Inspiring ideas, new perspectives, creative encounters - Vuoden Huiput Festival is all of this and more!

Vuoden Huiput Festival brings once again together Finnish and foreign forerunners in various creative practices. This year’s theme is COURAGE. During the one-day festival you will get a chance to be inspired by high-level keynote speakers, meet some of the most forward-thinking minds of the field and gain new levels to your own doing.

Join us for a feast of creativity and get your tickets now! Early bird tickets are sold until 31st Dec 2018.

Full programme and schedule will be released in Feb 2019.


Jessica Walsh

Play by Your Own Rules

Jessica Walsh

Jessica Walsh is a designer and art director working in New York. She was made partner in the world-famous design studio Sagmeister & Walsh at the age of 25 and is one of the most celebrated designers of her generation. In 2016 she founded the network Ladies, Wine and Design, currently with chapters in over 150 cities worldwide, to foster and boost women’s creativity. Jessica has also received various distinctions such as Forbes “30 under 30 greatest makers”, an Art Director’s Club “Young Gun,” and Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artist”. Jessica travels internationally to speak about creativity and she teaches typography and design at New York School of Visual Arts. In her keynote at Vuoden Huiput Festival, Jessica will discuss the importance of play and rules in the creative process.







Erik Kessels


Erik Kessels

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, designer and curator with great interest in photography. Since 1996, Kessels is the Creative Director of communications agency KesselsKramer, known for its quirky, inventive and unconventional style. The agency’s client includes national and international names such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam, Ben, Vitra, Citizen M and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.

As an artist and photography curator Kessels has published over 50 books of his 're-appropriated' images and curated many exhibitions, such as 24HRS of Photos. In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, and in 2012 he was elected the most influential creative of Netherlands. At Vuoden Huiput Festival Erik will discuss the importance of failure and how he is inspired by mistakes.

Cool Shit

Making Cool Shit

Cool Shit

Cool Shit is the Internet in real life. The Lissabon-based fashion and art studio’s large inflatable sculptures have been exhibited in New York, Bondi Beach, London and Paris, and their works have been featured in Vice, The Guardian and the Paper Magazine.

In 2013, the studio began a Kickstarter campaign to create a giant, inflatable Lionel Richie’s head. The campaign included making full print Lionel Richie t-shirts, which the internet went crazy for, and the manufacturing of the tees continued until Lionel Richie’s lawyers asked the studio to stop. It was too late to stop the movement, and since then the studio has actively worked to create art that is public, polarizing and pop.

The goal of the studio has always been to make big, playful things of cultural impact and use design thinking in a way that truly engages people. At Vuoden Huiput Festival, artist and founder of the studio Danger Dave will tell us all about how to make cool shit.

More speakers to be announced soon


Vuoden Huiput Festival is organised on Thursday March 7th 2019 9 am – 8 pm at Clarion Hotel Jätkäsaari, Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki.

Festival schedule and full programme will be released during February 2019.


Early bird tickets on sale now!


(regular price starting Jan 1st 2019: 345€)

Ticket for Grafia members

(regular price starting Jan 1st 2019: 115€)

Student ticket

The ticket price includes the full festival programme, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee as well as evening programme.

Vuoden Huiput Festival is organised by Grafia – Association of Visual Communications Designers in Finland.

Further information:
Liina Sipilä, producer

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