The Great Nocturnal Happening will be celebrated in Tampere on Thursday 9
August 2012. It features over 190 performances and events staged by
almost 80 participants all over the Tampere city centre. The first
events will start already on Thursday morning and the last ones won’t
end before the small hours of Friday morning.
The Great Nocturnal Happening, which is part of the Tampere Theatre Festival, is an event for the whole family where all kinds of groups, businesses and organisations can perform at their own expense. Most events are free of charge for the audience. There will be dance, music, poetry, fire, musicals, cinema, performance art pieces and author appearances.
Tampere Theatre Festival 2012
In the main library Metso, the Great Nocturnal Happening will present a play called “Sammakko on sammakko” (“A Frog is a Frog”) by Puppet Theatre Nirunaru at 10 a.m. The play will last a little short of half an hour. You can get acquainted with the world of puppet theatre between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Puppet theatre workshop. You can see the comic couple Viivi and Wagner and other Finnish comic book and strip characters in miniature size between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christian Jütte, who made the miniature models, will also be present. All the events in Metso are free of charge and you do not have to sign up beforehand.
During the Great Nocturnal Happening, the Museum Centre Vapriikki will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the admission will be only half the normal price. In Vapriikki, you can try precision shooting with a catapult, join a tour of one of the many exhibitions with Sallamari Kuusela as your tour guide and enter Valehtelijoiden klubi (Liars’ Club), the aim of which is to discover uses for the objects in the collections of the museum:
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Catapult precision shooting at the In Flight exhibition
If you hit the bull’s-eye in one go, you will receive a small prize.
8 p.m. Liars’ club
Which of the actors of Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri Theatre is telling the truth? Free admission
5.30 p.m. guided tour of the In Flight exhibition
7 p.m. guided tour of the Tammerkoski Rapids and the Story of Tampere exhibition.
8 p.m. guided tour of the Dear Maggie – William Lomax and Tampere exhibition
9 p.m. guided tour of the Tampere 1918 – the largest battle fought in a city environment in the Nordic countries exhibition
The Children’s Minifestival brings a joyful atmosphere to the Great Nocturnal Happening and things to do for the smallest members of the family between 5 and 8 p.m. The Siina ja Taikaradio duo and Sipe ja ystävä are in charge of music at the Väinö Linna Square. In addition, the event extends to the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Children’s Cultural Centre Rulla, where you can familiarise yourself with the exhibition and workshops of Pikku Kakkonen, the iconic Finnish children’s TV programme.
Tampere’s new Laikunlava in the park of the Old Library House will be packed with plays as well as dance and music performances. On the stage, you will find Mihrimah performing oriental dance, the dance group Maattaret, a play, “Aurinko” (The Sun), performed in sign language by Tammersign, an organisation promoting awareness and knowledge about sign language, African drumming by dance and drumming group Udoka as well as Samba school União da Roseira.
At the Tallipiha Stable Yards, you can enjoy salsa dancing from 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Tampereen salsa ry Azúcar salsa organization will first teach you the moves at the start of the event and then you can dance through the night to Caribbean music.
The band Pertti Palm ja Tummat tunteet was extremely popular at last year’s Great Nocturnal Happening and will perform again on the Finlayson Stage on the Väinö Linna Square from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. The concert will feature Finnish Romany music from the band’s own record.
More information available about the Great Nocturnal Event on the website of Tampere Theatre Festival. There you can find all the performances and events of the Happening.
The Great Nocturnal Happening on 9 August 2012