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Organise an event

Do you want to organise an event open to all at Oodi? Oodi welcomes small and large event organisers, private citizens and associations alike. We offer accessible venues for a wide range of events equipped with various technologies.

Each year, we facilitate hundreds of events of different sizes, such as book releases, lectures and concerts. Open events are mainly held in Oodi on weekday nights and weekends. Open events cannot have a registration or admission fee.

Feel free to submit your proposal, and we can discuss the options together. In your message, please mention the content of the event, the target audience and your preferred date and time. Send your event proposal to oodi.tilat@hel.fi

Literature event on the Saarikoski rug

The third floor of Oodi, called Book Heaven, is an excellent place for holding literature events. Adult literary events are held at the southern end of Book Heaven, on the Saarikoski rug. For example, a book publishing event or literature-themed discussion events are an excellent fit for these facilities.

The floor is suitable for events for 10–50 people that last around one hour and are open to all and suitable for open facilities. For such events, Oodi provides a PA system and microphones for 1–4 speakers. No fee is charged for using the facilities. If you need space for a larger audience, you can organise a literature event in our other event facilities as well. In such cases, a fee may be charged for using the facilities. Enquire about available times and the suitability of your event for Book Heaven: oodi.aikuiset@hel.fi.

If you want to hold a closed literature event, such as a publishing event for invited guests, you can reserve Oodi’s fee-based event facilities. Please note that in such a case, a fee is usually charged for using the facilities.

Discussion event or lecture

Literature, current events, urban culture, politics… Oodi hosts events on a wide range of topics. Send us a proposal for your event. You cannot organise religious or single-party political events in cooperation with Oodi, but you can rent a paid space for them.

Oodi’s Maijansali Hall, Kino Regina and Kuutio are ideal venues for various public events. Maijansali Hall is equipped with comprehensive performance venue technology and can be furnished in many different ways. The hall can accommodate an audience of up to 150 people but also works well for smaller events. Kino Regina’s elegant seating can accommodate audiences of 250 people and Kuutio 50 people.

Music event

Oodi has two excellent venues for musical performances. The Book Heaven facilities on the third floor are suitable for calm, unplugged and short musical performances. Maijansali Hall on the first floor, on the other hand, features diverse presentation technology including lights and a high-quality PA system. There are seats for 100–180 people, depending on what kind of a stand is built for the event.

Enquire about available times and the suitability of your music event for Oodi: oodi.tilat@hel.fi.

Children’s event

In the children’s area on the third floor of Oodi, you can organise open, free-of-charge events for children and families. Events can be held in an open facility or children’s event facility that also features video and audio equipment. The area is suitable for events such as publishing events for children’s books or children’s music events, as well as small-scale theatre performances.

Enquire about available times and the suitability of your event for Oodi: oodi.lapsetjanuoret@hel.fi.

Art exhibition

Oodi focuses on presenting technology-mediated art – works designed to be presented in digital format. At Oodi, it is possible to organise small or larger media art exhibitions or art events. Whether you are planning a workshop, screening or media art experience, we have a variety of technical equipment and facilities that are suitable for artistic use.

If you would like to organise an exhibition at Oodi, please write a short exhibition application that indicates the nature and type of the work. Indicate at least the following in your application:

  • What the work deals with and from what point of view, as well as the potential target audience
  • The format, technical requirements and dimensions of the work
  • The desired dates of the exhibition
  • Images/video/other material illustrating the exhibition idea

Please send your application by email to oodi.tilat@hel.fi

Film screening

Oodi has three spaces suitable for film screenings: Kino Regina, Maijansali Hall and Aura.

Kino Regina is used part-time by the library cinema and part-time as a cinema of the National Audiovisual Institute. The space can accommodate up to 250 people and can be used for film screenings, for example from a computer, DVD or Blu-ray disc. If the film is shown as a DCP copy or equivalent, a machine operator must be hired from the National Audiovisual Institute.

Contact information for the National Audiovisual Institute

You can also screen films in Maijansali Hall. The hall has a 150-seat auditorium, and an image of 5 x 2.5 metres can be projected on the screen.

Aura has a 4K projector, a screen with a 4 m diameter and a Dolby Atmos multichannel sound system with a 7.1.4 speaker setup.

Please remember that if you screen copyrighted material at Oodi, you must have a permission to screen the material. As the event organiser, you are also responsible for complying with responsibilities specified in the Act on Audiovisual Programmes (710/2011), such as age ratings.

Food-related event

A birthday party for a group of friends, a workplace recreation day, casual cooking together… or maybe your own kitchen is simply too small for baking? The second floor of Oodi features a kitchen suitable for a variety of food and cooking-related events. The kitchen is well suited for teaching cooking. The kitchen can also host open public events, such as cookbook publishing events.

Learn more about the kitchen of Oodi or ask for more information about the suitability of your event for Oodi: oodi.tilat@hel.fi.

Read more about the kitchen at Oodi

Pop-up event

You can organise small-scale pop-up events on the first floor of Oodi. The facility is suitable for events such as presentations of the activities of organisations and associations or introductions of various non-profit services. Please note that commercial activities are not allowed at the pop-up points.

You can also use the first floor lobby to organise public events that are open and suitable for public facilities. The facility can be equipped with rows of seating for around 20 people.

Enquire about available times and the suitability of your event for Oodi: oodi.tilat@hel.fi.

Read more about the pop-up area

Event under the peak of Oodi

You can organise various outdoor events, such as small-scale music events or other performances, in front of Oodi – or in other words, under its peak. Oodi can provide the event with electricity and potentially other event technology.

You must schedule the event with Oodi beforehand. Enquire about available times and the suitability of your event under the peak of Oodi: oodi.tilat@hel.fi.

Please note that if your event extends to Kansalaistori, you must apply for a permit from the City of Helsinki Urban Environment Division. If you want to organise event solely on Kansalaistori square, you must also apply for a permit from the Urban Environment Division.

Read more about the public area permit proceedings