The first week of February is a celebration of Finnish architecture and design
Ida Uotila / MFA
On the 3rd of February, Finnish flags are hoisted in celebration of Alvar and Aino Aalto and Finnish architecture and design. The festival organised around the flag-flying day highlights the significance of architecture and design in our daily lives.
The next Finnish Architecture and Design Days are celebrated on 1–5 February 2023 under the theme 'Quality of Living'. The programme consists of more than 50 events around Finland and online. Most of the discussions, lectures and guided tours are held in the Finnish language but the programme also offers events in English.
On 3 February the Finnish flags are hoisted for architecture and design
The national flag-flying day celebrates the key role architecture and design have played in developing the Finnish welfare state and its identity. Since 2022, the Finnish Ministry of the Interior has recommended to hoist the Finnish flag on Alvar Aalto's birthday, 3 February, in celebration of Alvar and Aino Aalto and Finnish architecture and design.
Finnish Architecture and Design Days are organised by the eleven organisations who put forward the motion to establish the flag-flying day: Archinfo, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Designmuseum, Ornamo, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices ATL, Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, The Building Information Foundation RTS, Finnish Association of Landscape Architects MARK and Finnish Association of Interior Architects SIO. The festival is included in the programme of the European Heritage Days.
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