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Dutch E-culture Days Helsinki


Dutch E-culture Days

— Join us at the Pavilion of the World Design Capital in the center of Helsinki for two days of innovative showcases at the crossroads of digital media, arts and technology from the Netherlands.

Directors, producers and artists from the Netherlands will be present to show their latest projects and discuss ‘the making of’ with the audience.

Experience the future of storytelling, create the social city of tomorrow and shake hands with Dutch innovation. All this and more at the Dutch E-culture Days during World Design Capital Helsinki.

The Dutch E-culture Days will let you fly without an engine, show you jaw-dropping data visualisations and gives you the opportunity to meet and mingle with Dutch innovators. And we have free 'tracking cookies' for every visitor! Dutch E-culture Days are made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

View images and videos of the event on our Flickr page.

Watch the Dutch E-culture Days trailer on our YouTube page.

Saturday 21 July: Experience the Future of Storytelling

Ongoing programme from 12.00 hrs till 20.00 hrs with screenings, best practice show cases, free books, magazines and presentations.

Presentations 15:00-17:00:

  • Meet ‘Flying Dutchman’ Jarno Smeets, and see how a man learned to fly and shared his experiences with a growing online audience. With: Floris Kaayk Human Birdwings (
  • Watch the spectacular aerial images in the Dutch datavis documentary The Netherlands from Above, and learn how boring Excel sheets of all the data we collectively generate, can be turned into beautiful images that tell the story of our everyday lives.
  • Submarine Channel turns games into art and they will show their latest projects including the interactive motion comic The Art of Pho and A Split Second

Watch videos of the projects on YouTube.

17.00 - 19.00 hrs. Meet & Mingle with Dutch digital media producers, designers & artists

Are you working in the field of digital arts and culture? Interested in exploring opportunities or just curious to see what the Dutch digital arts & culture scene is currently up to? Please join us for drinks at this reception, and we will be glad to introduce you to the Dutch e-culture community. Drop us a line if you plan to come at

19.00 hrs. Public Film Screening: Forget the Film, Watch the Titles

Since 2006, Submarine Channel has been curating some of the most impressive title sequences on what has grown into an internationally successful blog, interview series, screening series, and a DVD. This screening program features a one-hour selection of the very best title sequences made between 2005-2011. Fasten your seat-belt for a bumpy ride and, just this once, forget the film and watch the titles. You'll be glad you did!

Tonight they will show some of the most impressive and influential sequences that have been markers for contemporary visual culture as a whole. With an introduction by Remco Vlaanderen.

Sunday 22 July: Social Cities of Tomorrow

Ongoing programme from 12.00 hrs till 18.00 hrs with screenings, best practice showcases and presentations about new media and designing a social city. And your final chance to pick up a cookie to track your mood on the interactive map of Helsinki.

Presentations 15:00-17:00

How can we make use of new media to make our cities more social rather than just more hi-tech? Three Dutch (urban) designers will present their projects that aim to engage the public more deeply with their surroundings and bring urban public space to life.

  • Michiel de Lange (The Mobile City) on digital media technologies and its impact on urban design
  • Kars Alfrink (Hubbub) on Play Pilots and social games for social change
  • Alper Çugun (Open State Foundation) on open data, apps contests and urban life.


World Design Capital Helsinki Pavillion, Ullanlinnankatu 2-4 (between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum). Check the WDCH Pavillion website.



Dutch E-culture Days is organised by Virtueel Platform, the Dutch institute for digital arts and culture from the Netherlands, in cooperation with Demos Helsinki ( and with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from The Netherlands.

Dutch E-culture Days is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion Programme


For more information about the program, or if you would like to get in touch with one of the participating parties, please contact


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