Venues and schedules of Katie Paterson´s incense ceremonies

12/08/2021
IHME Helsinki commission 2021 is Katie Paterson's To Burn, Forest, Fire where the smell of the first ever forest and the last forest of the climate crisis are made in to incenses. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

It is a great pleasure to announce the partners and schedules of artist Katie Paterson’s To Burn, Forest, Fire incense ceremonies!

To Burn, Forest, Fire will consist of the scent of the first-ever forest on earth and the scent of the last forest of the age of climate crisis, made into incense and then burned across a variety of sites around the city of Helsinki in 1-30 September, 2021.

The ceremonies of the IHME Helsinki commission 2021 are held almost every day in September and the best two. Weather reservation for outdoor ceremonies – Suomenlinna island, Kumpula Botanical Garden and Observatory. Due to covid-19 restrictions only half of the seats are in used in the events indoors and thus the participants will be included in the order of arrival at the event / meeting place. We recommend to arrive to the venue 10-15 minutes earlier.

The duration of the incense ceremony is about an hour and the entrance if free. Please, arrive in time and give yourself  permission to relax, in so doing you will create a peaceful experience for other participants, too.

Some of the ceremonies are aimed at special target groups, this is mentioned in italics at the venue list. Changes are possible, please follow the updates on this page. All other ceremonies are open to all. Warm welcome!

Wed 1.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Fri 3.9.2021  Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Sat 4.9.2021 Komendantin puutarha, Suomenlinna island. Gathering at 10:00 in Suomenlinna, close to the ferry waiting area. You will recognise our staff from the IHME sign. Walking together to the garden of the Comendant, incense ceremony will be executed under the oldest oak tree on the island. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 4.9.2021 Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church), Lutherinkatu 3, at 18:00-19:00, max 300 persons. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Mon 6.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta, (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00, for members of Helsinki and Uusimaa Visually Impaired Association

Tue 7.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Wed 8.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00, for members of Finnish Deafblind Association

Thu 9.9.2021 Roihuvuoren seurakuntasali (Roihuvuori parish church hall), Tulisuontie 2, at 18:00-19:00. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 11.9.2021 Kulttuurikeskus Stoa, Turunlinnantie 11, Musiikkisali at 14:00-15:00, pre-registration for this ceremony sanna.nuutinen@hel.fi by 10th Sept, FULL RESERVED

Sun 12.9.2021 Two windows in the House of Bock (Vanha raatihuone), Aleksanterinkatu 20, at 12:00-18:00, welcome to experience the scent of the two forests when passing by. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Mon 13.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 14.9.2021 Kansallismuseo (National Museum), Mannerheimintie 34, at 18:00-19:00, main entrance hall. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Wed 15.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 16.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Fri 17.9.2021 Kulttuurikeskus Stoa, Musiikkisali, Turunlinnantie 11, at 10:00-11:00, pupils of local schools – cancelled

Sat 18.9.2021 Korkeasaari Zoo, Mustikkamaanpolku 12, at 13:00-14:00, Karhulinna- meeting room. With the Zoo ticket.

Sat 18.9.2021 Kansallismuseo (National Museum), Mannerheimintie 34, at 18:00-19:00, main entrance hall

Sun 19.9.2021 Komendantin puutarha, Suomenlinna island. Gathering at 18.30 in Suomenlinna, close to the ferry waiting area. Walking together to the garden of the Comendant, incense ceremony will be executed when the sun is setting under the oldest oak tree on the island.

Mon 20.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 21.9.2021 Kumpula Campus, Physicum, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2, at 15.00-16.00.

Wed 22.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 23.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 23.9.2021 Helsinki Association of the Deaf, Malmi (Kuutio-space), for members at 17:00-18:00

Fri 24.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby at 15:45, max 15 persons.

Sat 25.9.2021 Kumpulan kasvitieteellinen puutarha (Kumpula Botanical Garden), Jyrängöntie 2, at 15:00-16:00, gathering by the gate of the garden at 14.45, max 25 persons. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

Sat 25.9.2021 Kumpulan kasvitieteellinen puutarha (Kumpula Botanical Garden), Jyrängöntie 2, at 17:00-18:00, gathering by the gate of the garden 16.45, max 25 persons

Sun 26.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby, max 15 persons.

Mon 27.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Tue 28.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Wed 29.9.2021 Majakka, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, at 16:00-17:00. Meeting at the lobby, max 15 persons.

Thu 30.9.2021 Tuomiokirkon krypta (Crypt of Helsinki Cathedral), Kirkkokatu 18, at 14:00-15:00

Thu 30.9.2021 Observatorio (Observatory), Kopernikuksentie 1, backyard, at 19:00-20:00. Please note that this event will be documented by IHME.

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COVID 19 measures

The safety of the event is important to us. We comply with current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and observe safe distancing and hygiene. Please do not attend if you are unwell. We recommend using the face mask. Thank you.