The Student Union of the University of Helsinki celebrates the festive Opening Carnival in connection with the Opening of the Academic Year on Monday, 5 September, from 2pm to 6pm. The Main Building and Porthania will be filled with music, dancing, singing and performances when the University, the Student Union, student nations, subject associations and interest clubs will present themselves to the new and old students. The carnival will also take over the streets in front of the Main Building and Porthania, which will be filled with diverse and surprising events.
In addition to the carnival, students are also welcome to attend the Opening of the Academic Year in the University’s Great Hall (entrance: Aleksanterinkatu 5) at 12noon on the opening day and the opening mass in Helsinki Cathedral after the opening ceremony. According to the Rector’s decision, there are no lectures in the afternoon of the opening day and therefore all university students and staff members can participate both in the Opening Ceremony and the Opening Carnival. After the carnival, the evening will continue with the Opening Party at the Old Student House where the partygoers will be entertained by Don Johnson Big Band (more information below).
University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33
HYY and its committees, student nations, political organisations, University’s student services and other units are presented at the Main Building. Take part in a raffle at the HYY display stand and win an avec dining card for the HYY Anniversary Ball on November 26, a gift voucher to Kolmen sepän kirjakauppa bookstore or a box seat at Bio Rex Cinema for any Love & Anarchy festival film! UniCafe in the Main Building provides lunch at the inner court.
12.15pm Opening of the Academic Year in the Great Hall and opening mass in Helsinki Cathedral
2.00pm Art historical tour in the Main Building, presenting its architecture and art collection (the tour begins from the stairs of the Main Building on the Senaatintori Square side)
2.30pm The Committee for Organisational Affairs organises street sitsit (a traditional academic student feast) in front of the Main Building on Fabianinkatu. Come and experience an academic feast in the middle of the street!
3.00pm Art historical tour on the Centre Campus, presenting architecture and cultural history of the Main Building, National Library and Porthania, among others (the tour begins from the stairs of the Main Building on the Senaatintori Square side)
3.30pm Performance by UniSport martial arts clubs on Fabianinkatu in front of the Main Building (if the weather permits)
3.30pm EOL Chamber Choir will perform in the Main Building café
4.00pm HOL Chamber Choir will perform in the Main Building café
4.00pm Rector’s carnival buffet (2nd floor)
4.30pm SOL Chamber Choir will perform in the Main Building café
5.00pm HYMS Chamber Choir will perform in the Main Building café
5.00pm Performance by UniSport martial arts clubs on Fabianinkatu in front of the Main Building (if the weather permits)
Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
Interest, cultural, sports and international associations of HYY as well as societal and religious organisations introduce themselves at Porthania. The stage in front of Porthania will have a variety of events throughout the whole carnival. Near the stage, an alumni group will encourage students to exercise by giving out refreshments and free tickets to UniSport between 2.30pm–4pm.
2.30pm Brass Quintet of Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra
3.00pm University’s Vice Rector Kimmo Kontula opens the carnival
3.05pm Vice Chairperson of the HYY Board Anni Hirsaho brings greetings from the Student Union
3.10pm Show by UniSport
3.30pm Savolaisen Osakunnan Soitannollinen Seura orchestra
4.20pm Performance by Fencing Club Ylioppilasmiekkailijat
4.40pm Improvisation by Humanistispeksi
5.00pm Hämäläis-Osakunta Dance Club HOT-Dance
National Library, Unioninkatu 36
3.00pm Free tour to the exhibition Revelry, Rambunctiousness, Rough stuff – a century of Finnish comic strips in the Cupola Hall of the National Library. The exhibition is presented by comic artist Jyrki Vainio who is an expert on Finnish comics and on the exhibition itself. More information on all exhibitions and events this autumn can be found in the National Library Cultural Events Calendar.
Old Student House, Mannerheimintie 3
The carnival will continue in the evening with the Opening Party at the Old Student House (Vanha) from 8pm to 2am. Performers include Don Johnson Big Band, Hellcity 13 and DJ Drifter. Tickets in advance cost only 8 € for HYY members and are available at Vanhan Kuppila and the HYY stand at the opening carnival! A limited number of normal price tickets (12 €) are on sale at Tiketti and at the entrance. Don’t miss the first big party of this autumn!
More information on the Opening Carnival:
HYY Secretary for Cultural Affairs Ville Sinnemäki, email@example.com, 050 537 2831.