Good News from Wed, 22 August, 2012:

Helsinki prepares giant domino chain

If all goes well, the last block should tumble at Senate Square. If all goes well, the last block should tumble at Senate Square.

One of the highlights of Helsinki’s Night of the Arts on Thursday is expected to be a four-kilometre chain of concrete dominoes tumbling through the heart of the city from Observatory Hill to Senate Square via Bulevardi and Kamppi Shopping Centre.

Volunteers have signed up to help build the domino route which will consist of 10,000 breeze blocks running through streets, parks, underground stations, secret passages, public spaces and even homes.    

The British performance company Station House Opera, which is behind the event, has previously staged Dominoes in Britain, France and Slovenia.

Dominoes is part of the Helsinki 200 Years as Capital jubilee programme.

The domino chain will be set in motion at 6pm and should take 45 minutes to complete.

At Senate Square, the domino chain’s progress can be observed on a large screen while listening to music performed with construction-site machinery as well as more traditional instruments.

The Night of the Arts which is expected to attract up to 100,000 people, features about 200 events around the city

The Night of the Arts is itself part of the two-week Helsinki Festival which features a wide variety of performances and art forms.