Empty bowl – Our Empty Bowls Helsinki 2020 main event is postponed due to the COVID19!
We wanted to stick to the unique atmosphere of the event and host smaller, atmospheric Empty Bowl events during HDW Week and throughout the fall with partners and consider visitors’ safety.
5.9.2020 We start the autumn Empty Bowl events at Restaurant Messenius Summer Market, Messeniuksenkatu 7, Töölö from 12-17.
With your donation of a minimum of € 25, you can choose the bowls made by ceramic and glass artists to your liking and enjoy Restaurant Messenius’ delicious organic Riilahti organic soup and get to know the various food delicacies of the summer market. You can also take away soup with you.
DIY your Empty Bowl workshops
We received a wonderful donation of white bowls from Arabia.
10.9.2020 At Udumbara studio, Kaarlenkatu 15, you can participate in the DIY Empty bowls event from 5 pm to 7 pm.
On this occasion, you can illustrate your DIY own Arabian white bowl and enjoy an excellent soup of Zen Sushi. We can accommodate 6 participants at a time. Book your seat by email: email@example.com
Upon registration, you will receive instructions for your donation to, min € 25 €.
14.10.2020 Keramiikkakeskus Septarian You can register for the Images Your Own Empty Bowl event and book your place from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm or from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm by message to firstname.lastname@example.org. It can accommodate 9 participants/workshop.
Upon registration, you will receive instructions for a UNICEF donation, min € 25.
At the event, you can DIY illustrate your bowl the way you want and enjoy delicious soup and a wonderful atmosphere. You can pick up the finished bowl from Septaria later after the illustration is completed.
This year, our support will go specifically to emergency care for children suffering from the COVID19 virus. Let’s help Unicef together to help!
A warm thank you to all the donors who are involved in making this possible!
You can also participate in the Empty Bowl event by donating directly:
Follow our homepages and Facebook pages. There you will find more information about all the upcoming autumn events, all the donors, and how you can attend and book your place for workshops and events in advance!
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.
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 Cathedral.
Events take place all around the world and many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. 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. Ceramic artist Eva Spoof gathered a group to arrange the Empty Bowls day as a celebration of her 10-year-anniversary as a ceramic artist UDUMBARA. Ceramic artists, restaurants and other volunteers participated in making the day a success. 800 bowls went in just two hours.
The most successful year so far has been 2008, when 870 guests donated approximately 15 300 euros to UNICEF.
From 2006 on the Empty Bowls Helsinki has been a part of the Helsinki Design Week. In addition, it was one of the Suomi 90 Finland jubilee year’s events. In 2011 it was one of Ornamo’s 100-year celebrations.
In 2008 Empty Bowls Helsinki was awarded the ”Vuoden UNICEF-teko” diploma and Kelpo esimerkki diploma for volunteer work.
For further information, please contact Tuula Styrman, tel. 050 548 9717.
Read more about the international Empty Bowls organisation at www.emptybowls.com.