Continuing on the theme of creative working spaces in Helsinki, here is a short intro to Made in Kallio. It is a cafe, shop and creative workspace in the district of Kallio. Made in Kallio is a network and initiative of local artists and creative people. They co-organise events, offer studio and workshop space in addition to selling works of local designers and talents, over a cup of coffee of course.
Kallio is a bohemian district in central Helsinki. It’s known for both its artsy people and ‘spuges’. The latter is a Helsinki slang word for drunken semi-homeless people. Expect low(er) rents, art studios, smell of pee, thai ‘massage’ shops, cute cafes and lots of people pretty much 24-7. Well, I live there. And Kallio is probably one of the most creative and bohemian districts in Helsinki. So not all bad. And you get the real city life comforts here: supermarket open 24h, late night meals, walking distance / night bus / metro from everywhere etc.
Here is how Kallio is described by Kallioliike, an initiative to increase sense of community in Kallio:
Kallio is the throbbing urban heart of Helsinki, a romanticized old working-class district not only known for its population of students, bohemians and beer-fond denizens, but also increasingly identified as an abode of families with young children at home and of middle-class IT workers. There’s room for everyone in Kallio!
Find out more and join Kallioliike on their website.
And finally some pics from Made in Kallio, with my old Nikon D60.