Cultural centre

Kaapelitehdas / Cable Factory occupies the premises of an old factory which initially produced telephone and electrical cables. The Cable Factory project began in 1991 and nowadays it is the largest and most diverse cultural centre in Finland. It houses 3 museums, 10 galleries, dance theatres, art schools, artists, bands and companies active in the creative industries.

Cable Factory offers five unique spaces available for rent on a short-term basis to stage concerts, exhibitions, meetings, festivals and fairs for culturally inspired people of all ages and all year round. Around 900 people work at the Cable Factory daily, and each year nearly 340 000 people attend different events.

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. Cable Factory has a double mission of preserving unique historical buildings while also serving diverse creative tenants, which has resulted in a nationally and internationally significant cultural centre.

The construction of the Dance House Helsinki on the northeastern end of the Cable Factory will renew the cultural centre in the 2020’s.

What makes the organisation unique?

They operate entirely on income from rents without any outside support. They are also the largest cultural centre in Finland.

What TEH activities is the centre a part of?

TEH Nordic Hub, Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities, Staff Exchange, Creative Lenses


Heikki Kouvo and Patrik Rastenberger


Helsinki, Finland


  • Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300), Multifunction Hall, Small Theatre (audience capacity: less than 200), Large Theatre (audience capacity: more than 200), Art Gallery, Conference Room, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room, Music Recording Studio, Multimedia or Audiovisual Studio, Shop or other retail space, Repair Shop, Café / Bar, Restaurant, Co-working Space, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard

  • Exhibition and Programming, Production

  • Music, Theatre / Performance, Circus, Dance, Visual Arts, Multimedia and interactive Arts, Film, Crafts, Literature, Publishing, Media (Radio & TV), Advertisement and Marketing, Fashion, Design, Architecture and Urbanism, Technology, Software, IT and Gaming, Art residencies, Education, Sports, Entrepreneurship

  • Industrial Building