Anj Smith at the Sara Hildén Art Museum
The exhibition opening on the top floor of the Sara Hildén Art Museum on September 22 is the first solo show in Finland by the painter Anj Smith (b. 1978), who lives and works in London.
The exhibition opening on the top floor of the Sara Hildén Art Museum on September 22 is the first solo show in Finland by the painter Anj Smith (b. 1978), who lives and works in London.
The 37th annual Tampere Jazz Happening festival will be organized between 1st and 4th November, 2018. Altogether 25 ensembles and orchestras will perform during this year’s festival in 10 concert events.
The Smart Tampere programme by the City of Tampere will be reformed after 20 months of running. It will focus more on sustainability and even more effort is put into business co-operation. In the future, the programme will consist of three parts: digitalisation programme that aims for digitalising the city services, ecosystem programme that aims to create new business models, and the new part, sustainable Tampere programme that aims to make the city carbon neutral.
Womex World Music Expo 2019 will take place in Tampere. The 25th edition of the most important conference and showcase festival for global music will be held 23-27 October, 2019.
The Deck and Arena project’s Visit Center will open in the old locomotive depot next to the Hotel Torni.
The City of Tampere is testing mobile interpretation, that is, a video-based interpreting service available through smartphones, at the Hervanta and Tesoma health centres as well as at the Kisapuisto, Helapuisto, Pääskynen, Pelipuisto, Pallopuisto and Maijalanpuisto day care centres.
Tampere welcomes 2,000 first graders this autumn. The school year will begin at Tampere’s comprehensive schools on Thursday, 9 August 2018.
The long wait is over and the Tampere outdoor swimming pool was opened on Wednesday, 1 August. On the morning of the opening day, Deputy Mayor Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki cut the ribbon and announced the pool as officially open to the public.
Drink Tap Water, this is what the championships organisers requested in Tampere. Young athletes responded to their request and have been frequently filling their bottles from water taps.
Black signs and information displays guide pedestrians from the Tampere railway station and Central Square to the Ratina Stadium. New signs are part of pedestrian guidance concept created for the Tampere city centre. The aim is to increase walking and biking by developing guidance in different ways. The first signage will appear on the streets for the IAAF World U20 Championships and the guidance will continue during the construction of the Tramway.
The Tampere Events App will be launched at the IAAF World U20 Championships. The app offers its users plenty of information about the event, routes and services. In the future, the app is hopefully used widely in all kinds of events in Tampere.
The official opening ceremony of the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 will take place at the Olympic Square in Ratina on Monday, 9 July 2018 at 18.30. The event is free and open to the public. The championships will be opened spectacularly when flag bearers carry 158 flags of the participating countries to the plaza.
The IAAF World U20 Championships, organised in Tampere, Finland in July 2018, will serve local tap water for drinking. Tampere Water turns 120 years old this year and offers each IAAF World U20 participant an empty water bottle that they can fill directly from the tap during the games. To reduce plastic waste, the athletes use the same bottle throughout the games and fill it at the Tampere Water water taps that can be found at the competition and workout locations.
The health centre service provider for the regions of the city centre and Hervanta of the City of Tampere will change as of 1 August 2018. The new service provider will be Mehiläinen Terveyspalvelut Oy. The change will be visible to customers, for instance, in a change of location: as of August, the new location for the city centre is the Finlayson area and the Duo shopping centre for Hervanta. In spring, the city put the services out to tender. The services were previously provided by Pihlajalinna.
In July, Tampere becomes the venue of an exceptionally international event when athletes from 174 different countries come together to participate in the IAAF World U20 Championships. When measured by the number of participating countries, the championships in Tampere are even more international than the Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang in February earlier this year.
Tampere and Mänttä Vilppula together apply to become the European Capital of Culture 2026, which is the next time a Finnish city can become a Capital of Culture. With the help of the initiative, the cities want to become even more charismatic cities of experiences. Tampere is the main applicant city, Mänttä-Vilppula the main partner in cooperation.
The Enlighten Tampere innovation challenge culminated in the beginning of June when the teams presented and pitched their solutions for judges at demo fairs in Kampusareena. The teams had worked intensively for the last one and a half days, and had also planned their solutions earlier on their own, after a kickoff event. Now was the time to announce the results; which of the teams would be selected to pilot their ideas together with the City?
Even though the summer is quietening down the city streets and changing the opening hours of services, Tampere will provide a multitude of services to its residents in the summer months as well. Using the summer calendar, you can check which social and health services centres will be open and look up the opening hours of libraries and indoor swimming pools. Tampere in summer is full of festivals and other events where you can make the greatest memories to look back on in the wintertime.
The City of Tampere’s recently completed artificial intelligence pilot will help to predict pupils’ need for special support in the future. The objective is to use automatic analysis of teachers’ notes and pupil information to better allocate school support resources.
Tampere will host the IAAF World U20 Championships on 10-15 July 2018. It will be the first time a Scandinavian city has hosted a global age-group athletics championships and it looks set to be one of the biggest yet. World U20 Championships gathers over 170 nationalities to Tampere Stadium.
Just like last summer, this year you can follow up-to-date information on swimming water temperatures in Tampere from the mSwim service from 4 June to 17 August 2018. This map-based service also offers information on the blue-green algae situation on beaches. You can find the temperature and blue-green algae situation service from www.tampere.fi/en/beaches
The exhibition Monkey and Waterfall – Pictures of Our Climate, dives into nature, the fountainhead of life.
A 120-centimetre humanoid robot called Pepper served customers at the Frenckell Service Point of the City of Tampere on two days. Pepper’s role was to guide customers to the right service point. Frenckell currently houses customer service points for public transportation, urban environment and infrastructure services and Kotitori (Home marketplace).
Six city health centres will serve the people of Tampere throughout the summer: Hatanpää, Hervanta, Linnainmaa, Tammelakeskus, Tipotie, and Oma lääkärisi Tesoma. Also the Orivesi health centre will be open all summer.
Summer in Tampere is once again full of music and dance - the Park Concerts organised by Cultural Affairs spread around the city. The concerts continue throughout the summer, including nearly 200 free concerts and dance performances around Tampere. The artists of the Park Concerts are all local and, as usual, there is a wide range of events available. The musical selection ranges from classical to punk, and the dance performances include wheelchair dancing as well as Bollywood moves.
Employment services at the City of Tampere will give a three-month WordDive license to 150 immigrants to support their learning of the Finnish language.
The renovation of the old library has been completed on schedule. The decoration and moving work have been completed, and the building will reopen as the renewed Culture House Laikku on Saturday, 28 April with a large opening ceremony carnival. In the event, Laikku will demonstrate its versatility and take charge of the cultural centre, the surrounding park and the recently renovated Laikunlava from 10 am to 6 pm with its colourful programme.
Starting 2 May 2018, Migration Info Centre Mainio will provide service at the premises of Cultural House Laikku (the Old Library House) at Tampere Central Square, Keskustori 4 (3rd floor). Due to the relocation, Mainio will be closed on 23–30 April. The phone service will also be closed.
The removal of street grit from the main bicycle routes and some main streets has begun in Tampere. The removal has started a couple of weeks behind schedule this spring. Night frost and dry weather continue to slow down the removal. Due to sunny and dry weather, the main streets have been treated with salt brine to reduce airborne dust.
The application period for morning and afternoon activities and for Eppu club activities for the next school year 2018–2019 in Tampere has begun. The application period is 9–22 April 2018. Families will be notified if their child has been granted a place by 13 June 2018.
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Tesoma Wellbeing Centre in Tampere will be the new place for encounters for the residents of Tesoma. The centre houses city services from a library to a health centre, all under one roof. The new wellbeing centre and its services will open in connection with the Wester business centre (Tesomankatu 4 A) on Monday, 9 April 2018.
The construction of part 1 of the Tampere tramway (city centre–Hervanta–Tampere University Hospital) is progressing according to plan and the current year will be the busiest in the project when it comes to construction work. This year’s target for building new two-track line is five kilometres, i.e. a total of 20 kilometres of new track, for the streets of Tampere. Most of the tramline stops as well as the largest tramway bridges near Hervannan valtaväylä will also be constructed this year. Work continues at both ends of Hämeenkatu. The construction of the buildings for the depot area in Hervanta will start in the autumn.
The City of Tampere will be piloting talking robots in practising maths as well as English and German in preschools and in the first and second grades. The city is acquiring four robots: three little maths robots resembling owls and a small human-like humanoid robot for practising languages. The maths robots will be located in the Sorila school building, Vehmainen preschool and Pohjois-Hervanta School. Elias the robot teaching languages will be located in Tammela School.
The new building for the Tesoma day-care centre and school has been completed. Pupils and staff will relocate to the new school building on the Tesoma school plot in early March.
The award ceremony for the prize introduced by the Finnish Government was held in Tampere on 6 March. The main theme of the event was violence against women and girls. Chancellor Merkel, who was named the recipient of the award in December, will grant the EUR 150,000 prize to a Niger civil society organisation advocating the rights of women and girls. The organisation is planning to use the money to establish a residential shelter.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is the first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize introduced by the Finnish Government and will be honoured in an award ceremony in Tampere Hall in Tampere on 6 March 2018. The cause, which was chosen by Federal Chancellor Merkel to receive a prize of EUR 150,000, will be announced during the event. It is a privilege for Finland and Tampere to present the very first International Gender Equality Prize. Finland has a significant special characteristic that makes it a world leader in gender equality: It was the first country to grant women full political rights in 1906. Tampere played a significant role in the realisation of women’s suffrage. As early as in 1905, a total of 40,000 people gathered in the central square of the City of Tampere to demand general suffrage and it was granted the following year.
The application period for early childhood education places and open early education clubs available in August 2018 in Tampere will start on 5 March 2018. The application period ends on 18 March 2018.
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize introduced by the Finnish Government, is to be honoured at an award ceremony on 6 March in Tampere. An international expert panel on violence against women will be held in connection with the event, and the whole event will be webcast live.
This year Tampere Film Festival is in 7th –11th March and the main focus is on the International and National Competitions. The National Competition includes 37 films, the International 61 films.
A demonstration target Limited liability housing company Pohjolankatu 18-20 took part in Finnish national Local energy solution -competition in 2017 held by Lähienergialiitto. The housing company got an honorary award for its first of the kind two-way district heating system in residential buildings. There are 8 BEST pilot buildings involved in Tampere’s pilot district Tammela. The project is run by City of Tampere and VTT and limited liability housing companies involved in the project have got xx€ subsidies from EU for their energy refurbishments.
The spring exhibition of the Sara Hildén Art Museum presents an overview of the moving works of the sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere. In this, the centenary year of the Finnish Civil War, the exhibition offers an opportunity to confront human suffering and vulnerability.
The construction of the tramway on Pirkankatu will begin a new phase at the end of week 3. The construction site on the southern side of Pirkankatu will move to the area between Mariankatu and Pyynikintori. The first task is to move and replace the sewer pipes. The foundation of the railway track will also be laid.
The excavation work related to the construction of the tramway along Hervannan valtaväylä will commence during week 3. The work will begin on the portion between Pehkusuonkatu and Hervanta, where rock will be excavated along the tramway route. The excavated material will be transported northward to Suutalanahde in the Korkinmäki area. The work will last several months.
The library will open its doors again on 9 April 2018 at the new wellbeing centre. Due to the closure, the return dates for items borrowed from Tesoma Library on 15 January or later will be postponed to the beginning of May.
The Tekomo makerspace will open in the Tietotori computer area of Sampola library on 22 January. The communal space has two 3D printers, vinyl cutter, heat press, sewing machine and overlock machine.
Children included in preschool education organised by the City of Tampere, who begin their school next autumn, are not required to enroll anymore. In future, information about new first-graders is transferred electronically from the municipal preschool system to schools.
Enrolment for children starting preschool next autumn has begun in Tampere. The enrolment must be completed by 23 January 2018.
According to the results of the annual survey by the City of Tampere Social and Primary Health Care Services, customers were happy with the expert service and good treatment they were provided by social and healthcare services in 2017. However, respondents felt that their possibility to participate in the planning and evaluating of their own service track was in need of improvement.
On Monday, 18 December 2017, the City Board of Tampere decided to begin developing and planning Section 2 of the tramway from Pyynikintori to Lentävänniemi in western Tampere. It has been deemed necessary to hasten the detailed planning of the tramway route due to the progress of the construction work of the new Santalahti district, among other reasons. The land use planning of the Hietaranta district is also progressing.
Policies on the further development of the new Hiedanranta district were drawn on 18 December 2017, as the City Board approved the structural plan to be used as the basis of the planning of the area. Hiedanranta’s new centre will be built next to the old factory. The structural plan drawing the initial plans for land use in the area has the tramway running through the old factory complex.
Chistmas season changes opening hours of city social and health services. Treatment guidance and information on care are also available from the health services information and advice centre in Christmas and New Year’s day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The City of Tampere and the Smart Tampere program offer companies a network built in Hervanta by Nokia Oyj. The goal is to create services and solutions for a smart city.
The first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize introduced by the Finnish Government has been announced. The prize goes to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in recognition of her long-standing work as a defender of human dignity and human rights and commitment to women and girls globally.
The City of Tampere’s Migration Info Centre Mainio has launched a new video chat service. In the Migration Info Centre video chat, you can use either an ordinary text-based chat or a video call. In a video call, it is possible to share the screen and look at websites or fill in forms together with the advisor.
Smart mobility solutions are one of the most tangible ways to make citizens lives easier. In Tampere, Finland, these solutions are being developed in a vast scale and alongside major city development projects. For example, Tampere is utilizing real time traffic data, open data, positioning and robotics. 5G mobile network is being built. Tampere will be presenting its smart mobility solutions and testing platform possibilities at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona November 14th - 16th 2017.
Construction of part 1 of the Tampere tramway, Hervanta–Pyynikintori–TAYS, is under way in all five segments: the city centre, Kaleva, Hervannan valtaväylä, Hervanta and the property of the future depot.
Museum Centre Vapriikki, which is situated in Tampere, has been crowned Museum of the Century. The musician A.W. Yrjänä rewarded Vapriikki at the Cultural Gala of the Century organized in Logomo in Turku on the 18th of October.
The Festival of Light’s opening ceremony will take place in the city’s Koskipuisto Park on 27 October at 7 p.m. The programme for the event includes the breathtaking Tammerkoski laser show and is set to culminate in a stunning fireworks display. The event’s headline act is Diandra Flores. This is the 52nd time the Festival of Light returns to Tampere to illuminate the city during the darkest time of the year. The festival run is set to conclude on 11 March 2018.
Tampere city is opening annual customer feedback survey at 23th October- 5th November 2017 for customers who have used Tampere or Orivesi services during 2017. You can participate at the survey at www.tampere.fi/welfareservices.
Influenza vaccinations will begin at the health centres of the City of Tampere on Monday 9 October 2017. The school and student health services will also start vaccinating pupils and students included in risk groups.
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 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.