Nekala library opens on 7 September
A new library will open in the yard of Nekala’s school building. The first mobile container library in Finland will operate with extensive, self-service opening hours.
A new library will open in the yard of Nekala’s school building. The first mobile container library in Finland will operate with extensive, self-service opening hours.
The Associates exhibition opening on 12 September presents the works of six members of the Tampere Artists’ Association, who are also represented in the collection of the Sara Hildén Foundation.
An international architectural competition for the Sara Hildén Art Museum’s new building has been launched. The competition is organised in cooperation with the Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, the Sara Hildén Foundation and the City of Tampere. The architectural competition lasts from 31 August to 2 December 2020, and the results will be published in early 2021.
Tampere Hall and the Tampere 2026 European Capital of Culture bid and Tampere Hall are teaming with Tallinn Music Week to curate the festival’s opening night at Fotografiska Tallinn on Thursday, 27 August. Among the performers is for example Jesse Markin, one of the brightest new stars from Tampere Region, winner of the two Emma prizes and winner of the Teosto prize.
The Nordic countries’ social, health and care directors held a joint conference on the topic of the covid-19 situation. Due to the pandemic, the annual meeting was arranged as a virtual conference, hosted by the city of Tampere on 20-21 Aug. Sharing the experience made and learning from each other was a key issue at the meeting for the cities as they are developing plans and strategies for preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The City of Tampere, Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are developing a more systematic and long-running cooperation. The purpose of this partnership agreement is to enforce international cooperation, attract international talent, promote employment and develop student services, among other things.
On Thursday 13 August 2020, The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) issued a recommendation that urges citizens to use face masks to protect other people. Face masks provide one means of preventing the spread of coronavirus infections.
Two new day-care centres of the City of Tampere will be inaugurated at the beginning of August: The Mustametsä day-care centre in Nekala and the Hippos day-care centre in Kissanmaa. In addition, several other day-care centre and school construction and renovation projects are under way in different areas of the city.
Following the recommendation of the Finnish National Agency for Education, in the upper secondary schools of Tampere, the school year begins with contact teaching at their premises. The development of the coronavirus situation is monitored, and teaching is planned from the beginning so that, if necessary, it is possible to quickly and flexibly switch to remote or hybrid teaching.
The comprehensive schools in Tampere have updated their guidelines relating to the coronavirus epidemic based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and infections.
The day care centre and open early education clubs in Tampere operate in accordance with the Finnish national hygiene and operating guidelines issued by the authorities. The goal is to avoid the spread of the coronavirus infections.
Tampere welcomes 2,150 first graders this autumn. The school year will begin at Tampere’s comprehensive schools on Tuesday, 11 August 2020.
Jenni Yppärilä’s exhibition Passing by at the Haihara Art Centre 8.8.–30.8. Since 2012 Yppärilä has been documenting built environments in Finland and elsewhere in the form on three-dimensional paintings.
Jukka Silokunna's Entropy I exhibition at Haihara Art Centre 8.8.–30.8.2020. Jukka Silokunnas is a media artist working with video, animation, and Augmented Reality.
While travelling, one should remember to avoid physical contact, maintain a safe distance from other people and follow good hand and coughing hygiene. Coronavirus is primarily transmitted as a droplet infection when a diseased person coughs or sneezes. Coronavirus causes a sudden respiratory tract infection. The symptoms include e.g. a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and headache.
Tampere and 19 municipalities in the surrounding region continue to the second stage in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026. The second stage of the Capital of Culture application is being prepared by a new application team.
A new Tramway artwork will be revealed in Tampere's Vuohenoja district next summer. The creator of the work was sought through an open international art competition of the Tramway Art project, for which 114 entries were received. The competition was won by the Swedish working group Brrum, consisting of Cecilia Lundbäck, Ulrika Karlsson and Veronica Skeppe. The artwork is funded by the A.R. Winter Memorial Foundation together with City of Tampere.
The Rapid Tampere collaboration programme in Tampere, Finland, will open a new application round for high tech companies around the world in August. The first round in 2019 was a success with almost 350 applications from 48 different countries and created new collaboration between technology and industrial companies.
The City of Tampere health centres will be open as usual all summer. The only exception is that the Kämmenniemi Health Centre will be closed from 29 June to 2 August 2020.
The indoor sports venues managed by the City of Tampere are re-opening from 1 June onwards. Furthermore, the previously ordered restrictions for the outdoor sports venues are being eased from the beginning of June onwards.
The Tampere Swimming Centre, outdoor swimming pool and the Pyynikki indoor swimming pool are re-opening on 1 June.
The museums of the City of Tampere that have been closed due to the coronavirus situation are re-opening in June.
The branches of the Tampere City Library will open on 1 June, with the exception of Koukkuniemi Library. Self-service opening hours will not be used for now.
Tampere Art Museum opens 2 June 2020 presenting two exhibitions. Covering two floors of the museum, the exhibition of Joseph Alanen (1885–1920) presents a wide selection of his works on Kalevala themes, but there are also depictions of folk life, religious subjects, prints and drawings. Tampere-based artist Ilkka Väätti (b. 1955) is known as a painter, graphic artist and builder of architectons. Ilkka Väätti’s exhibition Hommage presents his latest works from 2017-2020.
This spring, upper secondary schools in the City of Tampere will be organising their spring ceremonies over virtually. Upper secondary schools will have their own virtual spring ceremonies on Saturday 30 May at 10 a.m. Each upper secondary school will inform its own students more specifically about their own spring ceremony.
The early childhood education and preschool education of the City of Tampere will continue their operations in the day care and school premises from Thursday, 14 May 2020 in accordance with the Government’s policy.
In line with government policy, basic education in Tampere will return to contact teaching from Thursday 14 May 2020. Parties organising teaching in Tampere have planned staff and other arrangements so that contact teaching can be implemented in a controlled and safe manner.
Tampere City Library units will open on 1 June. However, customers can pick up their reservations from the Main Library Metso as well as Sampola, Hervanta, Lielahti and Koilliskeskus libraries already starting from Monday 11 May.
Last autumn, the Walk of Fame Finland (Tähtikatu) was inaugurated in Tampere as a tribute to Finnish music, artists, music makers and producers. Now you have another chance to influence which names from the music industry you would like to see immortalised on the star plates on the Walk of Fame Finland. Suggestions for names to be immortalised on the star plates can be submitted online until 24 May 2020.
An animated video concerning the activities and finances of the City of Tampere in 2019 with English subtitles has been produced. The animation illustrates the most important successes of the year.
The Hervanta health centre is implementing a new operating model. Starting from Monday, 4 May 2020, the customers of the Hervanta health centre should contact their health centre directly instead of going through the health care counselling service. The health centre’s own multi-professional team responds to customers’ contacts.
The English version of the coronavirus symptom checker has been published in the Omaolo online service. If you suspect you have the coronavirus infection, you can assess your need for treatment and get advice on how to stop the virus from spreading by filling in the symptom checker form. The online service is available 24/7.
The City of Tampere’s upper secondary schools and the Tampere Vocational College Tredu will continue remote teaching until the end of the spring semester, 30 May 2020. The city’s Vitality and Competitiveness Committee decided on the matter on 22 April 2020.
The city of Tampere opened the digital service for applying corona-related support on Monday April, 20. Sole entrepreneurs can apply for support from the municipality in which their business has been registered. Applications will be accepted until 30 Sept. 2020.
Tampere will begin trialling participatory budgeting on 15 April. During the trial, residents of Tampere will innovate, plan and decide how to use EUR 450,000 to promote the well-being of children and young people. Anyone can share their suggestions, regardless of their age and place of residence, at mun.tampere.fi. Ideas will be gathered from 15 April to 15 May 2020.
The winner of the competition is the pseudonym Lakes & Roses. The jury praised its excellent overall approach to the urban and landscape architecture, and the clarity of the cityscape. The revealed author of the entry is Architecturestudio NOAN from Tampere, Finland.
The City of Tampere is currently challenging everyone to think about ways to ease the loneliness of Tampere citizens and promote a sense of community in these difficult times. The search is on for new, creative means to ward off loneliness now that ongoing coronavirus measures have limited social contact to a minimum. How best can we overcome this situation and build a sense of community and trust together?
The City of Tampere has opened a counselling line in Arabic, Persian and Russian. The residents of Tampere and Orivesi speaking Arabic, Persian and Russian can ask for advice in matter of medical care and to know how to act if you suspect having got Coronavirus infection.
From 6 April 2020 onwards, the City of Tampere’s oral health care clinics in Tampere and Orivesi will only treat patients requiring urgent and on-call dental treatment in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Non-urgent treatment is disrupted for the duration of the coronavirus situation.
The Finnish government announced on March 30th that the safety precautions to restrict the coronavirus from spreading will continue until May 13th. City of Tampere services follow the guidelines set by the government, and distance learning will continue until May 13th. The City of Tampere is prepared to continue distance learning until the end of the academic year, if the situation so requires.
The City of Tampere grants adjusted interest-free payment periods to companies and organisations to help them in financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Companies and organisations must request a payment period extension themselves.
The City of Tampere is undertaking measures to mitigate the direct consequences caused by the coronavirus for companies and organisations, particularly before those consequences lead to financial crisis. The City Board decided on the matter on 30 March 2020.
The City of Tampere used a survey to map out the impacts of the coronavirus on event activities in the region. The survey was sent to almost 400 culture and sports organisations in the Tampere region. 129 responses were received by 20 March. The aim of circulating the survey was to investigate the impacts of the precautionary measures taken due to the coronavirus on event organisers and the event production sector in the Tampere region. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, public events of more than 10 persons have been forbidden in the entire country until 13 April 2020.
In line with government policy, the social and healthcare services of the City of Tampere have shut down several services, postponed non-urgent care and focused staff resources on examining and treating patients with respiratory symptoms. In Tampere and Orivesi many services are being offered as remote appointments or phone consultations.
Due to the new nationwide measures set by the Finnish Government on 16 March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, changes will be made in the services for senior citizens.
To prevent the spread of the corona virus and in accordance of a Finnish government degree, all the libraries of Tampere are closed from March 17th until April 14th 2020. The shutdown applies to self-service libraries and mobile libraries. The following library guidelines are taken into practice on March 18th.
All Tampere indoor swimming pools, youth centres, ice stadiums, indoor sports facilities, heated artificial turf fields and the artificial ice rink on Koulukatu Street are closed until further notice. Ski tracks, trekking paths and other similar sites for spontaneous exercise are still available and maintained when possible.
On 16 March 2020, the Finnish government decided on additional measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. The aim of the measures is to protect the population and to safeguard the functioning of society and the economy. The measures will be in force until 13 April 2020.
Tredu will move to teaching and learning remotely from March 17 to April 30, 2020. The duration of distance-learning is constantly being evaluated. The situation is exceptional and requires flexibility, independent initiative and responsibility from staff and students.
In order to control the spread of the coronavirus, the comprehensive schools run by the City of Tampere will move to provide remote teaching for students in grades 7–9 and in additional education for the period 16–27 March 2020. All comprehensive schools will also offer the option of contact teaching in the student’s own school. Teaching for grades 1–6 will continue as normal in all schools. As of Monday 16 March, the upper secondary schools of the City of Tampere will switch to distance learning, at least until the end of the period 4, which is 2 April 2020.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the City of Tampere now cancels all trips abroad by schools and educational institutions until the end of May.
The application period for early childhood education and open early education clubs available in August 2020 in Tampere has started. The application period ends on 22 March 2020.
Symptoms of a coronavirus may include, for example, cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or loss of sense of smell and taste.
A Tampere version of the My2050 mobile game on climate change has been released. My2050 provides both fun entertainment and information on climate change.
The Hatanpää health centre is implementing a new operating model in which the health centre’s own multi-professional team responds to contacts. This impacts our contact channels: Starting from Monday, 2 March 2020, the customers of the Hatanpää health centre should contact their health centre directly instead of going through the health care counselling service.
Immigrant services at City of Tampere adult social work are moving to Tammela because the Sarvis social welfare office in Hatanpää will be renovated. Customer appointments are transferred to the new premises in Itsenäisyydenkatu 17 A (5th floor) as of Monday, 24 February 2020.
Tampere Hall and Tampere Region’s Capital of Culture bid 2026 are collaborating with Tallinn Music Week and proudly presenting the opening concert of TMW on March 26.
The City of Tampere has signed the Join, Boost, Sustain declaration on joining forces to promote sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU. The declaration has already been signed by 60 cities.
The City of Tampere’s investments produced an excellent return in 2019. The investment assets consist of surplus from earlier years and funds on the city’s balance sheet. At the end of the year, the value of the investments was EUR 28.9. Thanks to the good return, that value increased by EUR 4.1 million. The relative return was 18.8%.
Joseph Alanen was one of the leading illustrators of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. Covering two floors of the museum, this exhibition presents a wide selection of his works on Kalevala themes, but there are also depictions of folk life, religious subjects, prints and drawings.
Anna Alapuro (b. 1953) from Tampere is one of the best-known Finnish graphic artists. The individual exhibition opening in the basement of Tampere Art Museum presents her colour-saturated graphic art from the last few years. It consists of about 60 works, including for the first time a series of works from 2019-2020 that was inspired by a trip to India and the Himalayas, as well as works related to St. Petersburg, Paris and Tampere from the period of 2014-2018.
The common factor uniting the works in the Still Still Life exhibition, which opens on 1st February, is a conception of the still life and its essence. The exhibition presents an overview of the interpretations and forms that the still life has received in modern and contemporary art.
The City of Tampere will extend the provision of free contraception to a new age group in Tampere and Orivesi at the beginning of 2020.
Enrolment for children starting preschool next autumn has begun in Tampere. The enrolment for preschool and supplementary activities on the City of Tampere website must be completed by 21 January 2020.
The application period for morning and afternoon activities and for Eppu club activities for the next school year 2020–2021 in Tampere has begun. This application period concerns children currently participating in preschool education who will start school in August 2020. Furthermore, this application period concerns first grade pupils who will start second grade in August 2020. Applications must be submitted by 21 January 2020.
Christmas and New Year cause changes to the opening hours of the City of Tampere health services, libraries, museums, swimming pools, as well as offices and customer service points. In addition to these, there are some exceptions in the public transport timetables.
Equality and gender equality are taking centre stage in Tampere. The City of Tampere has announced its desire to be the capital of equality, and the city is implementing a number of measures to achieve this end under the Tampere. Equally yours theme. Equality has also been chosen as the leading theme in the city’s application for the European Capital of Culture. On Monday 2 December 2019, Tampere hosted an event in which the Finnish Government presented its International Gender Equality Prize (IGEP). Gender equality will also be the topic of the seminar Hän – Equality, culture and women to be held on 3 December.
The Government of Finland awarded the International Gender Equality Prize. The prize, which was awarded for the second time, was presented to Equality Now, a global non-profit organisation, which has succeeded in changing discriminatory laws and ossified practices in different countries
The International Gender Equality Prize (IGEP) will be awarded by the Government of Finland on 2 December at Tampere Hall. The prize, which was awarded for the first time in 2017, is a recognition of internationally significant work to promote gender equality. German Chancellor Angela Merkel received the prize in 2017. She directed the prize money to a Nigerien organisation that defends victims of domestic violence. The IGEP ceremony is organized by the Government of Finland, the City of Tampere and Tampere Hall. Watch the 2019 prize ceremony live stream on Yle Areena from 14.55.
Waltteri Torikka and Diandra are the stars of the Finnish Independence Day Celebration festivities in Tampere. The celebration takes place at the Frenckell square Friday 6 December from 5 pm to 5.30 pm.
The City of Tampere will implement a number of actions that promote equality under the “Tampere. Equally yours” theme. The first actions to be published promote the equality of children and young people, as well as the equality of event activities. Equality has also been chosen as the leading theme in the City’s application for the European Capital of Culture.
The National Parade on the Finnish Independence Day will contribute to changes affecting traffic control, parking and public transportation in Tampere from 5 to 6 December 2019. The majority of the equipment will arrive in Tampere on 5 December, whereas on 6 December the return transfers back to home garrisons may cause traffic congestion in Tampere and its vicinity.
What can cities, municipalities and people working in the cultural sector do to improve equality? 3rd of December we are trying to answer that question in an international seminar titled Hän - Equality, culture and women.
Most of the Tramway Alliance’s track work, as well as street and civil engineering work, will be completed by the end of this year. The track has been built even faster than planned, and track work is ahead of schedule. Three quarters of the whole project is now completed and the project is progressing on schedule and on budget.
The second phase of the Viinikanlahti International urban ideas competition in Tampere started on 14 November 2019. Of the total of 57 competition entries submitted in the second phase, the jury selected six for the second phase. The pseudonyms of these entries are “Divercity”, “Lakes&Roses”, “SoBa”, “Pärske”, “Greenikka” and “Natural Alliance”. The jury will publish the winner and other prize-winning competition entries in April 2020.
This year’s national independence day 6.12. parade will be organised in Tampere. The review of troops will take place at Tampere Stadium in Ratina and the pass-in-review on Tampereen valtatie. The venue will also include familiarisation with a versatile equipment display of the Finnish Defence Forces in Ratinanniemi.
The Tampere Jazz Happening begins on Thursday, 31st October. The opening concert of the festival is free of charge for the audiences and includes performances by three exquisite French ensembles: Melusine, Three Days of Forest, and House of Echo.
Vaccinations against influenza will start at health centres in Tampere and Orivesi on Monday 4 November 2019. Vaccinations will also start at child welfare clinics in November as soon as the vaccines have arrived.
It marks 20 years since the European Council held a special meeting on 15 and 16 October 1999 in Tampere. In retrospect, the view of the experts has been that the summit of Tampere was one of the most important ones in European history. Under the leadership of Paavo Lipponen, who served as Prime Minister during Finland’s Presidency in 1999, the summit of Tampere aimed for the construction of a common space of freedom, security and justice for the European Union.
Tampere Festival of Light illuminates the streets of the Tampere city centre once again during the darkest season. This year, the Festival of Light was opened earlier than usual, on 5 October, to celebrate the City of Tampere’s 240th anniversary. The Festival of Light continues until 8 March 2020. Tampere Festival of Light is celebrated for the 54th time this year.
A total of 57 proposals were submitted by the set time limit to the Viinikanlahti international urban ideas competition in Tampere, launched in May 2019. The jury will select a maximum of six competition entries to the next phase. All designs equipped with a pseudonym can be viewed on the competition website. The winner of the entire competition will be announced in April 2020.
Finland’s first international walk of fame for music has been inaugurated in Tampere. In the first phase, eleven star plates were embedded in the walk of fame street route, located on Åkerlundinkatu in the Tulli region of Tampere. Seven of the star plates honour Finland’s biggest national and international artists and professionals in the music industry. The public’s suggestions for the names to be immortalised on Finland’s Walk of Fame were collected last spring.
The freedom of choice pilot in health centre services in Tampere has ended on 30th September. The customers have been transferred back to a city health centre or an outsourced health centre starting from 1 October 2019.
On PIKI day, 23 September, libraries in the Pirkanmaa region introduced two new services: the PIKI mobile library application and OverDrive, which includes foreign language e-books and e-audiobooks.
Tampere, established on 1 October 1779, celebrates its 240th birthday this year. In honour of the festive year and the European Capital of Culture bid, culture is the birthday celebration’s theme. The festive week’s programme includes a variety of cultural events, including arts, music, dance, theatre, exercise and communality. During the festivities, the City of Tampere is bursting with more than one hundred fantastic events and activities. As a birthday present to citizens, Tampere is offering a unique public art entity along the shore route by Tammerkoski Rapids.
City of Tampere is looking for entrepreneurs to join the business mentoring programme.
The large-scale retrospective exhibition of Finnish artist Juhani Harri (1939–2003) includes over 100 works from 1960 until 2002.
The freedom of choice pilot in oral health care ends in Pirkanmaa in September. Customers participating in the pilot can use the services of the provider of their choice, such as have a dental check-up, until 15 September 2019. After that, they will automatically be transferred back to the oral health care services of their town of residence. Transferring does not require any action from customers.
The City of Tampere has established a new low-threshold service for 16–25-year-olds living in Tampere and Orivesi who have drug-related problems. The youth drug clinic Nuppo in Sarvis, Hatanpää, also helps the families and friends of young people.
The Tampere Region has the largest security competence cluster in Finland. Security is also an increasingly crucial competitive factor in international event hosting applications, for example. The funding facilitates the creation of pioneering solutions for improving the daily security of residents and visitors.