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Helsinki to host World Cities Culture Summit 2022
We are thrilled to announce that the hosts for this year's World Cities Culture Summit will be the City of Helsinki
27.01.2022

After two years of online and hybrid meetings, we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone again in person for what will be our tenth anniversary. The last two years have been incredibly challenging, but as we emerge from the pandemic there is a real feeling that culture will be at the heart of the recovery. More than that, it will be central to how we reimagine our cities and help to build sustainable and creative environments in which all citizens can flourish.

The city of Helsinki will be the ideal setting for these conversations. Renowned for its magnificent sea-facing landscape, cuisine, design, nightlife and much more, it is a city that in recent years has become well known for its young creative energy and spirit of innovation and enterprise. It is the perfect place for city leaders from around the world to come together to learn, share, listen and collaborate.

As Praavo Arhinmäki, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Leisure, City of Helsinki says: “We look forward to building on the creative leadership for a sustainable future that was the focus of the summit in 2021. The culture sector has been hit hard by the pandemic and we welcome dialogue on how to support the cultural recovery of our cities. During the summit we want to create opportunities for local artists to perform and connect with international networks. As Deputy Mayor I also want to make sure everyone in Helsinki has the same opportunity to enjoy culture and I am looking forward to sharing ideas on how our cultural institutions and actors can reach new audiences.”

Justine Simons OBE, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, and Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum says: “As we reunite in person for the 10th Anniversary edition of the World Cities Culture Summit, we will embrace a new spirit of optimism and urgency, as we reimagine our cities through culture and creativity. I am delighted that the wonderful city of Helsinki will be our host at this critical juncture.”

The proposed date for the summit is October 5-7. We will be in touch with Forum members throughout the year as plans take shape, and we look forward to working with you all to develop the summit’s programme and content.

Image credit: Aerial view of Senate Square and Tori Quarter © Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Partners