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IHME Project 2017: The Black Charismatic

by Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi

From Thursday, April 6 till April 29th, at 10:00–18:00 (Mon-Sat, closed on Sundays)
Finnish Salvation Army Temple, Uudenmaankatu 40, Helsinki (on Google Maps). The Black Charismatic installation
Free admission

The Finnish Salvation Army Temple is best reached by the No. 3 tram (stop: Iso Roobertinkatu) and the 6 or 6T tram (stop: Alexander Theatre). Train and long-distance, local and regional bus terminuses are about a kilometre away, at Helsinki Central Railway Station and Elielinaukio Square/Kamppi Centre.

The nearest indoor car park is Q-Parkki’s Pikku Erottaja (Yrjönkatu 8–10).

In addition to the installation, events during the Festival included the world premiere of the documentary The Black Charismatic at Finnkino Cinema Tennispalatsi (5 April), a live concert from The Black Monks of Mississippi at Rock Church(6 April) and first three LPs by the ensemble.


The Finnish Salvation Army Temple has obstacle-free access by a ramp to the right of the main entrance. There is accessible parking in front of the main entrance.

There is an accessible WC in the lobby of the church hall. The hall has also a fixed induction loop. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Bigger groups requiring obstacle-free access are recommended to contact Pekka Ahonen (+358 9 6812 3013) in advance.