Tampere celebrates Manse Pride Week 6–11 June 2022

During Manse Pride Week in Tampere from 6 to 11 June 2022, various operators will be organising all kinds of equality-related events for people of all ages. The theme of the week is Stay true in Tampere!

Sinuiksi ry (formerly Pirkanmaan SETA) and the City of Tampere are responsible for organising the week of events. City of Tampere Youth Services, Tampere City Library and the Urban Culture Unit will also be organising various activities throughout the week. A host of other operators will be contributing to the event week as well.

The highlight of Manse Pride Week is the Pride march and the main celebration on Saturday, 11 June. The march starts from Koskipuisto at 2:30 p.m., ending up in Sorsapuisto, where the main celebration of the week of events will take place from 3 p.m. onwards. During the celebration, the City of Tampere will give its rainbow declaration, and there will also be an extravagant drag show. The rap duo Sofa will be there to keep the vibe electric.

Implementing equality actions is an important part of Pride Week. Among other things, the City of Tampere will open one of its indoor swimming pools to sexual minorities who have not had the privilege of enjoying the basic right of equal swimming opportunities. On Monday, 6 June, there will be a swimming session under the theme of Manse Pride from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can register to the swimming session on Manse Pride -program.

Equality seminar Rainbow Rights and Wrongs on 8 June 

Resident events and a seminar on promoting equality are among the most important offerings of Manse Pride Week. The City of Tampere’s equality plan will be updated during 2022. The work will begin by mapping the current state of equality. All Tampere residents can contribute to the mapping of the current state by participating in the resident events on 7 or 9 June and by responding to the resident survey between 6 and 26 June 2022. We will be providing more information about the resident events closer to the event. 

Please register by Monday, 6 June 2022 at the latest.

Registration to the Rainbow Rights and Wrongs seminar

Happenings in the libraries and on Laikunlava stage

Tuesday, 7 June, at 4 p.m.–7 p.m., Visio’s bag and pin workshop
Main Library Metso, hobby space Visio

Come make rainbow-themed pins or press a shirt/fabric bag befitting the theme under our guidance in Metso’s new hobby space Visio. You can also bring an image with you on a USB stick for the shirt/bag print. Visio can accommodate 5–6 people at a time. Free admission. Event page.

Wednesday, 8 June, at 6 p.m, author Tiina Tuppurainen as guest at Main Library Metso (Metso stage).

Author and producer Tiina Tuppurainen will be visiting Main Library Metso. Tuppurainen will be interviewed by author and artist Katriina Rosavaara. Metso STUDIO will be streaming the event, and you can watch the stream remotely on the library’s YouTube channel. The event is part of the programming for Manse Pride and Annikki OFF week, and it will be organised in cooperation with Sinuiksi ry (formerly Pirkanmaan SETA), Tampere education and culture services’ equality unit, Tampere City Library and the Urban Culture Unit. Event page

Wednesday, 8 June, at 6 p.m, park concert: Pirkkalaiskirjailijat Goes Pride & Suhina Kollektiivi on Laikunlava stage.

Pirkkala residents and bookstagram join forces on Laikunlava stage. We will be hearing the thoughts of authors Liliana Lenno and Anni Kuu Nupponen on rainbow literature, both their own and in general, as the active bookstagrammer and one of the creators of #QueerLukuhaaste2022 Nea Lahtinen @siperiankirjat will be hosting two Pirkkala author interviews. After the interviews, we will get to hear a musical performance by Suhina Kollektiivi. Event page.

Entire week of 6–12 June. YOU ARE HERE – communal literary art piece displayed across all city libraries. The piece made up of the library visitors’ own words and poems moves across the map of Tampere, reminiscing about encounters, sensations and events around different parts of the city. You can participate in the piece at workshop points, which will be set up at all libraries. It is also possible to participate remotely. Guiding the trip will be multi-talent in literature Maria Laakso. Cooperating on the project are Tampere City Library, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Urban Culture Unit.
Event page.

Saturday, 11 June, at 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Haihara Art Centre Pride Week Radical cross-stitching workshop. At Haihara Manor, there will be embroidery and cross-stitching in the spirit of queer feminism. You can show up without any prior knowledge, ideas or materials. Us Radicals will help you get started. Free admission.

Various Pride Week events for young people

In Tampere, LGBTI+ youth work has been carried out for many years. City of Tampere Youth Services will be organising various events throughout the week. The youth services centres will follow the pride theme, and there will be information sessions and events. The rainbow youth space will be open on Monday (Otavalankatu 12, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.). On Thursday, you can talk to the rainbow workers in the backyard of Multifunctional centre 13 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Monday, 6 June, Kaareva will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring author Dess Terentjeva as guest!  Otavalankatu 12 (for ages 13–29). The entrance accessible to all can be opened as needed, call 040 806 2305.

Tuesday, 7 June, at 2 p.m.–8 p.m., Multifunctional centre 13 (handicrafts) Pride shirt workshop. Multifunctional centre 13 at Pellavatehtaankatu 4 (for ages 7–29). Customise your clothes for Pride Week with the help of talented handicrafts assistant Merja. You can bring your own T-shirt or buy one at the workshop. Small material fee of around €5. 
Movie night at Tampere Region Arthouse Cinema Niagara, showing the rainbow film Beyto. Spoken in Swiss German, subtitled in English. For ages 12 and up. Kaareva will pay the tickets of people aged 13–29 who signed up in advance. Sign up via an Instagram message @nuortensateenkaari 

Wednesday 8 June Remote day: 
12 noon Rainbow remote day starts off on Kaareva’s IG @nuortensateenkaari 
1 p.m. Rainbow facts on TikTok @nuortensateenkaari 
3 p.m. Rainbow-themed games Nuortentampere Discord
4 p.m. expert by experience in trans womanhood Elise on the Nuortentampere Discord
6 p.m. Piki Rantanen on IG live @nuortensateenkaari Non-binary art enthusiast’s discussion on how young LGBTI+ people are treated across different services. 
7 p.m. Young people’s art workshop videos @nuortensateenkaari 
9 p.m. end of remote day activities 

Thursday, 9 June 
Pride Day at Multifunctional centre 13 (Pellavatehtaankatu 4). For ages 13–29. Free admission. 
4 p.m.–8 p.m. Kaareva picnic MC13 backyard. Coffee, juice and snacks available. Mobile youth work Liikkis vehicle on site from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
4 p.m.–8 p.m. Sign workshop and young LGBTI+ people’s online centre Loiste project’s employees will be there for you in the lobby on second floor. You can also make a Pride pin for yourself. 
4 p.m.–8 p.m. Youth council Pride event in the lobby on fourth floor 

Friday, 10 June 
Game day in Museum Centre Vapriikki from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (for all ages, free admission). Let’s play rainbow-themed games together. With Ville from Rantsu’s game farm and museum employees Asla and Elina.
Saturday, 11 June 
Youth workers will be there to greet the young people participating in the Pride March on the Tammerlammi side of Koskipuisto from 1 p.m. onwards. Come get yourself a balloon and sparkly glitter. The march ends with the main celebration in Sorsapuisto. 

Tampere gets its own Pride flag

A new Tampere Pride flag was produced for Manse Pride Week, and it will be flying at the Old City Hall, Vapriikki and Tampere Hall. With its own flag, Tampere joins the international cities who profile themselves under their own name as supporters of equality in connection with Pride events.  

Further information: Mansepride.fi and @mansepride (FB, Instagram, Twitter). 

Further information

Annamari Tuominen
Equality coordinator
040 801 6188
Venla Moisala
Planning Officer
040 800 4836
Jonna Stenberg
Youth Leader
040 806 2305
Text: Aila Rajamäki
Photos: Laura Vanzo/ Visit Tampere
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