The traditional Downtown Orienteering is a fun, tongue-in-cheek competition that is arranged in the beginning of the autumn term. Downtown Orienteering usually takes place in mid-September. Teams start at the stone stairway outside the Pinni B building.
In Downtown Orienteering, freshman teams (more seasoned students may participate as well) collect points by finding control points marked in their maps and solving fun exercises (e.g. completing trick tracks, writing poems, doing woodwork or crafts, taking pictures – anything is possible). Control point organizers consist mainly of student associations and hobby associations, but other parties cooperating with Tamy and the University of Tampere also take part.
The team with the most points (i.e. the most first places among control point organizers) wins and is rewarded at the afterparty. Moreover, the teams with best costumes and with best attitude will be rewarded.
All in all, Downtown Orienteering is about going all-in and sporting a positive attitude. Dressing up in an original and individual way is highly encouraged! Teams also often come up with mottos for themselves. Very often it is not the perfect performance that wins but the most original team (or the team that bribes the control point organizers).
This year, Downtown Orienteering takes place on Tuesday 11 September 2012. An afterparty is thrown in the Viihdenmaailma Ilona in Verkatehtaankatu 3.
The first teams start at 4.30 p.m. and the afterparty in Ilona kicks off at 9 p.m. The team with the most points wins Tamy's Grand Prix Prize.
For the second time ever, orienteers and control point organizers alike can get a Downtown Orienteering badge for their overalls! The badge (on the right) costs €2 and is sold at the finish line. What could be a better souvenir from Downtown Orienteering?
The first teams start at 4.30 p.m. at the stone stairway outside the Pinni B building on main campus.
1. Assemble a team and name it. The ideal size for a team is five people, but it is alright to deviate from this a little. Come up with a motto for your team. Originality is a significant asset in Downtown Orienteering!
2. Registration for teams has closed. The time for your team's start will be emailed to the given address no later than Monday 10 September.
3. Arrive as a team to the announced starting location on time, about ten minutes before your announced starting time. At the starting location, you will receive a map with the control points marked on it. Please do not hesitate to approach the send-off officials, as they will provide you with your map and instructions and eventually 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. Be at Viihdemaailma Ilona (in Verkatehtaankatu 3) before 10 p.m.! Doors open at 9 p.m.
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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.
The Grand Opening Party is held at Yo-talo and entry is free for Tamy's members. The party's programme includes music, competitions and a welcome speech for new students by the chair of Tamy's Executive Board.
Grand Opening in 2011
In 2011, the Grand Opening Party's concept was slightly altered: the party was a one-day event and it was thrown on Friday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday. The greatest change, however, was that all performances were by members of Tamy. An open application produced over 30 applicants among which Norsupoolo, Aarne Schmitt and Aikalaiset were chosen to perform. In addition to the band performances, DJ duo I Only Date DJ's played records. The Grand Opening was a soaring success: over 100 paid guests and 500 members of Tamy partied at Yo-talo!
The Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes over the University Main Building's lobby every year at the end of September. In 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!
For freshmen, the Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is an excellent way to start getting to know the communities in their new university and town.
This year Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is bigger than ever! Come and see what we're all about on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 10 a.m.-4 p.m!
Part of Tamy's Organization Week, Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes over the entire University Main Building, as organizations spread out in the main lobbies of all three floors and introduce themselves to students. Welcome!
The organizations presenting their activities (some websites in Finnish only):
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.
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 €).
Culture Appro was Tamy's and the FSHS's joint project whose purpose was to promote student well-being by providing students with interesting cultural experiences to counterbalance studying. The project lasted for the academic year 2011–2012. Culture Appro offered students a monthly chance to try various cultural activities in Tampere and spend an invigorating, restorative and stress-free night at the same time.
All Culture Appro events were either free or very cheap and only required quick registration.
Coming up in spring 2012:
There are no more Culture Appro events in spring 2012. Thanks to all the participants. Tamy and FSHS wish everyone a nice spring!
In association with:
Theatre Telakka's strong suit is its ambitious programme and the new Finnish plays it brings out. Telakka's premières represent a powerful, critical, conversational and commentative trend in Finnish drama. Not to mention that Theatre Telakka has student-friendly prices! Telakka has provided alternative theatre biting into intellect, emotion and visual senses for 15 years!
Dance Theatre MD caters contemporary dance to every taste on the Hällä stage. MD's repertoire ranges from abstract pieces such as “Making of”, “Tästä pisteestä” and “400 askelta” to inter-artistic productions such as “Järjen päivät – Elintasomusikaali” which combines dance, theatre and happening.
Performances in the autumn season: Duet Night (“Tästä pisteestä” and “400 askelta”) 5–8 October “Making of” 22 October–11 November “Järjen päivät” 3–10 December
With its 97 musicians, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the largest symphony orchestras in Finland. From August 2009, Hannu Lintu has acted as the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra. The Philharmonics rehearse and perform in Tampere Hall, the largest concert and congress centre in the Nordic countries. In addition to weekly symphony concerts, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra plays chamber music, serves annually as an opera and ballet orchestra and performs regularly at the Tampere Biennale contemporary music festival. So far, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra has gone on international concert tours in Scandinavia, Estonia, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States. Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra is internationally renowned for its awarded recordings.
Located by the Tammerkoski Rapids in the heart of Tampere, Verkaranta Arts & Crafts Centre operates in a beautiful dye house from 1858. Verkaranta has a gallery that houses arts & crafts exhibitions. In addition, a craft supply shop, a gallery shop and a café operate in the building. Café Valkki sells home-made pastries, pies, salads and coffee and brewed tea. In the summer, it has a lovely terrace overlooking the river. The Café even acts as a meeting place for knitting and other handicrafts groups. Verkaranta's second floor houses Taitopaja skills shop that offers workshops and courses both for private persons and groups. Moreover, Verkaranta rents facilities for courses and parties.
Verkatehtaankatu 2, 33100 Tampere firstname.lastname@example.org tel. +358 3 225 1419 or +358 3 225 1409
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.
In the heart of Tamy's culture sector lies the Culture Section.
The Culture Section familiarizes students with various artists and fields of art in culture nights, takes them to cultural events either free of charge or for a token fee, and brainstorms and organizes cultural activities to every taste. Come and bring your ideas with you!
The Culture Section is lead by two chairs. In 2013, they are Ms Eeva Pajunen (eeva.pajunen(at)uta.fi) and Mr Taneli Tulkki (taneli.tulkki(at)uta.fi).
You are warmly welcome to come discuss what lively cultural life means and could mean at the University and on campus. The Culture Section tries to organize events at least once a month. For more information about the section's meetings and activities, follow the k-lista email list (in Finnish), the weekly What's Happening? bulletin and Tamy's event calendar.
Don't forget to like the Culture Section on Facebook!
At the moment, almost 40 hobby associations operate within Tamy. These associations are formed around a hobby or a conviction and their members are mostly but not exclusively students at the University of Tampere. You can take part in the activities of hobby associations regardless your field of study.
You can for example:
make the world a better place
explore the world of beers and wines
act in Tamy's Council of Representatives
sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or perform on a theatre stage
take part in and organize various cultural activities from literature to dance
become more international, go to sauna, debate, hike, play boardgames and sports, network and much more!
If the list below doesn't have an association that represents your interests, you can always set up your own association and apply Tamy's registration for it right now! For more information about founding a new association, please contact the Secretary for Organizational Affairs.
Please note that some of these associations currently operate (mainly) in Finnish, but this doesn't mean you wouldn't be welcome to join them. If there's an association you find interesting, please don't hesitate to contact them!
Boomstock. Interested in investments, the financial sector or stock exchange companies? Boomstock is the investment club of the students in the Tampere University School of Management. We organize regular investment meetings and expert lectures on current issues as well as visits to stock exchange and financial sector companies in Tampere and the Helsinki metropolitan area. Welcome!
BOSA – Boomi's Beer Association. Interdisciplinary beer! BOSA is the nicest of Tamy's affiliated associations. Come and brew your own beer or just drink it! Our regular beer nights in Gastropub Tuulensuu and other happenings introduce you to the world of beers. The best way to contact us is through Facebook. A lifetime membership in BOSA will only cost you €5, which also entitles you to the finest overalls badge in town!
FreezeBees. Did you know there's more than one way to throw a frisbee? Or that the fast-paced team sport played with a frisbee is called ultimate and that you can play it at our university? Well, now you do, so join our ultimate team FreezeBees!
Hyppy – Students of Social and Administrative Sciences in the Pirkanmaa Region. Hyppy wants to offer students meaningful and interesting activities! It functions as a cooperation organization between the students of Social Sciences and Administration, establishes links between students and working life and organizes working-life oriented events. Hyppy is a local organization of SVOL (Students of Political Science in Finland).
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!
Nääs-Partio. Nääs-Partio is a student scout troop. Our energetic activities include everything from hiking to sauna bathing and from sledging to cultural experiences. We welcome everyone interested in outdoor activities and scouting whether you have any prior experience or not!
Sekava. A group for all LGBT students in the Tampere region that offers a wide range of activities, including meetings on every other Wednesday, cultural events, parties and board game nights. And although we have our new members’ meetings every autumn and spring, you are welcome to join us at any time.
Supsa – Finnish Sauna Club. Supsa is an active sauna club for students. We have tried peat, smoke, mobile, ice bath, raft and infra red saunas, to mention but a few, and every autumn we enjoy a bath in a polar night sauna. During the winter 2011, Supsa even built a tent sauna. Come and join our energetic and egalitarian club. Third of our members are women, including our Chair!
TaKoRu – Reserve Officers of Higher Education Institutions in Tampere. TaKoRu offers various fast-paced reservist activities regardless of your gender or rank. In addition to excellent company, you will get activities such as military training, shooting and paint ball and more relaxed action in the form of excursions, sauna nights and movie nights.
Uta Debate Society. Develop your skills in argumentation, public speaking, persuasion and communication. Open to all Finnish and international students. Come join us in our weekly debates and other fun activities! No previous experience needed!
ELKI – Association for the Enlivenment of Literature. Off the shelves! ELKI enlivens the culture of letters and tries to create alternatives to the commercialization and productization of literature. ELKI is persistent, innovative and shaped by its members. Join us to create living literature and to breathe new life into the literary life!
Keri. Keri is a joint culture association for educational institutions in Tampere. It organizes its members all sorts of happenings: inexpensive visits to theatres and concerts, nature trips, board game evenings, bowling, floor ball, ultimate, miniature golf and other fun stuff. Our motto is: We do what we feel like doing! Join our international group and you won't be alone!
Monroe Film Society. Monroe Film Society has been operating since 1968 and is open to all. Our purpose is to bring together people who are interested in films and to cherish the film culture in Tampere.
TYRMÄYS – Friends of Heavy Metal in the University of Tampere. Hi there! Do all your friends listen to nothing but hideous music? Is it hard to find someone to debate with on Iron Maiden's singers? Don't worry, TYRMÄYS will save you! From Angra to Azaghal, Raven to Rammstein or vinyl to flac? Tyrmäys is the association for You! Join our activities that come in the forms of sauna evenings, gigs and excursions!
Egea Tampere. We offer students an opportunity to form international connections in an easy and inspiring way. Our activities cover the whole Europe and include congresses, exchanges, weekend recreations and other events. In addition to becoming familiar with different cultures, we strive to widen our multidisciplinary horizon – and to have fun!
ESN FINT (Erasmus Student Network in Tampere). ESN FINT is a visionary student organization, functioning within the universities in Tampere. We bring new colour to the student life by bringing the Finnish and international students together. Our trips to Lapland and Russia and the parties we throw in Tampere are just bursting with multicultural joy. Joy is also cherished in our movie nights, board game nights and the language courses organized by our members, albeit in a somewhat calmer fashion. We are the international Tampere!
NESU-Boomi. NESU-Boomi is dedicated to maintaining connections between business students in the Nordic countries. It is a non-profit and politically independent organization that welcomes all business and economics students in the University.
TEN – Young European Federalists Finland. TEN is a local group of the Young European Federalists, actively debating EU and European affairs. We are a politically and religiously independent group and do not shun even the more critical opinions. We organize cultural evenings, seminars, field trips and reading groups and arrange new members’ meetings every autumn.
TaPNU. TaPNU is a local branch of the Youth League of the Finnish Norden Association. We organize theme nights connected with Nordic affairs, go on trips near and far and invite young people from the Nordic countries to Tampere.
Changemaker Tampere. Do you find there’s something wrong with the world? Changemaker aims to rectify the situation by intervening in the structural causes behind global poverty and inequity. Our campaigns focus on the developing countries’ unjustifiable debts and removing the agricultural export refunds. If development issues, study group activities and discussions on the world situation are close to your heart, join us!
Eetti – Pro Fair Trade, Tampere local group. Eetti works to promote and support fairer world trade, environmentally sound methods of production and responsible consumerism. Our activities include organizing various campaigns, workshops, seminars, visits to schools, movie nights and everything else that fits the theme and interests you!
Global Social Work Finland. We support and promote social equity and cooperation in the field of social work. We organize student exchanges for example to Tanzania, Mozambique and Russia, take part in the social debate in Finland, organize study groups and contribute to several charity and development cooperation projects. Join us!
TAYK – The UN Association of Tampere. Interested in international relations, human rights or for example desertification and the peaceful utilization of space? We are as well! We want to learn more about the UN and then spread the word. We organize field trips, rallies, book clubs and campaigns. Our meetings are held every other week, and you are welcome!
Pilke. Pilke is a Christian student association, functioning at the heart of campus in the Campus Chapel (Pinni B, 5th floor). We organize evening meetings for students on Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m., weekly prayers and other meaningful pastimes. Whether you're a first-year student or further in your studies, you are most welcome to join in!
Tampere Academic Symphony Orchestra TASO. TASO was founded in 2003 with the aim of offering students and other people interested in music a chance to play in a high-grade orchestra, performing some of the greatest musical pieces ever written. Our musicians don't need to have formal degrees in music, but we expect at least adequate playing skills, commitment to our orchestra and active practising.
TYL – Tampere University Singers. Want to spend your Tuesday nights singing? Have a yen for the folk music classics? TYL wants you! We are a mixed choir dedicated to preserving the academic singing tradition and won't shy away from trying any music style or period. Auditions are held in September and January.
Tampereen ylioppilasteatteri. This half-a-decade old student theatre is one of the most prominent amateur theatres in the Pirkanmaa region. We currently have around 70 active young members and we hold auditions every year. For more information about auditions, visit our website.
Torvikopla. Torvikopla is a student big band whose players come mainly from the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.
Tukkateatteri. Tukkateatteri is a theatre group with a production-based approach to theatre and initiating its new members. We aim to look beyond the obvious and to discover new perspectives in our performances. Mostly we work on new, self-written of self-dramatized texts, but occasionally take on Finnish and international classics, too.