We warmly welcome you to Helsinki and Moving in November festival.
Below you can find information about your stay: accommodation, transportation, venues and other practical things. We hope you will enjoy our festival and Helsinki. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
Production and technical team:
Isabel González, production-coordination-admin
Riikka Thitz, communication, +358 404849044
Soili Huhtakallio, social media, +358442585216
Ilkka Riihikallio, technical direction, +358 503296182,
Mikko Orpana, technician, +358 456707080 (Caisa/PAST PERFECT)
Harri Toivanen, technician, +358 40 5908813 (Stoa/Cutlass Spring)
Mariangela Pluchino, video & photos, documentation, +358 449683411
Lisa Giebel, festival assistant, +49 17635741854
Ronja Antikainen, festival assistant, +358 445659497
Anna-Margrét Olafsdottir, festival assistant, +3548489242
Bek Berger, Critical Future facilitator & production assistance, WhatsApp 61403911527
Mikael Aaltonen, artistic director (this years festival), +358 503676705
Kerstin Schroth, artistic director (from 2020 onwards), +33613886073
When you arrive at Helsinki Airport, in the arrival terminals you will find the stand of Yellow Line AirportTaxi. We have pre-booked you a ride, so you just need to tell them your name. Your ride is paid, and they know your destination.
You will most probably share the taxi with some other passengers. We hope you do not mind, it’s more environmental friendly than a private taxi. The taxi ride to the hotel takes approximately 30-40 min.
When you are leaving Helsinki, the airport taxi will pick you up from the hotel. Please check your schedule for exact pick-up time.
All our festival quests are accommodated in Holiday Inn Helsinki – West Ruoholahti, address Sulhasenkuja 3. When you arrive at the hotel, our festival staff will meet you there and give you your per diems and travel cards for Helsinki public transportation.
However, if you arrive very late (or we agreed something else) then we will leave the welcome package at the reception. Check your individual schedule for more info. Hotel check in 3PM and check out 12PM. The accommodation includes buffet breakfast, free WIFI, use of sauna and gym. The hotel has a sauna that is open every night from 16 to 23.
Helsinki public transport system has been named the second best among European cities, with a highly effective public transport system of metro, tram, bus and train lines, enabling the whole metropolitan area to be within reach. It’s an easy and sustainable choice for the festival to use the public transportation as much as possible.
Up on your arrival the festival will provide you with a Helsinki City Transport’s Travel Card you can use it freely during you entire stay in Helsinki. The Travel Cards are electronic contact cards and they are valid on all vehicles – buses, trams, metro, commuter trains and Suomenlinna ferries. The card has to be activated in the card reader in the beginning of your first journey. The ticket is valid (for your entire stay) after it has been activated.
How to use the Travel Card
Place the card to the reading area in the middle of the card reader (at a distance of 1 to 10 cm). The whole card must be in the reading area. Do not remove the card from the reader until the green light appears and the reader beeps. The first time you show the card to the card reader it will be activated and ready to use.
Helsinki Region Transport has an online Journey Planner for finding the best routes and transport methods. However the festival staff will escort you from the hotel to the venue the first time.
Your hotel and all the venues are easy to reach with the metro. Riding the metro in Helsinki is so easy that even children can do it. In this capital city, you only need to know if the orange train is going east or west. From your hotel it’s only a 500 m walk to the nearest metro station, Ruoholahti.
Kiasma is a contemporary art museum located in the heart of Helsinki. The museum exhibits the contemporary art collection of the Finnish National Gallery. Kiasma in a lively cultural centre and meeting place, and it has a popular restaurant-cafe. The main aim of the pioneering museum is to provide all an easy and unforgettable access to the vibrant world of contemporary art.
Kiasma Theatre is a venue of contemporary performance, theatre and dance. Kiasma Theatre is a long time partner of the festival and it has been one of the festival venues since it opened in 1998.
Easiest way to Kiasma is by metro. Take a metro to the direction of Mellunmäki or Vuosaari. Step off at the Central Railway Station (2 stops). Kiasma is 300 m walk from the station. (approx. 15 min from the hotel)
Caisa is established in 1996 and promotes the development of Helsinki into a diverse city by means of the arts and culture. Caisa hosts performances, events and exhibitions, and also provides teaching in the arts. Caisa is owned and run by The Helsinki City Cultural Office. Caisa is a new partner of the festival, this year is the first time we collaborate.
Easiest way to Caisa is by metro: Take a metro to the direction of Mellunmäki or Vuosaari. Step off at Sörnäinen. Caisa is 650m from the metro station, walk Hämeentie towards the city center. The entrance to Caisa is from Kaikukatu through the patio of Leipätehdas. (approx.30 min from the hotel).
Stoa is a lively and varied culture center for East Helsinki. The center is located in the Itäkeskus area, near the metro station and next door to a large shopping center. Stoa’s programme includes Finnish and international contemporary dance and circus, theatre, music, children’s performances and exhibitions. Stoa is owned and run by The Helsinki City Cultural Office. Stoa is a long time partner of the festival and it has been one of the festival venues since the first year the festival was arranged 1986.
Easiest way to Stoa is by metro: Take a metro to the direction of Mellunmäki or Vuosaari. Step off at Itäkeskus. From the metro station in Itäkeskus, cross Tallinnanaukio Square, then turn left on to the pedestrian bridge across Turunlinnantie. On the other side of the pedestrian bridge you will see Stoa which is a red brick house (Ca 30 min from the hotel).
The Cable Factory is the largest cultural centre in Finland. It houses 3 museums, 10 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, artists, bands and companies. Unique spaces are also available for rent on a short-term basis to stage concerts, exhibitions, festivals and fairs.
Zodiak is a progressive dance organisation and the main venue of freelance contemporary dance in Finland. It is a discursive platform for production, performance, community work and education and the regional centre for dance in Helsinki. Zodiak provides a joint and collegial platform for Finnish independent dance groups and artists. Zodiak co-produces and hosts around 15-20 new productions a year. Zodiak is a long time partner of the festival, yearly Zodiak and Moving in November co-produce a production of one local artist.
Easiest way to the Cable Factory is by foot. (Ca. 5 min from the hotel)
Theatre Academy / University of the Arts Helsinki
Address: Haapaniemenkatu 6
Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy is a reformer of the performing arts. It provides the highest education in the performing arts in Finland, training actors, directors, dramaturges, lighting and sound designers, professionals in dance (choreographers and dancers), performance artists, dance and theatre educators and artist-researchers.
Theatre Academy is one of the festivals collaboration partners and member of the association behind Moving in November (Dance Arena).
Easiest way to the Theatre Academy is by metro: Take a metro to the direction of Mellunmäki or Vuosaari. Step off at Hakaniemi. From the metro station it is a 500m walk to the Theatre Academy. (Ca. 20 min from the hotel)
Address: Eläintarhantie 14
Villa Eläintarha is an artist residency in a wooden villa in the centre of Helsinki, next to Töölönlahti bay. The Villa Eläintarha is coordinated by HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. Moving in November pop-up office is located here and some of our guests are staying here as well. Radio Salon is a concept developed by Esitysradio and Moving in November festival and is arranged for the 2nd time this year. It is a intimate discussion with a small live-audience. Afterwards the dialogues will be published as podcasts. The hosts are local performance and dance artists Mira Kautto and Anna Cadia.
Easiest way to the Villa is by metro: Take a metro to the direction of Mellunmäki or Vuosaari. Step off at Hakaniemi. From the metro station it is a 800m walk to the Villa. (Ca. 30 min from the hotel)
Cargo Coffee + Vegetarian food
(festival party on Sat 9.11.)
Address: Ruoholahdenranta 8
Cargo Coffee + Vegetarian food is an intimate vegetarian restaurant and bar located near the hotel. This will be the place where we celebrate the end if the festival, with vegetarian food and drinks.
Lunch and dinner places
Cafe Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2
Café Kiasma is located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art. For reasons of ecology and freshness the ingredients are brought in form as near as possible, yet the recipes can originate from somewhere further away. Beside the Kiasma gâteau, the menu includes low-calorie lunches and à la carte meals. Open: Tue 10-17, Wed-Fri 10-20:30, Sat-Sun 10-18.
Cafe Stoa Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus
Café Stoa is located inside the cultural centre Stoa. It serves Moroccoan inspired lunch on weekdays between 10:30 and 15:30. Brunsh on weekends sat and sun.
Onda, Hämeentie 13 b, Kallio (near Caisa)
Restaurant ONDA is a chill-out, living-room style eatery that offers buffet and á la carte food. With influences from around the world. Lunch mon-fri 11-15:00, dinner tue-thu 16-21, fri 16-22, sat 16-22.
Ravintola Loiste, Kaivokatu 3
Located right in the centre of the city, Restaurant Loiste is alive with the genuine atmosphere of the 1950s and offers, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, incomparable views of Helsinki.The top floor of Hotel Vaakuna, the roof of the city, is the place to come for a relaxed evening of dining. Scandinavian dining. Open: Mon 11:30-22:00, Tue-Fri 11:30-24:00, Sat 13:00-24:00.
Sandro Kallio, Kolmas linja 17 (Kallio) & Kamppi shopping center 5th floor, Urho kekkosen katu 1
Food is built upon Middle Eastern and North African cuisine and our beating heart the multi-cultural Sandro Family. The warm embrace, the extra Something that makes you feel good inside, the feeling of being home. Open: Kallio tue-thu 11-22, fri-sat 11-23, sun 11-15 & Kamppi mon-sat 11-21 and sun 12-17
Silvoplee, Toinen linja 7
Vegeterian restaurant. At Silvoplee, we prepare the food from as clean, local and organic ingredients as possible. We prefer materials that are grown purely, respecting both man and nature. Open: Vegetarian restaurant mon-fri 11-19, sat 11-18. Smoothie bar mon-fri 8-20, sat 10-18.
Yeti Nepal, Itämerenkatu 12
Simple Nepalian & Asian cuisine, very near the hotel. Open: mon-fri 10:30-22, sat 12-22, sun 12-21.
Bar Malaga, Malagankatu 3
Nice bar-restaurant with nice food located near the hotel. Lunch mon-fri 1030-14 and dinner tue-fri 14-21, sat 12-21.
Good Life Coffee, Kolmas Linja 17
A local roastery and cozy coffee bar with communal flair. The coffee is excellent. Avoid bad coffee, avoid bad life is their motto.
La Torrefazzione, Mannerheimintie 22 (City Center) and Siltasaarenkatu 12 (Kallio)
Torre has two essential partners, the coffee drinks and the coffee producers. The longer the partnerships last, the more likely it is that we together can have an impact on the quality of coffee. Open Mon-Fri 8-18 and Sat 9-16.
Helsinki Coffee Roastery, Työpajankatu 2
A small roastery located in Teurastamo, the heart of Helsinki’s meat packing district. It is here that we roast the best and freshest coffee of the season. The heart and soul behind the roastery, Benjamin Andberg, is a pioneer in the field of specialty coffees in Finland. Open Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-16.00.
Swimming pools and saunas
Allas Sea Pool, Katajanokanlaituri 2
Allas Sea Pool, located a stone’s throw away from the Helsinki marketplace, proudly stands in one of the best locations in the city. This sea pool boasts several saunas, swimming pools and restaurant. It is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the middle of the city, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Open mon-thu 6:30-22, fri 6:30-24, sat 8-24, sun 8-22. Tickets 9€. Swimming suits and towels can be rented.
Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall, Yrjönkatu 21 B
The traditional Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall was founded in 1928. The building itself is a fine example of the 1920’s neoclassical architecture in Helsinki. You may swim with or without a bathing suit. Women and men bathe in turns on different days. Opening hours: WOMEN: Mon 12-21, Wed 6.30-21, Fri 6.30-21, Sun 12-21 MEN: Tue 6.30-21, Thu 6.30-21, Sat 8-21, Sun 8-9 Tickets: You can choose to use only a locker (5€), or have a sitting cabin (5,40€), or a luxurious 2nd floor cabin (only from 14-21, 12€) that includes a resting cabin, a towel, a lounger and the use of three different types of saunas.
Emergency telephone numbers
General emergencies 112
Ambulance and fire department 112
Yliopiston Apteekki, Mannerheimintie 96
24-hour service, tel. +358 (0)300 20200 (nationwide customer service number)
Ruoholahti Pharmacy, Shopping Centre Ruoholahti, Itämerenkatu 21 (short walk from the hotel). Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-20, Sat 10-18.
Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4
Tel. +358 (0)9 310 63231/emergency duty or +358 (0)9 310 5018/exchange
Private medical centre: Terveystalo, Jaakonkatu 3 (Graniittitalo) www.terveystalo.com Tel: + 358 (0)30 6000
Osteopaths and physiotherapists
Hieros: Albertinkatu 13, +358 575 1165
Osteopatiakeskus Valo: Hietalahdenranta 19, +358 10 505 5570 & Laura Kamppila +358 407431030 / +358 407089607
Auron: Tallinnanaukio 1 b, +358 102921200