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Events and a naming contest at the Old Library House cultural centre

Published 26.8.2016 15.43

The Old Library House in central Tampere will become an important cultural hub for the city’s residents. The building will be closed for ventilation works in 2017 and it will re-open as a cultural centre in spring 2018. Before the renovation, the Old Library House will house a series of events that showcase its future repertoire, and residents are welcome to join in the planning. The house will also receive a new name.

Galleria Emil Vanhassa kirjastotalossa

The new cultural centre will offer a location for many existing services and operators in the field of culture in Tampere. The centre will house the offices of the City of Tampere Cultural Affairs, Migration Info Centre Mainio, International Activity Centre, Pispalan Sottiisi festival and Children's Cultural Centre Rulla. Of course, new ideas are also welcome: the city wants to fill the halls, auditoriums, yard and the new café with many different activities and events. Anyone can suggest new activities and uses for the space on an idea wall that will be erected in the lobby of the Old Library House during the autumn or on the City of Tampere website. The house will also receive a new name as a result of a naming contest that is open until 4 December. All participants in the naming contest will enter a prize draw to win tickets to the city’s cultural services.

Taster events in the autumn

The taster events at the cultural centre during the autumn offer a glimpse of what the new centre could be like after its opening in 2018. The taster programme includes concerts by the Music Academy, afternoon singalongs, art workshops on Tampere Day and acoustic Läsnä (“Present") concerts with famous artists from Tampere, such as Nicolas Kivilinna, Laura Moisio and Pekko Käppi.

Children's Cultural Centre Rulla, which will move to the ground floor, will organise a puppet theatre show, children’s concerts and circus performances in the autumn. Migration Info Centre Mainio will move to the third floor, and the centre will host a series of immigration-themed theatre shows with Theatre 2.0 as a taster. The gallery will host the Art Lending Service of the Tampere Artists’ Association and a range of temporary exhibitions.

The autumn finale will take place in December: Tampere Underground will be organised in the cultural centre, featuring events and exhibitions by Vastavirta, Hirvitalo, PERFO!, World of Tango Festival, Telakka, AMMR, SWÄG and other names from the alternative culture scene.

Further information

Jaakko Laurila