Empty Bowls 2021 is once again part of Helsinki Design Week program 11.9.2021-19.9.2021!
Empty Bowl events will take place in our partners’ restaurants and workshops during Helsinki Design week. Last year people donated over 10 000€ through different channels! This year there are several ways for you to participate in Empty Bowls:
You can donate directly
1. MobilePay 52053
2. Finnish UNICEF bank account FI56 1555 3000 1166 09, reference 40567 0093
3. Empty bowls 2021 electronic donation box (coming in September)
You can participate in craft artists’ workshops and in events to paint bowls in September-October
at studios or remotely. Book your place in advance to events for painting Arabia bowls from the studios and the workshops. You can also book a particular bowl that you like by following the directions below. The donation goes directly to UNICEF emergency aid. The minimum donation is 25€. You can find the artists that have donated on Empty Bowls Facebook-page or by clicking Lahjoittajat on this page.
Instructions to book and pay for a bowl:
Book a bowl by messaging the artist
Wait for confirmation
Pay directly to UNICEF by following the donation instructions, reference the artist and the bowl number. You will get the bowl by showing the receipt
Arrange a pick-up with the artist
Come and enjoy a delicious lunch or a soup dinner in our partners’ restaurants
Below, you can find info on where and when to have a delicious lunch or dinner with a great cause and design. Potters and other crafts people donate their unique bowls, restaurants donate their delicious soups and bread, and our volunteers donate their time.
Ravintola Messenius 11.9. from 12 to 15, Messeniuksenkatu 7, 00250 Helsinki
Sofia Ravintola 14.9. from 17 to 19, Aleksanterinkatu 28, 00170 Helsinki
With a donation (minimum 25 €), you get a bowl of soup and a beautiful bowl as a reminder of the importance of helping others. When we work together, we are stronger and we feel better. Bowls by different artists are spread equally within the three restaurants as long as they last!
You can donate bowls
Bowls can be donated for Empty Bowls 2021 events through Matkahuolto to the address Tuula Styrman c/o Sofia Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 28, Helsinki 00170, or by arranging another way by messaging info(at)tyhjakulho.fi.
The bowls need to be with us by the 10th of September. Thank you for your support and participation!
Follow our homepages and Facebook. 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.
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” diplomafor volunteer work.
For further information, please contact info(at)tyhjakulho.fi
Read more about the international Empty Bowls organisation at www.emptybowls.com.