Tampere Day fills the city’s streets with art and events
Tampere will celebrate its 238th anniversary from 29 September to 1 October. Local providers, including associations and the city’s departments, will organise more than 100 individual events over the anniversary weekend. The festivities will include archery, robots, communal art and guided tours.
The anniversary weekend will kick off at a grand opening event at Central Square and City Hall on Friday 29 September from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The doors to City Hall will be opened to the public for the first time in many years. The city’s employees will introduce the halls and art of the prestigious building to visitors. Before admiring City Hall from the inside, visitors can enjoy some birthday cake and coffee at Central Square. Coffee is served by Tredu to the first 2,000 people. The event will also feature performances by the Tampere Pops string quartet, an ensemble from the Tanssimania dance festival and giant bubble artists.
In addition to the opening event, the underlying theme for Friday’s programme is art. Tampere Day coincides with European Researchers’ Night, which means venues such as Vapriikki and the Children's Cultural Centre Rulla will feature interesting researchers and phenomena.
Many of the events on Tampere Day will celebrate Finland’s centenary year. Residents can participate in a communal work of art by Maria Stereo on Väinö Linna square on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The title of the work is “Alavilla mailla ei hallan vaaraa" (“No frost in low-lying areas"). The work is a greenhouse which people are welcome to fill with their unfading flowers. The greenhouse will be lit on Sunday night at 6 p.m., accompanied by music by Tomutonttu. The work will stay in the Finlayson area until late in the autumn.
The traditional Tampere Day festivities, such as free entrances to museums and the rescue department, children’s concerts and other events, are expected to attract thousands of visitors again this year. There will also be a large number of open doors events and tours, which have typically been popular. Facilities that open their doors to the public on Tampere Day include the Keskikoski water plant, renovated Hatanpää Manor and hospital, TAYS hospital and the tram construction site. Visit Tampere will organise walking and bus tours of Pispala, Teisko, Tampere in 1918 and places of importance to singer-songwriter Juice Leskinen.
Sunday will be the busiest day of the week, featuring the new Tampere Day event at Tampere Hall. The umbrella event will combine many activities, such as facts about foundations, new songs about Tampere, a living library and guided tours to the Moomin Museum and around Tampere Hall. The Tanssimania dance festival will hold a children’s concert at 2 p.m., and the event will end at 5 p.m. with a performance by a group of artists from Tampere’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
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