Night of the Arts at Helsinki City Museum
On The Night of the Arts, the City Museum turns into a drag party blasting 1970s disco music. The evening’s programme also features rap artist Tero Hetero. As with all City Museum events, entry is free of charge.
Helsinki City Museum’s Night of the Arts on Thursday 24 August 2017 starts at 7 p.m. with the fabulous Drag Me To HEL drag show that shakes up traditional norms and is suited for all ages. A second, adult-oriented drag show starts at 9 p.m. The Drag Me To HEL-collective has become one of the most distinguishable cornerstones of the local drag scene. Gender roles are irrelevant as the collective, ranging all the way from the grotesque to the hauntingly beautiful, adds a touch of the 70s to their queer-themed art. The show will feature some of the most recent members of the collective as well as all-time favourite performers Illuminatrix, Lamey Crackhouse, Lola Vanilla and Theodora Rex.
At 7 p.m., the Helsexinki exhibition’s steel-cage bust will be taken over by DJs Stuffin’ Muffins & Kempo. Laura Mitten, aka DJ Stuffin’ Muffins has ran the city’s oldest feminist/queer club for over 8 years as a part of the Peijakas!-collective. The booties will be a-shaking, for sure – right until 10 p.m.
At 8 p.m., disco fever takes over the museum as the legendary DJ Mr. A starts his set. Find your inner Tony or Stephanie with the hottest disco hits from the 70s. The beats continue until 10 p.m.
At 10 p.m., the evening culminates in the show of non-binary rapper Tero Hetero, whose music combines positive messages, pop melodies and upbeat electronic dance music. The performance also features vocals by Sari Goltz and music by Henna Helasvuo and Lasse Turunen from the band “Pihka ja myrsky”. Several singles have been released from Tero Hetero’s debut album to be published in the autumn of 2017, including the track “Tahdon”, which celebrates the same-sex marriage act that was enacted in the spring, and ”En oo tyttö”, which dismantles pointless clichés and norms related to gender.
The museum will be open until 11 p.m. on the Night of the Arts, making for a great opportunity to explore some of the memories related to the city in the Helsinki Bites exhibition. The topical Helsexinki-exhibition shares experiences of gender and sexual minorities. Travel back in time with the virtual headsets in the Time Machine and visit the world as it was a hundred years ago. Children’s Town is full of adventure for visitors big and small. For something to remember your nighttime museum visit by, take a free picture in the photo-booth.
7 p.m. Drag me to HEL
8–10 p.m. Disco, Mr. A
9 p.m. Drag me to HEL
10 p.m. Tero Hetero
11 p.m. The museum closes