Tampere dresses for the centenary celebration year
Planning for the festive year celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence has proceeded at a brisk pace in Tampere, thanks to the steering group chaired by Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen. The jubilee year celebrating 100 years of Finland’s independence in 2017 is a joint project of the entire city. Following a discussion event for the region’s actors held in spring, the Finland 100 team has been working on the objectives, messages and priorities of activities for the centenary year festivities.
“We want the centenary year to appear in Tampere through activities and originality. We also pay attention to the legacy we want to leave in Tampere after the jubilee year,” Finland 100 regional project coordinator, Executive Producer Saara Saarteinen explains. Together with Producer Inka Helin and the rest of the team, she is driving the centenary year preparations forward at Tampere Event Office.
A living legacy from a shared story
The wish is that each and every Tampere resident will participate in the planning and practical implementation of the festive year. The aim is to make the year something everyone shares together rather than a mere series of events produced by the city.
“We want to break down barriers, and so we strive to combine different actors to form theme groups. At the beginning of the coming year, we’ll invite people from the worlds of music, sport and theatre, food culture representatives, design and cityscape experts, civil society groups and organisations to work together,” Saarteinen says.
The anniversary festivities will be part of the Tampere scene throughout the year, even in the dark winter season.
“We encourage a variety of actors and city residents to decorate the environment with centenary year themes in all four seasons. With this in mind, we’ve already mapped out the city’s garden areas and large construction sites that we intend to dress up for the festivities,” she continues with excitement.
The Tampere team believes that the centenary year is an opportunity to create new ways to use urban space and build a fascinating and diversified city. “We believe that as its legacy, the jubilee year can leave new community-based approaches to enliven the city, new types of networks and new ways of acting. One forum strengthening communality is the city’s interactive internet pages. All of this is worth pursuing, and we have great reason to go to do this – together.”
Tampere’s Finland 100 team intends to make the most of the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ opportunity the centenary year offers to build a new kind of communal city. From the left: Event Office Director Perttu Pesä, Regional Coordinator Saara Saarteinen, Project Manager Markus Joonas and Producer Inka Helin.
Picture: Kim Männistö