Discover the gems of Helsinki street art in Pasila neighbourhood.
Pasila is a concrete neighbourhood in Helsinki just 5 minutes by train from the main railway station. It gained its reputation as a graffiti and street art venue already 30 years ago, and now it is enjoying a revival after a long period of “zero tolerance” — a policy that forbade any street art activity in Helsinki.
During the last few years a number of artists from Finland and abroad started to turn this part of Helsinki into a big street art gallery. Pasila Street Art District is a unique place in Finland when it comes to amount, variety and level of street art. It features works of local and internationally renowned artists from all over the world.
During the 2 hour tour you’ll see a lot of street art varying from graffiti to stencils, big murals, ceramic art and installations. We’ll tell stories behind the art pieces, explain how they were made and what kind of techniques are used in street art. You’ll also hear more about the area, history of street art and graffiti as well as other interesting details of Helsinki no other tour guides will tell you.
In Pasila cars and pedestrians are divided to different levels, which makes it easy to walk and also suitable for children. Depending on the weather, remember to take with you drinking water, an umbrella or warm clothes.
The tours starts and ends at our Pasila Urban Art Center (Pasilan kaupunkitaidekeskus), where you can also leave your bags. After the tour you can check out our current exhibition and learn more about street art.
The address of Pasila Urban Art Center is Kasöörinkatu 3. The place is located in the inner yard of the house, next to a ramp with a boat painted by Fat Heat and futuristic graffiti by TransOne. The easiest way to reach Pasila Urban Art Center is to take the tram 9 to a stop called Jämsänkatu and walk up the small slope behind the stop. Or to take any train to Pasila and walk a bit.
We organise public street art tours usually every last Saturday of the month at 11am. You don’t have to register beforehand, just show up at Pasila Urban Art Center (Kasöörinkatu 3) before the tour starts. Upcoming tours you can also find on our Facebook page.
You can decide yourself how much you want to pay for the tour (recommended donation at least 10 €). The money goes to running costs of Pasila Urban Art Center and creating new street art in the area.
Public tours are held in English (unless otherwise stated), but we do on request private tours also in Finnish, German and Russian (for private tours, please contact us).