Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

October 28, 2011

Night of the Arts / Noche de las Artes / Nuit des Arts

Helsinki photos / fotos

In English:

It was the first time when I visited Annual Helsinki Festival in 2009. Festival lasts two weeks and its highlight is Night of the Arts. This year a French group was presenting flying inflatable creatures. They were “Plasticiens Volants” flying huge plastic sea monsters over the sky of Helsinki. More than 40 000 people looked at this spectacular show and the total number of visitors in the Night of the Arts was 100 000. That’s much.

The area where “Plasticiens Volants” where presented was small. It was crowded by so many people that many times my feet were not touch ground! After that experience I say that I’ll never visit any festivals if there are so many people on so small area. When looking at my last photo, when we were already leaving the show, there are not so much people because we could already to walk and earlier we could not walk, just to move with the mass of people which steered our way!

Okay, it is enough with the babble. It is time to take a look at my photos.

En Español:

El área donde donde se presentó “Plasticiens Volants” era pequeño. Estaba llena de así mucha la gente que muchas veces mis pies no se toqué el suelo! Después de esa experiencia digo que nunca me voy a visitar algún festival si hay tanta gente en el área tan pequeña. Al mirar mi última foto, cuando ya estábamos dejando el Festival, no hay tanta gente porque ya pudimos caminar y antes era impossible de caminar, sólo para moverse con la masa de gente que dirigió nuestro camino!

Bueno, ya basta con la cháchara. Esla hora de echar un vistazo a mis fotos.

En français:

Plasticiens Volants sur le ciel d’Helsinki.

C’était la première fois quand j’ai visité le Festival de Helsinki annuel. Le festival dure deux semaines et le essentiel est la Nuit des Arts. Un groupe français présentait cette année “Plasticiens Volants”, sur le ciel d’Helsinki. 40 000 gens ont regardé ce spectacle spectaculaire et le nombre total de visiteurs dans la Nuit des Arts étaient 100 000.

La zone où “Plasticiens Volants” où ont été présentés était petit. Il a été fréquentée par tant de gens que de nombreuses fois mes pieds n’ont pas touchés le sol! Après cette expérience, je dis que je jamais visiterai pas les spectacles s’il ya tant de gens sur la zone si petite. Lorsque on regarde ma dernière photo, quand nous étions sur le point de quitter le spectacle, il n’y a pas beaucoup des gens parce que nous pouvions déjà à marcher et plus tôt, nous ne pouvions pas á marcher, il suffit de se déplacer avec la masse des gens qui dirigé notre chemin!

Assez de blablabla, jetez un oeil à mes photos, s’il vous plaît.

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32 Comments »

  1. The artists had to keep their animals low because of all those cables in the air. Mustn’t have been very easy.

    Comment by hpy — October 28, 2011 @ 10:49 | Reply

  2. Hello Hpy.

    I guess that You are right, it was not easy. Thank You making a comment.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by sartenada — October 28, 2011 @ 11:43 | Reply

  3. The balloons were very fantastic and beautiful,and you did a great job of capturing them especially considering how crowded it was. I like the photos of the whale looking as if it was trying to swallow the statue. I also like the picture of the older building bathed in golden light.

    Comment by George — October 28, 2011 @ 17:19 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      It was so nice to read Your comment George. Thank You.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 29, 2011 @ 12:13 | Reply

  4. Oh what fantastic creatures! But I would have freaked out in such a crowd! You did great getting such wonderful photos as you were being moved by the crowd.

    Comment by harpingjanet — October 28, 2011 @ 18:58 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      I am very glad that You liked my post. That was an experience to be remembered indeed.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 29, 2011 @ 12:16 | Reply

  5. Guten Morgen Matti,
    The size of the floating art is amazing. Sea Monster is the appropriate designation for these giant works of art. I would be interested if they are filled with gas as the flying balloons at county fairs. It seems so, because they depend on many cables so as not to fly away. The close-ups in the photos 5/22/23/24/25/41/42 I liked particularly well. The illuminated house in photo 13 acts as a fantastic close-up. The vibrant colors are very warm, nice expression. In photo 36, I could admire the beautiful cathedral again. The photo is my favorite. Therefore, I watched the show in Helsinki in winter in addition to it again. The cathedral looks gorgeous in the winter. A glance at the illuminated City (Photo 43) and to the many people, makes me imagine how stressful it was for them to take pictures. The photo is also very nice. I think the festival was very impressive and very
    beautiful. Above all, it is gratifying that you show us these photos and we were allowed to participate. I thank you for this series that I could experience again and look forward to the next. Thank you for your visits and kind comments in my blog at my photos. I wish you and Anya, still, good luck and health to your everyday, common paths. God bless you both. Happy weekend with lots of sunshine. My e-mail follows on the weekend.
    Herzliche Grüße von Christel

    Comment by Christel — October 29, 2011 @ 01:48 | Reply

    • Guten tag Christel.

      Thank You commenting Christel. You did find many of Your favorite photos, I see. Later after few weeks You’ll see my post of Helsinki Cathedral (inside / outside). I have many photos from it outside especially in different lights. So just wait.

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by sartenada — October 29, 2011 @ 12:21 | Reply

  6. I love the flying seafood, but I would be spooked by the huge crowd! Your photos are great! That was a popular event!

    Comment by montucky — October 29, 2011 @ 04:31 | Reply

    • Hi Montucky.

      Thank You for Your nice comment; I am very glad.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 29, 2011 @ 12:22 | Reply

  7. Wow! Superbe collection d’images, Sartenada! Joyeux festival. Les ballons sont tous très créatifs, j’aime particulière la baleine. Bon week-end!

    Comment by annejutras — October 29, 2011 @ 05:05 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      I love that whale also. I am happy that I could take photos from it, because it was just there where the congestion was at its worst!

      Bon week-end á toi aussi.

      Comment by sartenada — October 29, 2011 @ 12:25 | Reply

  8. Gosh, that sounds like quite a crowd! Amazing balloons. Photo 40 is my favorite–the sky almost makes it look like the whale is in an aquarium.

    Comment by kateri — October 30, 2011 @ 13:17 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      I am very glad that You liked my Helsinki post. Thank You very much for Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 30, 2011 @ 15:28 | Reply

  9. Wow. Those are pretty cool. Great contrast in the evening pictures.

    Comment by travelwithlaughter — October 30, 2011 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hello Travelwithlaughter.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment. It was very nice to read it.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 30, 2011 @ 15:30 | Reply

  10. Wow, Helsinki is so full of colours and live!
    I would like to see this festival next year.
    Is it more expensive to visit Finland in the summer?
    I am a winter person, so I would also like to go to Finland to spend a good white Christmas.🙂
    It’s usually cheaper to travel in the winter.🙂

    Comment by London Caller — October 30, 2011 @ 20:25 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Thank You asking and commenting. Well, well, I guess that You know that winter means cold and snow. Cold is not problem, because one has invented clothes. To dress in layers is a solution we use here. To spend a good white Christmas is possible in Rovaniemi. It is situated at Arctic Circle. Easy to reach by plane or by train. I prefer night train. Nowadays in train are comfortable cabin equipped even with showers.

      Father Christmas is living in Rovaniemi. Well so say advertising men. Actually he is living in Korvatunturi which is on the Russian border. Father Christmas has only his “factory” in Rovaniemi. In Rovaniemi You could ride a Skidoo or to have a reindeer ride. There is another possibility to enjoy a real exotic winter and to have at same time an experience which cannot be forgotten. That is to go to the town of Kemi. In this town there is from the beginning of February to visit in the World’s biggest Snow Castle. It is awesome.

      Here is link to the town of Kemi. It consists of four posts. Snow castle from 2011 and 2009. Presenting the pink church in Kemi and night walk in the town. In Rovaniemi at winter time You could have a good possibility to look Northern Lights too.

      Also one can made an excursion on ice breaker! Everyone can swim among ices in a special dress. Think what photos You could get. I have not yet tested, but maybe someday. Of course there are possibilities for downhill skiing in many places even in the Southern part of Finland. Here is one example of skiing resort called Ruka hills in spring. Personally I love Nordic ski on a lake. There are ski tracks on some lakes. I have not winter photos from this place Bomba. Just beside it there is huge lake called Pielinen. Few years ago we spent a week’s holiday by this lake Our summer vacation on lake Pielinen.

      What comes to summer, and then Finland is full of events. Every summer there is published a booklet from all events and there are hundreds. You do not have to go to Brazil if You want to see Samba festivals. In Helsinki we have every summer Samba festival.

      In Finland we have excellent possibilities to hike. Even if You are experienced in hiking there are paths for walking in the nature on guided paths. One of my favorite is Koli national park. I love it really. Of course nearby Helsinki there are some smaller hiking to visit. One is Lake Kaitalampi.

      If You decide to visit in summer, then the best time is on the both side of midsummer. Beyond the Arctic Circle You could see “white nights”. Oh, yes, sun never goes down. The most southern place to see midsummer sun during night is Aavasaksa hills.

      What comes to prices, there is same rules than everywhere, peak times are expensive. I think that I could write a “book” from all the possibilities here, but maybe this is a good start to You to think things. I am not advertising my blog, but it is sure that it helps to get ideas. If You come, then do not forget Finnish Sauna and Cruises on lakes or why not to spend a day watching Medieval knight tournament. From both of these I have good posts. You have any question, so ask and I try to get an answer.

      Happy Monday!

      P.S. I start my series “Beyond the Arctic Circle” after New Year telling from our vacation there this year. The series is planned to last about three months. It might give to You more ideas for Your visit.

      Comment by sartenada — October 31, 2011 @ 09:16 | Reply

  11. Preciosa la noche de las Artes con esos globos de animales. Una noche especial.
    Saludos

    Comment by trapatroles — October 30, 2011 @ 21:32 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles.

      ¡Qué alegría al recibir tu comentario tan agradable! Estoy muy contento al leerla. Muchas gracias por tu visita.

      ¡Qué tengas un día maravilloso!

      Comment by sartenada — October 31, 2011 @ 08:44 | Reply

  12. What a fantastic and colorful event !!! The fishes are so beautiful… Great series Matti ! Have a lovely day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — October 31, 2011 @ 21:29 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      How nice to read that You liked this happening in Helsinki.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 1, 2011 @ 08:37 | Reply

  13. That was a very spectacular event. And huge crowd looking at it! Who makes these flying inflatable creatures? I have not seen a festival like this around here. Thanks for showing us this!

    Comment by truels — November 2, 2011 @ 12:48 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      That was spectacular indeed. I do not know who makes them, but the group which presenting them is old. The group was created already in 1976.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 2, 2011 @ 14:29 | Reply

  14. Quelle vision extraordinaire et surréaliste dans le ciel d’Helsinki ! Merveilleuses créatures se faufilant à travers maisons et cables électriques. La pieuvre est sympathique; pour une fois, je n’en ai pas peur😉 Tout ce monde dans les rues, quelle belle fête et magnifiques photos. Merci beaucoup Matti. A quelle heure tombe la nuit chez toi maintenant ?

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — November 3, 2011 @ 15:38 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Merci d’avoir fait un commentaire. Ta question est intéressante!

      En Hyvinkää, dans le sud (près de ma maison) le lever du soleil 07:50, coucher de soleil à 16:17. Durée du crépuscule 00:47.

      En Nuorgam, qui es 486,04 km au Nord de Cercle Polaire (village le plus septentrional) le lever du soleil 08:44, coucher de soleil 14h44. Durée du crépuscule 01:17.

      Je te souhaite une merveilleuse journée!

      Comment by sartenada — November 3, 2011 @ 16:17 | Reply

  15. Hello Matti,
    Je ne connaissais pas cette troupe, et c’est vrai qu’on plonge (ou plutôt, on vole !) dans l’univers de Jules Verne !🙂
    Bises et bon week-end.

    Comment by Marion B. — November 4, 2011 @ 12:51 | Reply

    • Salut Marion.

      Je te remercie pour ton comentaire. Il est probablement impossible de tout savoir et connaître et la France est un grand pays!🙂

      Bises!

      Comment by sartenada — November 4, 2011 @ 13:47 | Reply

  16. I couldn’t help but laugh at your comment about being steered out with the crowd.

    This exhibition reminds me of Macy’s parade in New York City.

    Have the folks at the festival considered a parade so that folks stand along the sidewalks as the inflated plastic creatures pass by?

    Regardless, it sounds like it was lots of fun.

    Were there lots of goodies sold as well? I always associate festivals with delicious junkfood and/or other edibles. Yum!

    The last photo was beautiful, by the way, as it shows not only the masses but the place where all the hoopla took place.

    Kudos, Matti!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — November 26, 2011 @ 19:38 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. I am not so sure from goodies, because we visited only this main happen and after that we wanted to go to our home and to enjoy the peace and silence we have on countryside. The street in last photo is one of the most important streets in Helsinki and it is just in the center. On both side of streets there wonderful shops and let’s that all what a human being can desire.

      Happy Sunday.

      Comment by sartenada — November 27, 2011 @ 09:45 | Reply

  17. Wow! This is stunning! I can imagine it must have been difficult to photograph.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — January 14, 2015 @ 22:08 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      Yes indeed. Too many people at same time at the same Place! I am glad that You noticed this post and commented it. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2015 @ 08:44 | Reply


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