Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Tuesday June 14
At 14:00–18:00
Main event
People first: quality of housing as quality of living, Achieving affordability and sustainability in housing, The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it
The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
Banquet Hall and Event square, Helsinki City Hall

Registration required

The opening ceremony of the International Social Housing Festival 2022 will have welcoming words addressed by Minister Maria Ohisalo, Juhana Vartiainen, Mayor of Helsinki, and  Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe. In addition, the closing ceremony will have keynote speeches.


The Master of Ceremony is Tuomas Toivonen, an architect and educator, who has designed and built housing (and saunas), urban designs and strategy, taught architecture theory and building design

After the opening ceremony, a welcome reception hosted by The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) takes place at the Event square in the lobby of Helsinki City Hall.

14:00–16.00 Opening Ceremony
16:00–18:00 Welcome Reception

Register for this event with the festival registration form.