The first extensive exhibition of Robert Longo’s works in the Nordic countries
The solo exhibition of the American artist Robert Longo (b. 1953) in the Sara Hildén Art Museum is the first extensive presentation of his works in the Nordic countries.
The solo exhibition of the American artist Robert Longo (b. 1953) in the Sara Hildén Art Museum is the first extensive presentation of his works in the Nordic countries.
Tampere Jazz Happening, the festival that earlier this year won the prestigious EJN Award for Adventurous Programming, will be organized for the 36th time, taking place between 2nd and 5th November, 2017. The festival features some of the most innovative musicians in modern jazz, both from Finland and from abroad. The festival includes ten concert events that bring to the stages of Klubi, Pakkahuone, and Telakka altogether 25 ensembles and orchestras.
Ten cities using the most innovative ideas to improve quality of life and to involve citizens in community life have reached the final stage of the European Capital of Innovation Award 2017. The City of Tampere has made it to this final stage. The other finalists are Aarhus, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Tallinn, Tel Aviv and Toulouse. 32 cities applied to the competition. The winners will be announced on 7 November.
The three-year renovation and expansion of Finnish International School of Tampere (FISTA) is ready. The renovated facilities of the school, located on Satakunnankatu in Amuri, will be in use when the school year starts on 10 August 2017.
Approximately 2,100 first grade students will begin their primary education in Tampere this autumn, when the comprehensive schools of Tampere begin their school years on Thursday 10 August 2017.
Construction of the tramway at Tuulensuu on Hämeenkatu will move to the next phase, which will introduce new changes to traffic arrangements. Westward car traffic at Tuulensuu will be discontinued on 3 August from 9 a.m. onwards.
A regional pilot project for labour force and business services begins in Pirkanmaa on 1 August 2017. The municipalities will become responsible for services for the unemployed in Tampere, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Punkalaidun, Sastamala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi. The change will affect about 22,000 unemployed job-seekers. From the start of August, services to unemployed job-seekers who are eligible for the labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowance will be provided by the municipality instead of by the Employment and Economic Development Office.
Working together is one of the hallmarks of a smart city. Tampere is introducing new ways to involve residents, businesses, universities and other communities in joint development and experimentation. Hackathons, for example, fit well with the new operating culture.
Looking for a Finnish language course? Come and get more information about language courses starting this autumn in Tampere. Info session takes place on Wednesday 16.8.2017 at 4 pm to 6 pm at Tampereen seudun työväenopisto Sampola (entrance hall, Sammonkatu 2).
The Humane and attractive Tampere programme created by Mayor Lauri Lyly for 2017–2021 was presented in the City Council’s meeting on 19 June 2017. The first priority of the Mayor’s programme is to promote work and entrepreneurship in Tampere. According to the programme, they create the foundation for well-being and vitality in Tampere.
Renovations for Tampere Hall are complete and the world’s only Moomin Museum opens. Welcome to the get-together 17.-18.6. Tampere Hall and Sorsapuisto are filled with festivities the entire weekend. All festivities at the event are free, admission fee to the Moomin Museum is 12 € for adults, 6 € for children aged 3-17. Moomin Museum is open until midnight on Saturday.
The Tampere City Council organised its first meeting on Monday, 12 June 2017. In the meeting, all appointments to key positions of political decision-making were made.
When are the health centres open during the summer? How do the buses operate? Are the indoor swimming pools open? What should we do? The summer season brings changes to the opening hours of the city’s services. The Summer Memo is a compilation of the opening hours of services and tips on what to do in Tampere during the summer.
Traffic in and around central Tampere will be affected by several major concurrent urban development and traffic projects over the coming years. In addition to the tramway construction project, they include the construction of Ranta-Tampella and the Rasti block as well as the Ratina shopping centre.
The construction of the Tampere tramway on Hämeenkatu will begin on Monday, 5 June 2017. The Tramway Alliance will build the first section of the tramway on Hämeenkatu between Hämeenpuisto and Näsilinnankatu. Traffic arrangements have been implemented in the area before the start of the work, partly during the nighttime. Pedestrians are guided around the construction sites by signposts.
You can meet representatives of Service Union United (PAM ry) on Thursday 1.6.2017 and on Tuesday 6.6.2017 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Migration Info Centre Offices (Tuomiokirkonkatu 12).
The Summer Park Concert Series will once again bring life to the parks and yards of Tampere with music and dance performances. Groups of local artists will perform rock, country, choral music and much more from late May until August around the city. The programme for the park concert series has now been published on the new website, which presents all 150 performers to the public. Website users can also create a customised event calendar for the summer. The first concert takes place at Näsinpuisto on Tuesday 30 May.
Now is a good moment to check that you have renewed your prescriptions for the summer and that you have all vaccinations and medical certificates needed for your travels before health centres’ summer closure in July. The easiest way to renew a prescription is through the omakanta.fi service.
Do you feel safe when you walk around your neighbourhood at night? What are your greatest concerns relating to your neighbourhood? Have you witnessed a crime or accident in your neighbourhood? Fill in the safety survey by 11 June 2017.
The City of Tampere’s aim of enabling participation of the people of the region in decision-making is exemplified by the drafting of a new urban strategy, as well as by a recent clarification of the story of Tampere. Views on the future direction of Tampere will be collected with the aid of the newly opened tampereenkasvot.fi survey website and the Tampere Raati mobile application.
The summer season has started at Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing. The rare wooden city block presents workers’ homes in Tampere from the 1880s to the 1970s and tells the stories of their imaginary residents. The museum’s summer is also full of exciting events, from guided tours to outdoor concerts.
Tramway Alliance will build the first section of the tramway on Hämeenkatu and its western end, between Hämeenpuisto and Näsilinnankatu The construction work will begin on 5 June and is estimated to last until the end of the year. Before the construction begins, special traffic arrangements will be made in Tuulensuu. Some trees will also be cut down.
Come and find out about all the nice things you can do for free during summer in Tampere! The infosession takes place on Thursday 1.6.2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Main Library Metso (Kuusi-hall), the address is Pirkankatu 2.
The new Tampere City Council will begin its term of office on 1 June 2017. The first meeting of the new City Council will convene on 12 June 2017 and elect, from among its members, the Chairs of the City Council, the Mayor, three Deputy Mayors and members of the City Board. In the same meeting, committee members will be appointed, apart from the Committee for Regional Public Transport, the members of which will not be elected until 19 June 2017. Furthermore, the Council will appoint the members of the Review Committee and the Central Election Committee.
The application period for morning and afternoon activities during the next school year in Tampere has begun.
The international open design competition of Tampere Art Museum and Pyynikintori closed on 27 March 2017. A total of 147 entries were submitted to the competition, most of these from outside Finland.
The Tramway Alliance will begin the construction of the tramway and related preparatory traffic arrangements in Hervanta in the week beginning 10 April 2017. The construction work will begin at the Insinöörinkatu and Kanjoninkatu intersection as well as the Hermiankatu and Hervannan valtaväylä intersection.
The Tramway Alliance is making preparations for the construction of the tramway. The construction work will start at Sammonaukio and on Itsenäisyydenkatu and Sammonkatu on 3 April. The new traffic arrangements will affect private cars, cyclists, pedestrians and buses in these areas.
The construction of the first section of the tramway – from Hervanta to the city centre and TAYS – will start on several sites in Tampere in March. The construction work will take place in phases, each phase comprising one of the five sites or blocks: City centre, Kaleva, Hervannan valtaväylä, Hervanta and the Hervanta depot. The first phase in 2017 will cover Pirkankatu, the western section of Hämeenkatu, Itsenäisyydenkatu, Sammonaukio, Tekunkatu, Sammonkatu, the northern section of Hervannan valtaväylä, and the northern and southern sections of Insinöörinkatu.
Main library Metso’s main floor will be closed from May Day to early July because of renovation work. Children and youth’s department will be closed almost in its entirety starting from Easter.
The Tampere Art Museum will open the world’s first and only Moomin Museum in Tampere Hall on 17 June 2017. The new museum will explore the world of the Moomin books created by author and artist Tove Jansson (1914–2001) in a completely new, experience-based way. Tove Jansson’s original illustration drawings and paintings provide the basis for the museum, together with three-dimensional Moomin dioramas that Jansson created together with her life partner, graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009).
The City of Tampere acted according to the effective legislation and the guidance of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland in the case regarding the private ABC Päiväkoti day care in 2011 when the city was notified of a conviction of the private entrepreneur, states the City of Tampere’s internal audit report. However, the city failed in controlling the day care’s operations.
Experts from the Finnish Tax Administration will be sharing information about taxes, tax returns and back taxes. The session takes place on Tuesday 25.4.2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Main Library Metso (basement floor, Kuusi-hall) the address is Pirkankatu 2.
All the maternity health clinics and the ultrasound test unit of the City of Tampere will switch to electronic maternity cards for prenatal care over the course of the spring. New customers at maternity health clinics will receive an electronic maternity card starting this March.
Open doors at Migration Info Centre (Tuomiokirkonkatu 12) takes place on Friday 24.3.2017 at 11 am to 3 pm.
The City of Tampere is included in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s key project that aims to create services that are based on customer needs through a pilot project on freedom of choice. In Tampere, the pilot will cover health centre services and social guidance.
To support discussion on equality and to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, the Finnish Government will establish an international prize for gender equality. The launch of the prize was made by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at the equality festival at Tampere Hall in Tampere, Finland, on International Women's Day March 8th.
The application period for children's day care and early education clubs for August 2017 has started in Tampere. The application period ends on 19 March 2017.
From 8 to 12.03.2017, for the 47th time, Tampere Film Festival is here! This year the festival focuses on Indigenous Peoples and Colombia along with Arabic countries and Iceland. If that's not enough, travel around the world in the International competition screenings.
The Committee for City Planning and Infrastructure Services approved the proposal for the new local master plan in Tampere for presentation to the public on 7 February 2017. The local master plan was previously presented to the public as a draft, and it has been amended on the basis of opinions and statements. The major change regarding the presentation of the plan is that there are now four maps instead of seven. The local master plan charts the principles of urban growth at Tampere and covers the inner city. In other words, Teisko is not included in the plan.
Come and listen about municipality social services and basic social assistance procedures from Kela on Wednesday 22.2.2017 from 2 pm. to 4 pm.
Private day care services in English are still available at Pyynikintori. The English School of Tampere became the new provider of day care services in English at the Pyynikintori facility on 30 January 2017, immediately after the previous provider, ABC Daycare Tampere, stopped its operations.
The renovation and extension of Hatanpää Hospital in Tampere are now complete. The project involved renewing the main entrance and lobby of the main hospital, as well as the special outpatient clinic, surgical ward and recovery room. New operating rooms and gastroenterology viewing rooms for the special outpatient clinic were also built in the extension.
“Let’s play together”, the theme of 2017’s month-long Lasten Pirkkaset children’s cultural festival invites participants to play, imagine and spend quality time together. Lasten Pirkkaset is the Pirkanmaa region’s joint children’s cultural festival that takes place each February. The programme comprises events of all sizes, aimed at children aged 0–12 and their families, including performances, themed family days, workshops, courses and exhibitions.
The City of Tampere’s Committee for Child and Youth Services has ruled that, under Chapter 29 of the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, the privately run ABC Daycare Tampere facility will be prohibited from offering childcare services. The decision will be enforced from Monday 30 January 2017.
Joint application for vocational schools and upper secondary education is organized from February 21 to March 14, 2017. Come to listen and ask about educational options after comprehensive school and how to apply for them.
The winning proposals of the international idea competition of Hiedanranta in Tampere are Hiedanrannan Innovaatiolahti and Reflecting TRE. The jury decided to award two second prizes for proposals that best fulfilled the goals set for the competition.
Under Chapter 29 of the Early Childhood Education and Care Act, the City of Tampere is to submit a proposal for consideration by the city’s Child and Youth Services Committee that will prohibit the provision of childcare services at the privately run ABC Daycare Tampere facility (ABC-Päiväkoti) from Monday 30 January 2017. The City of Tampere has worked closely with the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland on this matter.
Enrolment for children starting primary education next autumn has begun in Tampere. The enrolment must be completed by 23 January 2017. Compulsory education begins for children born in 2010.
Enrolment for children starting preschool next autumn has begun in Tampere. The enrolment must be completed by 23 January 2017.
Tampere City Library stopped collecting reservation fees on items housed in its own collections at the start of the year.
According to the results of the annual survey by the City of Tampere Social and Primary Health Care Services, customer satisfaction is high among social and health services customers. The area that was criticised the most was long waiting times.
The Finnish digital gaming culture finally gets its own museum when The Finnish Museum of Games opens at Museum Centre Vapriikki on 5 January 2017. This is the first museum of gaming in Finland, and one of the first ones in the world, and gives the many decades of Finnish gaming history the surroundings it deserves.
The alteration work for converting the old library building into a cultural centre will begin in January. The existing conference and gallery facilities were closed on 18 December 2016 and remain out of use during the renovation work until spring 2018, at which point the building will be opened as a new type of cultural centre.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the health centres in the city of Tampere will only treat patients in need of urgent care. Of the city health centres, those of Atala, Kämmenniemi and Tesoma will be closed between 24 December 2016 and 8 January 2017. Omapihlaja Kehräsaari is closed from 24 December until 30 December 2016.
Sara Hildén Art Museum presents three artists in 2017: Jarmo Mäkilä, Kimmo Kaivanto and Robert Longo. All three artists have dealt with social issues in their artistic production.
The Tampere Christmas Market will once again be open for visitors until 22 December; Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 7 pm. At the Market you can find unique crafts for Santa’s sack as well as Christmas treats. The event is held for the eighth time this year.
The year 2017 will be a celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence. The centenary will be celebrated throughout the country, with many special events to be held in Tampere as well. The centenary will be seen and felt in Tampere’s events and cityscape throughout the year.
The tasks of granting and paying basic income support will be transferred to Kela from the municipalities as of 1 January 2017. Written income support applications can be submitted to the City of Tampere until the end of 2016. Electronic applications can be submitted to the City of Tampere until 11 December 2016.
Are you looking for a Finnish course that suits you? We will be sharing information about the Finnish courses that start in Tampere, that begin in spring.
Construction work is currently in progress in the Ranta-Tampella residential area and the northern part of the Naistenlahti interchange, following the opening of the Rantaväylä tunnel. Due to the work, the Paasikivenkatu-Kekkosenkatu street is blocked between Näsijärvenkatu and Naistenlahti. There is also a block on Tampella Esplanade, near the railway bridge. We recommend using the tunnel when driving from Tampella or the western city centre, particularly during rush hours.
The onset of winter will again be accompanied by the maintenance of thoroughfares by the city and building maintenance companies. The city will be responsible for winter maintenance of roadways, pavements and cycle paths. Proprietors—in practice, building maintenance companies and the occupants of low-rise dwellings—are responsible for the winter maintenance of the driveways to their plots and the pavements adjacent to them. The winter maintenance of streets entails the removal of snow and ice and gritting.
Tampere to receive a tramway On Monday 7 November 2016, the City Council decided to implement the first phase of the tramway infrastructure - the Hervanta depot and the Hervanta – City Centre – Tays section - as planned. The target schedule for the second phase was also approved. The tramway system will be implemented through a limited liability company. The council voted on the matter, and the construction of the tramway was passed by 41 votes to 25 (1 no vote).
The Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley is moving to new premises in Tampere Hall, and it will re-open as the world’s first Moomin Museum in 2017. The new Moomin Museum will open right before the holiday season, on 17 June 2017, welcoming visitors to the fascinating world of the Moomins created by Tove Jansson.
The City of Tampere wants to promote affinity and equality among its residents by encouraging immigrants to use their right to vote in next spring’s municipal elections.
The first plans for the new Moomin Museum were made almost two years ago. Now, Tampere Hall is offering a glimpse behind the scenes in the Making of Moomin Museum exhibition, which has now opened in the Winter Garden. The first moving crates for the new Moomin Museum have arrived at the Winter Garden, and they tell stories of the making of the museum and offer glimpses into its future. The Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley closed its doors on Puutarhakatu on 30th October 2016.
The 35th annual Tampere Jazz Happening begins this Thursday, the 3rd of November. The opening concert of the festival is free for all audiences and features performances by the Swedish ensembles Naoko Sakata Trio, Susanna Risberg Trio, and Nuaia.
There are three different courses for migrants about how to utilize internet: one course is about digital and internet services in Finland and two others are about learning Finnish and jobhunting online.
The City of Tampere will once again organise a broad customer feedback survey for users of social and health services. The survey is available online at www.tampere.fi/en/city-of-tampere/organisation/welfareservices.html. It can be completed in Finnish or in English. The survey will be open from 24 October to 6 November 2016.
The City of Tampere and eight other municipalities of the region participate in the Green Digital Charter related to the Eurocities climate declaration. To promote the goals of the charter, the Tampere Central Region is committed to carrying out five ICT pilot projects among the themes of the charter in five years’ time. The aim of these and other development actions is to reduce the carbon print caused by ICT by 30 percent in the next ten years.
Smart Tampere program builds Tampere into internationally known, attractive, smart city where companies and citizens are involved in developing the city. The aim is to develop the cooperation of different parties in order to enable economic growth and the daily lives of the citizens by developing digital solutions.
39 entries were submitted for the international idea competition for the new district to be built at Hiedanranta, Tampere. A verbal description and conceptual drawings for each entry are available on the city’s website. We now hope that everybody interested in the competition will take a look at the proposals submitted and tell us their opinion using the online form by 1 November 2016.
Influenza vaccinations will begin at the health centres of the City of Tampere on Monday 17 October 2016. The school and student health services will start vaccinating pupils and students included in risk groups as soon as the vaccinations arrive.
The new periodicals and newspaper reading room will open on the first floor of the main library Metso on Friday 14 October at 10 a.m. The new reading room will contain all the newspapers and periodicals that are currently available in the old reading room, the Olotila room and the music department.
The City of Tampere granted this year’s Tampere Award to Mikko Kuitunen, Founder and CEO or Vincit Group Oyj, and Miika Mäkitalo, CEO of M-Files Corporation, as recognition of their contribution to the economy of Tampere. Both of the winners have had a major, positive impact on employment in Tampere. The companies they lead are crucial for the new, smart Tampere, in terms of their sector as well as corporate culture.
Transtech Oy has won the competitive tendering for the rolling stock acquisition of the Tampere tram line. This was decided by the Tampere City Board on 3 October 2016 in connection with other matters related to the tram line project.
The City Board of Tampere decided on 3 October 2016 to propose to the City Council the construction of the first part infrastructure of the tram line, including the track and the depot. According to the decision, the city will implement the first part of the tram line Hervanta–centre–TAYS according to the implementation plan. The second part from the centre to Lentävänniemi will be planned in more detail, and the corresponding decisions and construction will take place later. The City Board voted on the matter with seven (7) City Board members in favour of the proposed decision, two (2) against, one (1) voting slip was blank and one (1) member was absent.
Info session for migrants working in Finland takes place on Tuesday 25.10.2016 at 5pm to 7pm at TalentSpace Finlayson Area (Satakunnankatu 18). The session deals with themes from work contracts to taxes.
Tampere will celebrate its 237th birthday with various events on Friday 30 September, Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October. During the Tampere Day ("Tampereen päivä") weekend, the City of Tampere and various communities, associations and clubs will exhibit their activities all around the city.
The 35th annual Tampere Jazz Happening will take place from November 3rd to 6th, 2016, when audiences will be treated to concerts by some of the most innovative musicians in modern jazz. Altogether 24 ensembles – 8 of which are Finnish – will play on the stages during the festival.
You are warmly invited to attend an info session dedicated to parents and families who have two or more languages. The session takes place on Wednesday 21.9.2016 at 6pm - 7.30pm at Monitoimitalo 13 (Satakunnankatu 13).
The City of Tampere will arrange an internal "Sustainable Ageing in Future Europe – SAFE" project invitation seminar on 15–16 September 2016. The focus of the project is on developing future home care and living at home. The special theme of the event to be arranged in Tampere is the customer guidance of senior citizens. There will be seminar participants from Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands.
The City of Tampere is urgently arranging places for more than 60 children in its day care centres located in the city centre area. The children are moving to day care organised by the City from a private day care centre as the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland decided to order the operations of the private day care centre to be suspended starting from Monday, 5 September 2016.
Tampere’s Koilliskeskus, located next to the Prisma in Linnainmaa, has been completed. Starting Monday, 12 September 2016, Koilliskeskus will provide library services and youth services, maternity and child health clinic services, home services for families with children and increasingly diverse advisory services. During the autumn, the centre will furthermore begin providing what are referred to as mobile services. These include housing advice for young people and advice on social services for adults.
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.
The draft local master plan of Tampere for 2040 is on public display. Citizens may comments on the plan until the end of September. The seven maps illustrate the city’s potential growth areas and they show consideration for the existing environment.
Come and get more information about Finnish language courses starting this autumn in Tampere. Infosession at Sampola (Sammonkatu 2, Tampere Adult Education Centre) on August 16th, 2016 at 4-6 p.m.
Reima Nevalainen (born 1984 in Espoo, Finland) is the 32nd recipient of the Young Artist of the Year award. His award exhibition is presented in Tampere Art Museum until 11th September 2016. Nevalainen's work is based on drawing and painting with a limited colour scale. Along with paintings, the exhibition features drawings and photographs from his stay in Japan.
Beaches and piers, events and festivals, markets and parks. The Summer Memo is a compilation of summer opening hours of services as well as tips and other useful information for residents and tourists alike.
Recent news about the Nokia and Microsoft layoffs are good news for those in need of experienced and international ICT professionals. The City of Tampere, Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea and Invest in Finland (Finpro) address this unique opportunity with #Tampere4ICT campaign to attract foreign investments.