, champagne and the honey drink "sima" and eat biscuits called tippaleipa. Every graduate of any university and lyceum put a white student's cap on and celebrates this holidays in the streets or in parks, playing and having fun, embracing fellow students and old school friends. There is a Helsinki holiday that on the contrary is traditionally celebrated in the friendly family atmosphere, and this holiday is Christmas. Finnish families decorate Christmas trees, put candles on the graves of ancestors, exchange presents and have dinners.