Kaapeli runs two former industrial sites that have been turned into cultural centres/creative hubs in Helsinki. Kaapeli hosts hundreds of artists, cultural organisations and creative companies.


Historical/cultural heritage area
Funding: Not publicly funded
Business-model: Real Estate Company
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Tallberginkatu 1 C
00180 Helsinki

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Kaapeli manages two former industrial sites that it has turned into cultural centres or creative hubs: Cable Factory and Suvilahti. It is a real-estate company owned by the city of Helsinki.

The Cable Factory is the largest cultural centre or creative hub in Finland. It houses 3 museums, 12 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, a co-working space and a host of artists, bands and companies. Unique spaces are also available for rent on a short-term basis to stage concerts, exhibitions, festivals and fairs. Around 900 people work at the Cable Factory on a daily basis, and each year nearly 340,000 people attend events organised in its spaces.

Suvilahti cultural centre is a former power plant that comprises nine buildings, two gasometers and a 2,6-hectare yard. Tenants range from authors and companies to a brewery bar and several new circus companies. Suvilahti also hosts every summer several large open air festivals, such as Flow festival and Tuska.