Four-kilometre domino chain the highlight of this summer’s Night of the Arts event
The tumbling of the giant dominoes will be accompanied by music performed with construction-site machinery
The large-scale city happening called "Dominoes", to take place during the traditional Night of the Arts event, which in turn forms part of this summer’s Helsinki Festival cultural happening, can be signed up for during a registration period that will last for a couple of days.
On the morning of the Night of the Arts, on August 23rd, an effort will begin to create a four-kilometre domino chain made out of concrete masonry blocks or breeze blocks that will meander through various parts of the capital.
At 6 p.m. the domino chain will be set in motion at the Observatory Hill, from where it will writhe as a living work of urban art to the Senate Square. The journey of the tumbling blocks should take 45 minutes in total.
At the Senate Square, the domino chain’s progress can be observed on a large screen while listening to music by Kimmo Pohjonen, Ismo Alanko, and Reijo Kela in which old construction-site machines are incorporated with more traditional instruments.
The group has previously performed for example at the Rämsöö Motor Music Festival.
Before the actual event, the dominos will be tested as shorter chains in the districts of Kallio, Meri-Rastila, and the tunnels and islands of Helsinki.
During the Night of the Arts as many as a couple of hundred free events will take place in various parts of Helsinki.
An Open Stage event will be set up on the Citizens’ Square next to the Music Centre. Prospective performers can sign up for the show until Friday.
Late-comers can also queue for their chance on stage even during the actual event.
Four works of city art have been chosen for the Helsinki Festival though a competition.
To sign up for the "Dominoes" or the Open Stage events, please check out the links below.
Signing up for the Dominoes (website in Finnish)
Helsinki Festival: Dominoes
Night of the Arts, 23.8.