Helsinki Hall of Culture – legendary live music and Alvar Aalto architecture
The Helsinki Hall of Culture is a place to go if you want to see some amazing architecture by Alvar Aalto and also enjoy live music or other interesting events.
Authentic Alvar Aalto design
The Helsinki Hall of Culture is both a cultural-historical and a modern venue for culture, events and conferences.
The building was designed by the renowned architect Alvar Aalto and it was opened in 1958. Known as Kulttuuritalo, the building is an architectural masterpiece y Aalto and one of the main works of his so-called red brick period.
And the moment you step in, you can really see and feel the 1950’s atmosphere, for example, in the main lobby and its staircases. Actually, Aalto designed the building pro bono – without payment that is – and he was given complete artistic freedom. Also, the construction work was done mostly by volunteer builders and it took three years (1955-1958) to build.
Legendary live music venue
The Helsinki Hall of Culture’s big hall is aptly named as the Aalto Hall. It seats more than 1,400 people and is known for great acoustics and famous live gigs. Kulttuuritalo houses a variety of events year-round, including pop and rock concerts, classical concerts, stand-up comedy shows, theatre performances, even kickboxing!
As the venue has been in active use since the 1950’s, some of the world’s most famous artists and bands have performed on this stage, such as Jimi Hendrix in 1967, Led Zeppelin in 1970, Queen in 1974, Tina Turner in 1982, Iron Maiden in 1995 and Lady Gaga in 2009.
Drinks, snacks and lunch
During events, you can enjoy refreshments such as drinks and snacks in the main lobby, catered by Restaurant Sture4. If you happen to be around in the daytime, pop in for a coffee or a tasty lunch. The restaurant is open Mon-Fri from 9-15, lunch buffet daily from 11-14.
How to get there
The Helsinki Hall of Culture is located next to Linnanmäki Amusement Park. It is easily reached by bus or tram or combine a fun day at the amusement park and an evening at the Hall of Culture! Take the tram 3 from the city centre or bus 23 from Railway Square or Pasila station.
Helsinki Hall of Culture / Helsingin Kulttuuritalo