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The Cable Factory is the largest cultural centre in Finland. It houses 3 museums, 11 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, 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 special events.

Cable Factory

- A multifuctional cultural centre

The Cable Factory encompasses five hectares of culture! Covering a total area of 56,000 square metres, the Cable Factory is the biggest and most diverse cultural centre in Finland. The Cable Factory houses 3 museums, 11 galleries, dance theaters, art schools, artists, bands and companies active in the creative industries.

Once an industrial complex producing cables, the centre now offers things to see, do and experience every day of the week for culturally inspired people of all ages. The Cable Factory offers 6 different event spaces and 3 meeting rooms for rent on a short-term basis. They are used for fairs, festivals, concerts and exhibitions all year round.

The Cable Factory is administered by the property management company Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, which is owned by the City of Helsinki. The company is responsible for renovating and renting the former industrial buildings for the needs of the arts, culture and handicrafts. From the beginning of 2008 the company has also administered the historic power plant area in Suvilahti. Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo has over 300 long-term tenants and numerous subtenants. The aim is to find tenants who could support not only the development of the cultural centers in general but also each other’s activities. The income is comprised almost entirely of rents without any public subsidies.

Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo is a member of Trans Europe Halles (www.teh.net), a European network of independent cultural centers, with almost 60 members all over Europe.

Photo: Kuvio Oy / Martin Sommerschield

Photo: Heikki Kouvo