An inaugural retrospective of Finland’s historic club roots dubbed, “Helsinki Clubbing” has opened at the award winning Helsinki City Museum. Spanning over 200 sqm of dedicated space, the Finnish capital will welcome the exhibition for six months whilst documenting the halcyon early 80’s rave scene through to the more sophisticated 90’s and into the fully formed 00’s.

Set to attract over 100,000 guests during its residency, the exhibition celebrates Helsinki as one of Europe’s top club culture hotspots for local and international talent. Steeped in a rich electronic history, music and video has been curated across 11 large screens/listening posts whilst artwork, flyers and memorabilia have been lovingly donated by over 250 fans to chart the rise of local hero’s, party legends, dancers, promoters and international artists who shaped what the scene has culminated into today. With Helsinki being placed firmly on the electronic map by the likes of Lil Tony, Flow Festival, Jimi Tenor, Sähkö Recordings, Jori Hulkkonen and Orkidea amongst many many others, a rich foundation of legendary venues like Kerma, Lepakko, Kaiku etc. as well as the significant underground/illegal raves have provided the platform for a unique techno and house scene with a truly Finnish feel.

Check out “Helsinki Clubbing“, 30 years of smoke & strobe until September 23rd.

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words by Rick Heffernan

Photo credit is Karo Holmberg