Student Union of University of Tampere



As the name suggests, the Grand Opening Party is a party that kicks off the academic year. Usually thrown in the first week of September, the Grand Opening has traditionally been one of Tamy's most popular events.

Granting the Vappulakki Award 2012

Tamy's traditional Vappulakki Award was granted to Hirvitalo, Center of Contemporary Art Pispala in 2012. The award ceremony was held during a spring party, organized by Tamy and Tampereen tieteentekijät ry, at the University on 27 April 2012.

For the 31st time, the Student Union of the University of Tampere organizes the Women Culture Days – an event of feminist studies, art and activities. This year's event is called Rokitus – Rock it grrrl! As the name suggests, the event revolves around music, which is a means to interpret emotions as well as politics.

Downtown Orienteering 2013
Registration and instructions for teams - sign-up open until noon 6 Sept 2013

Downtown Orienteering 2011Downtown Orienteering is a light-hearted competition where freshman teams, accompanied by more seasoned students, explore their new home town by visiting control points run by different associations and organizations around downtown.

This year the famous Downtown Orienteering takes place on Wednesday 11 September when the teams take off from 4 p.m. onwards by the Amphitheatre near PinniB on the main campus.

The most successful teams will be handsomely rewarded at the after
party in Ilona nightclub, where all teams and control point organizers
get together for an unforgettable evening!

Downtown Orienteering is all about going all-in and sporting a positive attitude, so keep in mind that dressing up and bringing out the eccentric in you and your team is highly encouraged! Your team will also benefit from a punchy slogan to let the others know where you stand!

Often it's not the perfect performance that wins the game but the most creative team (or the one who bribes the control point organizers). Furthermore, at the afterparty prizes will be awarded to not only the best team, but also to the team with the most flamboyant costumes and the one with the best vibes!

Downtown Orienteering 2013 - summary

Kaupunkisuunnistuksen haalarimerkki.

WHAT: Student teams exploring Tampere, collecting orienteering points and having fun. The team with the most points wins Tamy's Grand Prix Prize!

WHEN: On Wednesday 11 September 2013. The first teams take off at 4:30 p.m. and the afterparty in Ilona starts at 9 p.m.

WHERE: Take-off is by the Amphitheatre near PinniB on the main campus, control points are located all around downtown (each team is handed a map to show which points to visit), and the afterparty is thrown in Ilona nightclub (Verkatehtaankatu 3).

AND: Orienteers and control point organizers alike can get a Downtown Orienteering badge for their overalls! The badge (see right) costs €2 and is sold at the finish line. It's the perfect memento from Downtown Orienteering!

Registration and instructions for teams 2013

Registration for teams is now open! Sign-up ends on Friday 6 September at 12 noon. Sign up using  the online form.

The first 120 teams to sign up get a spot in the Orienteering (plus 10 standby teams in case of cancellation). The teams take off between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. by the Amphitheatre outside the Pinni B building on main campus.


1. Assemble a team consisting of ca. five people. Come up with a name and a slogan for your team. Originality is a significant asset in Downtown Orienteering! Keep in mind that at the afterparty not only the best team, but also to the team with the most flamboyant costumes and the one with the best vibes will be awarded!

2. Registration for teams is now open and it closes on Friday 6 September at 12 noon sharp. Sign up using  the online form. Your team's take-off time will be emailed to the given address no later than Monday 9 September.

3. Make sure to be at the starting point about 10 mins before your appointed take-off time. At the starting location you will receive a map marked with your assigned control points. Please do not hesitate to approach the send-off officials, as they will provide you with the map, instructions, a stamp entitling you to free entry at the after party, and eventually they send your team off.

4. Find and visit all the control points. Downtown Orienteering is not a speed race! The control points close at 8.30 p.m. at the latest. The main idea is to have fun. Keep in mind, however, that you represent all university students!

5. Arrive at Ilona nightclub (Verkatehtaankatu 3) between 9 and 10 p.m. for the afterparty!

Any questions?

Queries and further information: Virve Valtonen (

As the name suggests, the Grand Opening Party is a party that kicks off the academic year. Usually thrown in the first week of September, the Grand Opening has traditionally been one of Tamy's most popular events.

For the second time, the Party is arranged in cooperation with the University, and judging by the experiences and feedback from the last year, the Party's going to be mind-blowing! The Party lasts the whole opening day, which means there's activities and performances available throughout the day from the opening ceremony to the evening party. Our goal is to bring together the whole University and show a warm welcome to new students.

Grand Opening Party 2 September 2014

Opening ceremony, sparkling wine, music, discussions, stands, grilling, chilling, bands! 

At the beginning of academic year 2014–2015, the Grand Opening Party begins at noon on Tuesday 2 September at the University Main Building and its courtyard. There's an entire day filled with activity: during the day there's openings, discussion, performances, stands and much else and in the evening we'll party together with different bands and Risto at Klubi!

Take a closer look at the Party's...

Programme, where you can find out what's happening during the course of the day.

Discussion participants, who bring with them different points of view related to being in a university community and doing things together. One of the participants is the Good Teacher of the year 2014.

Stands – Who shall present their activities at the downstairs lobbies of the Main Building and what kinds of fun stuff is there to do?

Performers – What kinds of shows are we to expect to see at the Main Building during the day, which bands speed us up at Klubi?

Gallery - Look at us go at the last year party! The Flickr link below also leads you back to the memories of the last year party.


Grand Opening Party 2013

In the year 2013, the Opening Party was arranged together by Tamy and the University for the first time. The whole day contained a plethora of activities like introductions, discussion events, band gigs at Pinni B amphitheatre, grilling, and the whole thing climaxed in a party evening led by Anssi Kela. The experience and the feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that the event is absolutely going to be done in cooperation again - let's make the Opening Party an event for the whole University community!

See the atmosphere at the 2013 party on Tamy's Flickr account.


Aatemarkkinoilla vuonna 2010.The traditional Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is part of Tamy's Organization Week and it takes over the University Main Building's lobby every year at the end of September. During the Fair associations, clubs and other organizations acting in cooperation with the University and the Student Union spread out in the lobby and introduce themselves to students. Come take a tour and see if you can find a new hobby for yourself!

Most of the associations on display, including student associations, hobby associations and council groups, operate within Tamy, but other associations are welcome as well. There's usually some civic organizations partaking in the Idea Fair, too.

For freshmen the Idea Fair is an excellent way of getting to know different organizations at the University and in their new home town.


This year the Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes place on Wednesday 25 September 2013 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m!


The Fair takes place in the University main building; both in the main lobby and the second floor lobby in front of the main auditorium. There are altogether 45 different organizations on display, so plenty to see for any taste! See below for introductions of the displayers:

In the main lobby:

Tamy, student union of the University of Tampere
Come take a look of everything your student union has to offer; Tamy's Executive Board will be there to answer any questions you might have about the student union. It's also a great opportunity to find out about the upcoming representative elections and reasons to stand as candidate and/or vote! Welcome!

Tamy's Committee for Development Cooperation

Tamy's Committee for Environmental Affairs

Student's Tampere Association Opiskelijan Tampere

Groups and associations operating within the Council of Representatives (see also the website for Tamy's Representative Elections):

Suuri Kupla

National Coalition Party Students in Tampere

The Centre Party Students in Tampere

Tampere Social Democratic Student Association TASY

Tampere University's Green Left


The Green List and Virnu

Other organizations:

Bosa Beer Association

ESN Fint




NääsPartio scout troop

SYY-Tampere ry

JEF Finland

Tampere UN Association TaYK


UTA Debate Society

UtaSport and sports clubs TUHO and Piffi



In the second floor lobby in front of the main auditorium:

Amnesty Tampere


Pro Ethical Trade Finland

Movie club Monroe

Living Literature Society ELKI

Global Social Work Finland

Development Aid Shop Tasajako

Opettajien Lähetysliitto

Student congregations

Piccolo Chamber choir


Red Cross Messukylä

Reserve officers in Tampere Universities

Unicef Tampere

TYPO - the UTA Bothnian student nation

Tampere Student Theatre

The improvAcademy



The Vegan Society of Finland


More information about the Fair from the Secretary for Communications and Organizational Affairs.


A.E. Jännes ja valtakirja.



In 1954, Elli and Niilo Jännes donated 100,000 Finnish marks to Tamy's predecessor, the Student Union of the Civic College to be used as the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund. The donation letter states that the resources must be used annually “to reward the most distinguished students in the poetry class of the Student Union's hobby competition. The award may first be given in the 1956 hobby competition. If the hobby competition is not arranged, that year's income from interest shall be added to the funds in total.”

The A.E. Jännes writing competition has been arranged countless times, and its topics have included everything from cabaret and sketches to good/evil and young poetry.

A.E. Jännes writing competition 2011 – “Hundred words”

In 2011, Tamy organized the writing competition together with ELKI, the Association for the Enlivenment of Literature, with the title “Hundred words”. The genre of the competition was – as the competition's name suggests – a drabble, that is to say a short story of exactly 100 words. In addition to the actual text, writers were allowed to use a maximum of 15 words for the title and possible subtitles. The competition's theme was “A snippet from the Rector's diary”.

The competition was arranged 9 May–31 August 2011, and a total of 108 stories were handed in. A jury consisting of Teemu Manninen, poet, Maria Mäkelä, literature researcher, and Janne Räikkönen, chief editor of the culture magazine Satyyri, and Tamy's and ELKI's representatives selected the winners.

The best stories were awarded and read in Tamy's 86-year anniversary celebrations on 4 November 2011. The first prize was €250, the second prize €100 and the third prize €50. In addition, the best stories were published in the online culture magazine Satyyri.

A.E. Jännes writing competition's rules

The competition's rules, participation instructions and prizes are determined by the Student Union of the University of Tampere based on the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund's donation letter.

1. The Student Union of the University of Tampere, Tamy, shall arrange the Arvi Emil Jännes writing competition annually. The Student Union's Executive Board shall decide the name and theme of the competition each year.

2. Everyone who is living, working or studying in Finland and has not published a literary work may participate in the competition. An author's edition counts as a literary work. Publishing in an anthology is not an impediment to participating in the competition so long as the entered story has not been previously published.

3. The competition shall have a jury, whose members are chosen each year so that they have a connection with that year's theme. The jury shall not give reviews for single entries. An expert from outside the Student Union shall have the power of decision in the jury. If no stories worth rewarding enter the competition, that year's reward sum may be given out later.

4. The participant agrees to have his or her work published without separate recompense. Award-winning works shall be stored in the Student Union's archives. Works that do not win awards shall be stored for two years.

5. The competition is funded from the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund's resources that were donated to Tamy by Elli and Niilo Jännes in 1954. The competition has been arranged regularly since 1956.

Tamy's history project was started when the Green Party's council group proposed Tamy's history be written. A history working group was set up in 2009 to plan and coordinate writing the history. Ms Tiina Heikkilä, Tamy's Executive Board member, acted as the working group's chair from 2010 to 2013. Her predecessor was Ms Anna Ulvinen. Other members in the history working group were Ms Reetta Eiranen, Ms Anna Ulvinen and Ms Salla Heikkinen.

In 2009, the history working group put the history out for tender and chose the Department of History and Philosophy in the University of Tampere to execute the work. Mr Vesa Vartiainen and Mrs Mervi Kaarninen are the authors of the history and Heikki and Pirkko Koski act as its patrons.

The book, titled in Finnish as Elämää ja taistelua - Tampereen yliopiston ylioppilaskunta ja sen edeltäjät 1925-2010 was published in the spring of 2013. It is the first of its kind. In addition to studying the Student Union, the book discusses Tamy's forerunner. Tamy's annual reports, the student newspaper Aviisi and tradition serve as source material for the history.

The book is on sale at the Juvenes Campus store in the Main Building of the University (45 €).

Tamy's history has been funded by the Majaoja Foundation (€2,500), the Jalmari Finne Foundation (€10,000) and the Science Fund of the City of Tampere.


Since 2001, the Vappulakki award has been given to a party that has promoted student culture in Tamy's May Day event. Tamy's Culture Section is responsible for picking the award winner.

The actual Vappulakki award is a rather large contraption that looks like a student cap. Because it is both big and fragile, it is best to present the cap to the award winner as a symbolic gesture in the ceremony and store it at Tamy for the rest of the year. This way it stays in one piece and won't get lost. A certificate of honour is given with the award.

Award winnersVappulakki-palkinto on suuri.

Culture within Tamy
Culture in Tampere

Culture within Tamy

  • ELKI – Association for the Enlivenment of Literature. ELKI was founded in spring 2009 by literature students in the University of Tampere. Its purpose is to enliven the culture of letters and to create alternatives to the commercialization and productization of literature.
  • Vastavalo Photography Club. Vastavalo is your route to the world of photography. Whether you occasionally snap a picture or devote yourself passionately to the values of aesthetics, we have a lot to offer!
  • Keri. Keri is a joint culture association for educational institutions in Tampere. It organizes inexpensive visits to theatres and concerts, nature trips, board game nights, bowling, floor ball, ultimate, miniature golf and other fun stuff.
  • TASO – Tampere Academic Symphony Orchestra. Founded in spring 2003, TASO is the first symphony orchestra with musicians from all higher education institutions in Tampere.
  • TYL – Tampere University Singers. Founded in 1964, TYL is a mixed student choir that offers its members a chance to be target-oriented about their music interest – in good company, of course.
  • TYRMÄYS – Association for Heavy Metal in the University of Tampere. The purpose of Tyrmäys is to unite people with an interest in heavy metal and to arrange related events and activities.
  • Tampereen ylioppilasteatteri. Tampereen ylioppilasteatteri is one of the most prominent amateur theatres in the Pirkanmaa Region. It has a diverse repertoire and student-friendly prices.
  • Torvikopla. Torvikopla is a student big band whose players come mainly from the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.
  • Tukkateatteri. Founded in 1999, Tukkateatteri is a theatre group that aims to discover new perspectives and to look beyond the obvious in their performances.

Culture in Tampere

  • Telakka. Awarded with Tamy's Culture Section's Vappulakki award in spring 2011, Telakka is home to a live music venue and an alternative professional theatre.
  • Klubi. Klubi, located in the 100-year-old Tullikamari building, is a popular live music venue and meeting place among students.
  • Events in Tampere. An event calendar hosted by VisitTampere.
  • Arthouse Cinema Niagara. Located in the idyllic Kehräsaari, Arthouse Cinema Niagara boasts a diverse programme of films. Niagara's special screenings are subtitled in English.
  • Poetryshop Kattila. Maintained by the Supporters' Association for Poetry, Kattila is the only poetryshop in Finland.
  • Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Classical music in Tampere Hall.
  • Museums in Tampere. A list of museums in Tampere by the City of Tampere.
  • Theatres in Tampere. A list of theatres in Tampere by the City of Tampere.
  • Vastavirta. Vastavirta is an alternative music club in Pispala.
  • Yo-talo. Partly owned by Tamy, Yo-talo has been home to clubs, discos and live music ever since 1960s.
  • O'Connell's Irish Bar. O'Connell's has an immensely popular weekly pub quiz and gigs.

Is the list missing something important? Let the Secretary for Organizational Affairs know!