Empty Bowls Helsinki event is an annual event that takes place at the atmospheric Crypt of the Helsinki Dome. The 2018 Empty Bowls Helsinki takes place on Saturday, September 15.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. It was started 1990 in Michigan, USA, by art teachers Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom. Empty Bowls is a happy lunch event that is established through donations given by potters and other craftspeople who make beautiful handcrafted bowls, restaurants that donate delicious soups and bread. Musical entertainment is also donated to the event by exceptional artists.

This year we are honored to have (among the many other great artists) a mini-concert by Iiro Rantala.

In exchange for a cash donation (minimum 25 €) visitors are given a handmade bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In addition, visitors are invited to enjoy a soup lunch and entertainment in the beautiful Crypt of the Helsinki Dome.

You will be served fantastic soups donated by the best restaurant in Helsinki!

Empty Bowls Helsinki’s donations go to the Finnish UNICEF emergency fund, which uses the money to build and renovate wells, water pipes, pumps, and dry toilets, and to teach children in poor countries the basics of hygiene. Work is done in over 90 worst-off countries.

Finland’s first ever Empty Bowls event took place in 2003 in Helsinki. When I gathered a group of friends to arrange the Empty Bowls day as a celebration of my 10-year-anniversary as a ceramic artist at UDUMBARA.

From 2006 on the Empty Bowls Helsinki has been a part of the Helsinki Design Week and since 2015 it has been organized by Tuula Styrman and many volunteers from Unicef Helsinki.

Udumbara donates 100 local clay bowls for the event, this year they where decorated by the artist from Patternsfrom Agency.

Welcome to join us for this happy benefit lunch for Unicef!
Best wishes, Eva