The Deaconess Foundation invites you to a colourful Block Party 


Now in its fifth year, the Block Party (Korttelijuhla) is a big and lively celebration at Alppikatu, Helsinki, on 24 August. Performers include Atomirotta, Litku Klemetti and Tumppi Varonen & Problems.

Korttelijuhla somistetaan viirinauhalla.

On 24 August, from 13.00 to 17.00, the red brick city block of Alppikatu, which is steeped in the history of the Deaconess Foundation, will be the venue for a fun variety of activities, music, theatre, new and old. In addition to bands that will perform, the programme includes a photo exhibition by Meeri Koutaniemi, a monolog about Aurora Karamzin, the founder of the Deaconess Foundation, a flea market, a Living Library, community singing, history tours, a Gregorian chant workshop, giant bubbles, food, coffee and pastries, candy floss and tons more.

The party has attracted more than a thousand visitors each year, and this year is expected to be no different.

“With the debate about race and inequality raging this summer, it feels particularly important to bring people together from different areas of society. The block party a good-humoured celebration of equality and diversity that everyone can enjoy,” says Olli Holmström, CEO of the Deaconess Institute.

Starting as a tiny plaque hospital and educator for young women in Helsinki, the Deaconess Foundation is now a nationwide social foundation with 3200 employees. Its work has evolved over the years, but its core mission remains the same:

human dignity and love of one’s neighbour are at the heart of all its work.

This year, the Deaconess Foundation’s service company Rinnekodit and the Finnish Diaconal College, which operates in the Alppikatu city block, are also involved in organising the programme.

The Block Party is a celebration of the work of the Deaconess Foundation for Human Dignity.

A warm welcome to all!


Block party (Korttelijuhla) 

Time: Thursday 24.8. from 13-17
Place: Alppikatu 2, 00530 Helsinki
Programme details (in Finnish)

For further information, please contact:

  • Olli Holmström, CEO
  • Laura Niemi, Communications and Sustainability Director (, +358503738602)
  • Jenni Sarolahti, Communications Manager (, +358503720828)



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