A MAGAZINE FOR ESPOO RESIDENTS
YOUR OWN WAY
Espoo Day is
made up of
jointly by city
Singers with their
pancakes are an
CREATIVITY BLOOMS IN KARAKALLIO
IN MAY, an art day was held in Karakallio.
The local residents built a balloon installation
in the market’s air space and painted
metal tiles for the community art piece of
visual artist Tiina Herttua.
The art day was part of the Karakallio
Creative project that enlivens the Karakallio
suburb with art and events for several years.
The first artwork completed in the project
was a plant mural painted by the Argentinian
“As an area, Karakallio is like a clean and
natural blank slate. Its spaciousness and simplicity
are a good basis for the project. For
example, the murals in Karakalliontie can
be seen from a long distance away,” says
Karakallio-Seura association member Mira
In Karakallio Creative, the Karakallio-
Seura association operates as a link between
residents and the project organiser Elävä
Espoo and the City of Espoo.
“In the whole of Finland, Karakallio Creative
is a new way of profiling a neighbourhood.
Because of it, I now look at my environment
in terms of what art could be implemented
there,” Köymäri says.
was the official
starting shot of
this piece of art
did not become a
of the market’s
A MAGAZINE FOR ESPOO RESIDENTS
IN THIS ISSUE:
2 MY ESPOO › Creativity blooms in Karakallio
4 EDITORIAL › Jukka Mäkelä
5 PICKS › Espoo is the smartest in the world
7 AT YOUR SERVICE › Conductor Klaus Mäkelä
8 THEME › Participate in your own way
12 ACTIVE ESPOO › What’s on this autumn?
15 INSIGHT › Espoo is a safe place to move around
16 PEARL › Pikku-Aurora grew up
18 SERVICE › Espoo Day comes again
20 VI I ESBO › City Theatre’s Erik Söderblom
22 THE PEOPLE OF ESPOO › Encouraging boys to read
HAVE THEIR OWN
own ideas in their
Human encounters are at
the core of experiencing
7 14 20
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 3
Espoo Day is
OUR BIGGEST city event, Espoo Day, will be held on Friday and
Saturday 24–25 August 2018. Thousands of Espoo residents
are once again involved in organising fun activities around the
city. Espoo Day, if anything, reflects the genuine communality
in Espoo and the Make with Espoo spirit – that is, doing things
together, generating ideas and learning.
Enthusiasm for co-creation has brought Espoo recognition
as the best innovation community in the world. In the
summer, Espoo and Aalto University were selected to a top
league together with Cambridge in the UK, Palo Alto in the US,
Heidelberg in Germany and Noida in India to implement the
UN’s sustainable development goals as a pioneering community.
The selection is a continuation of the “Intelligent Community
of the Year 2018” prize we won in London in June. Espoo
has also proven to be the most sustainable city in Europe
According to the acknowledgements, Espoo is a pioneer in
creating smart, people-oriented and scalable solutions for a
sustainable future through local cooperation. Espoo’s assets
include the people, communities and businesses in Espoo. In
the long term, active cooperative with various operators will
bring great benefits to the everyday life of city residents and
the entire community. On Espoo Day, there are many reasons
to celebrate together. Welcome aboard!
Updates from different
parts of the city and
pages dedicated to
From the beginning of
the season, an average
of more than 2,600 city
bike trips per day have
been made in Espoo;
that is, 3.8 trips daily on
Always up to date.
selected to a top
league together with
four other universities.
Great moments, events
and landscapes through
the eyes of Espoo
As if you look smart
when someone takes
a picture of you
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United Nations has invited the City of Espoo to become a pioneer of sustainable
development. This entails Espoo undertaking to reach the UN’s goals by 2025.
25 cities have been invited to the Sustainable Development Program. Espoo
was invited to the university cities category, which includes in addition to Espoo
Cambridge in the UK, Heidelberg in Germany, Noida in India and Palo Alto in the
United States. Each city will be appointed to lead at least one of the 17 goals.
Espoo’s operations will focus on learning, education and innovation.
Espoo is the
smartest in the world
THE CITY OF ESPOO has won the international Intelligent Community
Awards 2018. Espoo was the only European city among
the seven finalists. The competition was built around the theme
of utilising data in human-oriented service development.
The three-day final was held in London in early June.
During the days of the final, Espoo Innovation
Garden, a metropolitan development community,
“ESPOO’S BEST gained visibility and new networks for information
RESOURCE ARE sharing and contacts. These are helping Espoo residents
to implement the city strategy i.e. the Espoo
BUSINESSES AND Story, solve the challenges associated with a sustainable
future, and create new intelligent services
Espoo has already been cited in an international
comparative study as Europe’s most sustainable city.
The city wants to continue along these lines, guaranteeing not
only good services, but also economic, ecologically, socially and
culturally sustainable growth.
“Espoo’s best resource are its people, businesses and communities.
Bearing this in mind, this is clearly a shared victory,” says
Mayor Jukka Mäkelä.
The competition was arranged by the international expert network
of cities and regions, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).
The KULPS! Culture path was
split into two 1st August 2017.
The Once a Year destinations
can be selected by a group once
during a school year free of
charge. To Your Heart’s Content
destinations can be selected free
of charge once or several times
during a school year without any
KULPS!, a tool for cultural and physical education in Espoo schools,
will soon turn ten years old. KULPS! promotes cooperation between
schools and cultural and sports actors. It consists of three paths: the
culture, sport and library paths.
The goal of KULPS! is that all children have the opportunity to experience
and do art, learn to use libraries, and explore a wide range of
sports and venues. For basic education classes, KULPS! paths are part
of free tuition. Schools can choose the most suitable content from a
range of high-quality offerings.
The KULPS! cultural path is Espoo’s Cultural Education Plan. Finnish
cultural education plans received recognition in the spring, when the
plans currently being implemented by 71 Finnish municipalities were
presented with an award by European Commission and Europa Nostra,
Europe’s leading cultural heritage network.
JOIN US IN THE INTELLIGENT
SEVERAL FASCINATING digital experiments will be underway in
Espoo during the autumn, in which anyone can participate. On
Espoo Day, Saturday 25 August, you can use an augmented reality
app to plan the surroundings of the Tapiola Metro Station. At
the end of August, we also launched the Peput penkkiin (bums on
seats) trial – which encourages people to share cars – and a robotic
call service experiment. A few day-care centres will continue
the development of interactive skills begun during the summer, in
the company of the Pikkuli character.
› Follow our news coverage on Twitter @DigiEspoo, and you
won’t miss out! We also post news on our website at
TEXTILE ART IN TAPIOLA
A TEXTILE ARTWORK will be completed in Tapiola for Espoo Day. Based on rugmaking
techniques, this large textile artwork will be a joint effort by city people,
school groups in Espoo and textile artist Greta Muuri. The work is being done in
cooperation with City Events Espoo.
The Espoo Culture Committee awarded the working grant for professional artists
to Muuri for 2018. She creates experimental textile art, based on used textiles,
to break down boundaries, arouse emotions and promote the values of sustainable
The giant artwork will be created from 21 August and will be exhibited in Tapiola
throughout Espoo Day, 24 to 25 August.
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 5
The Urban Espoo app
provides cultural services
Matinkylä Health Centre
is moving premises
THE MATINKYLÄ HEALTH CENTRE will move to the Iso Omena service
centre at the beginning of 2019. Health centre activities in the
Iso Omena service centre will become part of the City of Espoo’s
operations. The Matinkylä Health Centre will continue to serve the
public in Matinkatu this year.
Residents have requested longer opening hours and services
located along good transport connections. The Health Centre’s
planned opening hours are 7am to 8pm on weekdays. Saturday
opening times are also being negotiated.
In addition to a traditional appointment-based and urgent appointments,
there will be an express-service polyclinic for people in
need of occasional rapid services.
A decision will be taken on the area’s dental services later in
the autumn. The Health Centre planned for the service centre will
mainly serve residents of Matinkylä, Olari and Kuitinmäki. Oma
Lääkäri Iso Omena will move out of the service centre, but the City
of Espoo will continue its cooperation with the private service provider:
Mehiläinen will continue to provide health centre services for
residents of Hentta and Suurpelto in its own premises near the Iso
Omena shopping centre.
Espoo residents are free to choose their own health centre and
change it every year.
IS A VIRTUAL
IN WHICH THE
APPLICATION ROUND FOR SOCIAL AND HEALTH
ASSOCIATION GRANTS IN OCTOBER
CITY EVENTS ESPOO has developed a mobile application
that provides cultural services in digital format. The application
is a virtual cultural city, in which the user explores a
fictional 3D world.
The application provides citizens with interesting cultural
experiences. For example, you can watch movie screenings,
music performances and live streamings of concerts, and
The application, which was the brainchild of Cultural Producer
Laura Läntinen, received an honourable mention in
the mayor’s innovation competition in November 2017. The
application will be ready for Espoo Day and can be downloaded
from app stores.
ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, the Espoo Social
and Health Services Committee awards
grants to organisations operating in Espoo,
whose activities support and supplement
social and health services.
The grants support the basic activities of
organisations and communities whose activities
provide the basis for a good everyday
life for Espoo residents, increase their opportunities
for social inclusion and involvement
in peer activity, and promote their
functional capacity, health and well-being.
The 2019 grant application period is 1 to
31 October 2018. A briefing and discussion
session on grants will be held from 5.30pm
to 7pm on Thursday 27 September in the
City Council House café.
› For further details about grants
AT YOUR SERVICE
Klaus Mäkelä will lead the Tapiola Sinfonietta orchestra
through Beethoven’s series of nine symphonies in full.
The conductor also has strong roots in Espoo himself.
TEXT Tiina Parikka PHOTO Klaus Mäkelä’s gallery
Tapiola Sinfonietta is
a familiar orchestra
for Klaus Mäkelä
both from his own
have led Tapiola Sinfonietta
concerts as a guest
conductor before, but
when this kind of broader
cooperation with Beethoven’s
symphonies was suggested
by the orchestra, the
idea was very interesting
nine symphony series is always
a special case. For
each symphony, I have designed
a programme that
provides the audience with
different perspectives on
these classic works.
We have also commissioned
a new piece for our
series from composer Sauli
The first concert featuring
Symphony No. 1 will
be held on 14 September
2018, and the last one in the
series will take place in December
During the cooperation,
I will perform with Tapiola
Sinfonietta not only as a
conductor, but also as a cellist
and chamber musician.
It is great that I can implement
all of these aspects in
this project. My next performance
as a cellist will take
place in January.
I lived in Espoo in my
childhood. This is a fine cultural
city and we can be
proud of its high-quality
cultural services. Espoo has
passionate orchestra capable
that plays at an internationally
In addition to the partnership
with Tapiola Sinfonietta,
I am starting as the
main guest of the Swedish
Radio Symphony Orchestra
in the autumn and as the artistic
director of the Turku
Music Festival in 2019. The
rest of the time, I travel the
world as a guest conductor.
Event and Cultural Services
organise more than 5,000
events annually with
(VISITORS IN 2017)
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 7
Inclusion is participation,
but also a feeling created
“That is why how city
residents are encountered
is important in all operations
of the city,” says Development
Manager Tuija Norlamo.
Text Juha Peltonen
Illustration Susanna Tuononen
Photos Timo Porthan
IN YOUR OWN WAY
Espoo’s goal is for city residents
to be able to participate
in activities that are important
to them and influence
the affairs and future of their city.
There are plenty of opportunities
for this in a participatory Espoo.
According to Development Manager
Tuija Norlamo, we are talking
about a leap from good to excellent.
“We develop tools and operating
methods that are used to drive the
initiatives and ideas of municipal
residents forward, and practices for
communicating information from
residents to decision-makers.”
“Inclusion is an experience and
participation is an action. That is
why participation does not necessarily
lead to inclusion, but without
some participation, it will never
arise. Human encounters are at the
core of experiencing inclusion,”
THERE IS A DESIRE TO MAKE PARTICI-
PATION A PART OF THE OPERATING CUL-
TURE. A large portion of the opportunities
for city residents to participate
are statutory. Plans for land
use being available for review and
the right to express an opinion are
already secured under law. In matters
involving plans, everyone
whose housing, work or other conditions
the plan may affect are concerned
In land use, the leap from good
to excellent means more resident
events and hearings than the minimum
requirement of the law as well
as new ways to express an official
According to Norlamo, the
leap to excellence requires a
change in the operating culture;
development is not enough.
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 9
“Everyday practices have not always
been built to support inclusion,
but have evolved slowly over time.
The development programme ’A participatory
Espoo’ considers how inclusion
and participation become
part of the operating culture instead
of a superficial approach,” she says.
Inclusion is both participation
and influence. Participation in the
planning of land use and traffic solutions
affects the future of the entire
city. Participatory budgeting directs
the use of tax money. Democracy
does not work without the participation
of city residents.
“Residents disagreeing with each
other and people having different interests
is part of urban life. Work on
inclusion allows different parties to
familiarise themselves with the arguments
of others and learn to understand
them,” Norlamo says.
THINGS THAT RELATE TO ONE’S OWN
EVERYDAY LIFE ARE THE MOST IMPOR-
TANT FOR EVERYONE. Environmental
Design Team members Niko Riepponen,
Martta Pirttioja and Iira
Niemeläinen strive to facilitate the
implementation of people’s own
development ideas. In their experience,
resident forums are mainly
attended by older people; the participation
of young people and immigrants
is gained by going to them.
Niko Riepponen has been designing
yard areas and play equipment
with schoolchildren for years.
The method is now open to all city
residents, and the team is strengthened
by Martta Pirttioja and Iira Niemeläinen.
They can be contacted
with all projects related to the development
of the living environment.
“Our first Facebook post in April
was seen by 15,000 city residents,
and messages started to come in.
We began pushing some of the development
proposals forward, and
some we directed to other actors of
the city,” Martta Pirttioja says.
The environmental designers do
not implement the city residents’
suggestions, but help the residents
carry out their development projects
“We look into funding opportunities
and bring new partners together.
For example, we can help
with making a grant application to
the Culture Committee or determine
whether permits are required for the
project. If we do not know the answer
ourselves, we will find out who does,”
Iira Niemeläinen promises.
PARTICIPATION ALSO APPLIES TO
DEVELOPING THE CITY’S SERVICES. The
best experts regarding services are
their users. That is why social and
health care services utilise the firsthand
knowledge of experts by experience
in the development of services.
An expert by experience is a
person who has first-hand experience
of, for example, mental health
and substance abuse problems or
other life crises. Their work lowers
the threshold of participation for
the city residents who do not usually
have the energy or care to participate
even in their own everyday life.
“Through them, we obtain knowledge
from experience for decisionmakers
and those working with customers,”
says Marjo Järvinen, project
manager of the project for the prevention
Environmental designers with
residents’ development projects
DO YOU WANT TO PAINT a work of art in a
public place, set up a nature trail or fix an ugly
intersection? You should contact Espoo’s Environmental
The assistance of environmental designers is
available to everyone living in Espoo, including associations
and sports clubs. The team members
have visited residents’ association events and organised
local activity evenings around the city.
AT THE CORE OF
HUNDREDS INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN OF SPORTS PARK
THE DESIGN OF THE TAPIOLA SPORTS PARK
has already been participated by hundreds of
Espoo residents, even though the project is
still in its infancy. The work began with a vision
workshop and map survey last autumn, and a
second resident event took place in the winter.
“At present, the outdoor areas of the sports
park are football and parking fields. What
people want there is some kind of a central
square surrounded also by services, making the
sports park itself an attractive environment,”
says Antti Mäkinen, Project Director of the Tapiola,
Otaniemi and Keilaniemi area.
know the area
The map survey was answered by 337 people
who were able to mark on the map the places in
the sports park they feel are comfortable and
functional and, on the other hand, the ones that
should be developed. The respondents appreciated
well-functioning sports fields and a comfortable
The problems included underutilised areas
and confusing traffic arrangements. The pedestrian
and bicycle routes were considered unsafe
in part and improvements were desired for the
connection from the metro station to the sports
want to be
kinds of local
can be provided
directly on the
A lot of feedback
for the plan.
THE MASTER PLAN FOR ESPOO’S northern and central
parts is only in the draft phase, but it has already been the
subject of ten resident events.
“The residents know the area the best and provide valuable
source information about it,” says Urban Planner
The master plan now being prepared will respond to the
city’s growth targets. A more cohesive city structure creates
good conditions for public transport and the future of
the Länsirata track.
The plan area covers more than one third of Espoo’s
land area. Two surveys open to all have been organised
during the planning process, and their results are available
on the plan’s subpages at espoo.fi. Eight resident events
open to all have been held already in the draft phase, and
two for residents’ associations. All the public events have
been attended by about a hundred people.
“We have also participated in resident forums and associations’
own events where we have spoken about the
preparation situation and answered the questions of the
residents,” Lonka says.
According to her, residents detail especially wishes for
services and public transport in their feedback.
“Some want to start building, others would like to preserve.
We have received a lot of feedback.”
The electronic feedback system that was developed together
with Mapita last year is also used in the preparation
of the master plan.
It allows feedback to be submitted directly on the planning
map during its review period, either by clicking on a
part of the map or by outlining the desired area. Planning
ordinances for a specific area can also be viewed by entering
An opinion can be provided either on the planning ordinances
of a single section or on the entire planning solution.
The system compiles the opinions of the reminding
party into a summary that it sends to the Registry Office
and to the reminding party.
Along with the electronic feedback system, traditional
ways of providing an official opinion or reminder directly to
the city’s Registry Office also remain.
“Opinions and statements on the draft master plan are
currently being reviewed. A resident event informing everyone
of the feedback received will be held in the autumn,”
The plan proposal is expected to undergo committee review
in autumn 2019, after which it will be made available
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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST-OCTOBER
STILL HAVE ROOM
ENROLMENT FOR THE autumn
courses of the Espoo Adult Education
Centre started already
in May, but the enrolment process
is ongoing. New courses
are launched continuously
throughout the year – the Adult
Education Centre reacts quickly
to customers’ wishes and can
set up new groups for popular
courses, for example.
The course offering can be
browsed in the ilmonet.fi online
service. The curriculum is only
published once a year and includes
long, full-year courses.
Municipal residents are provided
guidance on the use of
electronic tools at the Adult Education
Centre’s Tietotupa sessions.
These sessions also offer
assistance on browsing courses
and learning how to enrol online.
› Enrol at www.ilmonet.fi or
by calling the Adult Education
Centre’s customer service,
tel. +358 20 692 444.
› PULSE OF
SYKETTÄ SYKSYYN – Låt hösten
pulsera (Pulse of Autumn) is a
traditional autumn celebration
for Espoo’s senior citizens where
senior organisations and the City
of Espoo with its partners showcase
their expertise. The programme
includes, for example, a
festive greeting as well as song
and dance performances. The
Espoo pensioner of the year 2018
will be announced at the event.
› Sun 14 October 2018 at 2.00–
5.00 p.m., Espoo Cultural Centre,
Tapiolasali. Duration 3 h (intermission).
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Art inspired by Sami culture
THE FINE ARTS ACADEMY OF FINLAND Prize Exhibition at EMMA presents
the art of Outi Pieski (born 1973). Pieski’s work draws on Sami culture, and,
as such, has an important topical content. Pieski expresses her message in
the subtle language of art.
Her art brings the question of minority culture to the fore by playing on
the colours, forms, and methods associated with the Sami handicraft tradition.
References to the Northern light and landscape are also strongly present.
In Pieski’s works, these elements also receive new associations that
are separable from their origin.
In this way, both her paintings and the large and materially abundant
spatial installations embody lightness, sensitivity and immateriality. Pieski’s
particular way of using colour for artistic effect and her method of spatial
representation are also strongly inspirational for viewers. The Fine Arts
Academy of Finland Prize is awarded to a Finnish artist whose oeuvre deserves
greater visibility and recognition.
› Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize Exhibition: Outi Pieski.
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art 12 September 2018–6 January 2019
five singles, of which
the most famous is
› KANNUKLUBI GEARS
UP FOR A RAP AUTUMN
A CONCERT SERIES of five events lets
us experience the hottest artists in the
Finnish rap and hip hop scene today. The
performers of the autumn’s first gig will
include Prinssi Yusuf, Seksikäs-Suklaa,
Dosdela and VG. Prinssi Yusuf is known,
among other things, for his track “Prinssille
morsian”. Seksikäs-Suklaa and Dosdela,
in turn, are well-known social media
figures with many talents.
In September, we will tune in to the
currently best-known Finnish rap artist,
Gettomasa. Other names in the
autumn’s club gig calendar include
Gasellit, a group combining underground
rap and modern rhythm music, Tippa,
Bizi, Gracias and Djangomayn. Not
forgetting Kingfish, the voice of multicultural
All the gigs in the concert series will
be held in Kannusali:
Fri 24 August at 7 p.m.: Prinssi Yusuf,
Seksikäs-Suklaa, Dosdela & VG
Free entrance. Free tickets from the
Lippupiste online shop (max. 2 tickets
per customer) without a service fee.
Fri 28 September at 7 p.m.: Gettomasa
Fri 19 October at 7 p.m.: Gasellit
Fri 9 November at 7 p.m.: Tippa, Bizi
Fri 30 November at 7 p.m.: Gracias,
Tickets for gigs on 28 September–30
November EUR 12 + delivery fee, Lippupiste
and one hour before from the door
if seats remain.
More information: Kannusali.fi
› FROM THE
PARTICIPATE in a history walk with the
theme civil war in Leppävaara – from
the trenches to Murhamäki. The history
walk lead by a local guide explores Leppävaara
during the Finnish civil war. Organised
by KAMU – Espoo City Museum
in cooperation with the Leppävaara Society.
› Walks on 26 August 2018 and 9 September
2018 at 6 p.m. Departure: Thorstorp
yard, Vanha maantie 12. Free entrance.
› IMMERSE YOURSELF
IN A BIRD PARADISE
THE EXHIBITION by the association Suomenojan Luonto
displays 30 photographs of the diverse nature of Suomenoja,
a natural site in the middle of the city. The Bird Paradise
exhibition focuses on birds, not forgetting mammals,
reptiles, butterflies and plants. History and an overview of
the area are also present.
› Espoo Cultural Centre, exhibition space 21 August–
9 September 2018. Free entrance.
› COMMUNITY OF
“A SPACE FOR TREES” exhibition at
Karatalo presents the works of Eeva
Tervala and Juan Antonio Muro. In this
exhibition, one makes space for trees
and the other one fills it. “I feel a warm
respect for the community of large
plants. People have always skilfully used
the forest as a mirror to vividly express
their thoughts and feelings,” says Eeva
› 30 August–1 October, Karatalo.
Opening of the exhibition Thu 30
August at 5–7 p.m. Free entrance.
› SAARA AALTO
THE TALENTED interpreter who
has fared well in many singing
competitions was ranked
second in the UK series of X
Factor in 2016 and represented
Finland in the Eurovision Song
Contest in the spring of 2018.
The concert will feature Saara’s
most famous songs and fresh
material from her new album.
› Fri 19 October at 7 p.m.,
Tapiolasali. Tickets EUR 32.50 +
delivery fee, Ticketmaster.
› BOLD TALK
ESPOO TALKs is a dynamic series that
offers insightful discourse on urban culture
and the future. Espoo Talks has featured
top experts from various fields
and witnesses of the future on an alternating
basis. The series, which was created
through cooperation between City
events Espoo and Radio Helsinki, has
included topics such as sports culture,
nature in the city, community, public art
and Espoo as a digital city. For example,
listen how cultural journalist Aleksis
Salusjärvi contemplates the
significance of identity for the
city and its inhabitants.
› The last episode of the 10-part series
on Radio Helsinki on Wed 22 August
at 10 a.m. The other episodes as
or via the Urban Espoo application.
› FATEFUL NOTES
TANGO DAY allows creative minds to
enjoy the welcoming beauty of tango.
The event warmly welcomes tango fanatics
and beginners alike. This concert
will bring people from Argentina
and Finland together to share a tango
or two. Unesco has protected the South
American tango as intangible cultural
The event begins with an open dance
class (suitable for beginners). The concert
is organised by the Agencia Latina
› Thu 23
3 h, incl.
AT KINO RIIHI
There is still time to visit the Glims
Farmstead Museum before the summer
season ends. On Sunday 26 August at
3–4.30 p.m., the special programme will
include Kino Riihi where you can watch
old films in an atmospheric barn.
› Glimsintie 1. The programme is
included in the entrance fee.
› TIPS FOR FEELING
COME AND LISTEN to the “Voi hyvin”
public lecture and pick the best advice
for your own use.
› “Voi hyvin” public lecture Wed 24
October 2018 at 5–7 p.m. Espoo Cultural
Centre, Louhisali. Free entrance. More
› KUTITUS SAILS TO THE SEA
THIS YEAR’S THEME of the Kutitus
festival is maritime adventures and
protection of the Baltic Sea and the
environment. The popular children’s
event offers a varied programme for
families with children at the Espoo
Cultural Centre in Tapiola and the
Children’s Arts Centre Aurora in
Järvenperä. The festival features,
for example, Dance Theatre
Hurjaruuth’s Flora & Fauna that
combines video art, music and dance
to create a video dance art piece
that you can dive into.
› Kutitus art
Wed 3 October–Sun
› RARE TOP OPERA
INTERNATIONAL Opera Company Finland begins
its operation with a top production in Sellosali.
Vincenzo Bellini’s rarely presented Norma will premiere
on 6 September, directed by Ville Saukkonen.
› Shows: Thu 6 September at 7 p.m., Sat 8
September at 4 p.m. and Sun 9 September at 6 p.m.
Duration 3 h, incl. intermission. Tickets from
EUR 39/35/30 + delivery fee, Lippupiste. Groups
and advance bookings: email@example.com/tel.
+358 40 528 8505.
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WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST-OCTOBER
who are still
looking for an
can try out
water polo this
In the future, the Wednesday afternoons of secondary school pupils
will be reserved for hobby activities. There will also be a wide range of
things to try out available if you have not yet found your own hobby.
THE CITY OF ESPOO is the first in
Finland to introduce an experiment
where the school day of all secondary
school pupils will end at the
latest at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The goal is to activate young people
to take up sports and cultural activities.
“Going forward, it will be possible
to arrange the practice sessions of
young people with goal-oriented
hobbies already in the afternoon.
This means that young people who
are training actively will also have
more time to spend with friends, for
homework and together with family
at least once a week with an evening
free of hobbies,” says Sports Coordinator
On the other hand, many young
people lack a hobby of their own altogether.
There are a variety of lowthreshold
options available, which
are now concentrated specifically to
“Young people are not bound to a
particular sport for the entire term,
but instead they can try out different
activities with the aim of as
many as possible finding a hobby
they like,” Miettinen explains.
FOR A START, nine types of sports
activities are included: ice hockey,
skating, football, basketball, floorball,
polo, track and field and fencing. For
those interested in culture, there
are media art workshops where you
can try photography, videotaping,
audio editing, green screen technology
and animation. Works are implemented
as projects lasting about
one month and you can jump in
whenever a new project starts.
“The media art workshops are
organised in cooperation with the
Espoo School of Art. The workshops
meet at the Entresse, Iso Omena,
Kalajärvi, Nöykkiö and Sello libraries,”
says Kaisa Koskela from
the Cultural Unit.
ENROLMENT for hobbies starts in
August through harrastushaku.fi.
There will also be other hobby options
available, such as billiards,
music, vlogging, cooking, handicrafts
and graffiti. Trying out hobbies
is free of charge.
› Ice Hockey
› Swimming/Water Polo,
› Audio Editing
› Green Screen Technology
› Table Tennis
› Girls’ Club
› Rap Workshop
› DJ Workshop
› Video + Vlogging
› Baking + Cooking
› Handicrafts: Ceramics,
Textile, Wood, Metal
› Console Games
› Moped Workshop
› Street Art
› Pokemon Go
› Exercise Experiments
is a safe
Espoo’s city structure is conducive to road safety. Safe solutions
are created already in town planning, street design and construction.
The ability to direct the city’s growth into new areas has allowed
Espoo to take safety and increasing traffic into account already in
the planning phase. For example, it has been possible to build under- and
overpasses for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, reducing high-risk locations.
The development of the main road network, such as Länsiväylä,
Turunväylä and the ring roads (Ring I, II and III), together with
the Finnish Transport Agency and the Uusimaa ELY Centre has
significantly reduced traffic accidents. On Ring I between Turunväylä
and Helsinki, the number of traffic accidents has decreased following the
improvement measures implemented in Espoo, such as adding lanes, and
especially after the measures in Helsinki between the Espoo border and
Vihdintie were completed in the spring of 2017. Between Turunväylä and
the Helsinki border, there were 24 traffic accidents in 2008 and five in
Accident tracking, statistics compilation and analysis are used to
gather information about sites where measures to improve safety
are needed the most. Messages and initiatives from the residents
also play an important role in this. In May, for example, the parents
of primary school pupils in Espoo were invited to reply to a survey about
the safety of their child’s school commute. Some 250 sites were listed
based on the replies, the safety situation of which has been reviewed during
the summer. However, the greatest risk factor found was the behaviour
of motorists in traffic.
Road safety in Espoo has
improved for seven years in
a row. Safety is affected by
planning solutions, development
of the road network
and individual decisions made
based on feedback from the
TEXT Tiina Parikka
FEWER ACCIDENTS THAN AVERAGE
RELATIVE TO POPULATION, approximately 60% less traffic accidents
occur in Espoo than throughout the country on average.
According to police statistics, in 2017, there were a total of 353
traffic accidents in Espoo, of which about 25% resulted in personal
injuries (89 pcs). Six people died and 112 people were injured
in the accidents involving a personal injury.
Of the accidents in 2017, 50% took place on roads and 38%
on the street network. Approximately 12% of all the accidents occurred
on private roads and other traffic areas.
Pedestrian, bicycle and moped accidents accounted for 17%
(31 pcs) of all the accidents.
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 15
AURORA HAS GROWN
INTO FULL BLOOM
Espoo Day events in
Aurora are organised
together with city
THE YARD of Children’s Arts Centre
Pikku-Aurora has been a construction
site for the summer. The name
of the centre, which is officially opening
its doors again on Espoo Day, is
simultaneously changing into Children’s
Arts Centre Aurora.
The estate is named after its
former owner, Aurora Karamzin (born
Stjernvall). The City of Espoo bough
the Järvenperä village estate Aurorasommarhemmet
in 1982, but it stood
cold and unused for a long time until
the project plan of Pikku-Aurora was
put into action in 2000.
OF THE estate’s three buildings, the
first to be renovated was the main
building named Art House in 2003,
and then the Estate Steward’s House
ten years later. The renovations of
the last building, the Dairy Complex,
were completed in late 2017, and a
reform of the yard was carried out
“We think that all the houses of the
arts centre will have their own spirit
and content theme in the future: the
Art House is for art, making and creativity
and the Estate Steward’s House
is for encounters, open activities, participation
and cooperation. The activities
of the Dairy Complex will focus on
performing arts, conferences and seminars
as well as private festive use,”
says Producer Johanna Kallioaho.
Aurora is a house for children and
families that also offers programme
for adults. In addition, facilities are
rented out to city residents for their
own events. The centre is also a
member of the Association of Finnish
Children’s Cultural Centers.
CULTURE CENTRE PIKKU-AURORA
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Espoo Day will once again
resound to evergreen melodies
at Heikintori, when the Espoo
Male Singers burst into song.
In addition to a two-part programme,
a pan will be heated
for traditional pancakes.
TEXT Hanna Ojanpää
You can still
get on board!
Events can sign up
until Espoo Day itself.
If it was up to Tero Turkka,
Chairman of the Espoo Male
Singers, 25 August would be
blessed with fair weather and 22
degrees. Helge Kõrvits, the Artistic
Director of the choir, has decided
not to take any chances with the
weather and has opted for weatherproof
”There are many familiar evergreens,
which are sure to sweep the
listeners along. It is important not to
sing too loudly when outside, so as
not to strain your voice. But you still
need to put your back into it,” says
The main choir of the Espoo Male
Singers includes 45 singers, whereas
the senior choir has 15 upholding
the tradition of Finnish war veterans.
On Espoo Day, the choir will
be around twenty singers strong.
Kõrvits regards the event as an enjoyable
opening for the autumn, and
a good way to publicise the choir’s
activities on a practical level.
HUNDREDS OF EVENTS. Espoo Day
was celebrated for the first time in
1992 and has been arranged as a
yearly urban event since 2010.
”As an Espoo choir, of course we
are involved during the event,” sums
up Turkka, explaining that the choir
has been involved in Espoo Day
Espoo Day is celebrated through
various events around the city. Last
year, Espoo Day was bigger than
ever: 75,000 visitors attended almost
300 events. In honour of Finland’s
100 anniversary, Espoo Day 2017 was
uniquely large-scale and one of the
largest programmes of the national
‘Together’ weekend. Over 3,000
people contributed to Espoo Day.
This year Espoo
Day will be a twoday
event held on 24 to
25 August. Single events are already
being announced; this can be
done until Espoo Day itself.
The Espoo Male Singers’ tent in
Heikintori will be open from 11am
to 1pm on Saturday. The half-hour
singing performances will be held
between 11am and 12 noon.
So pancakes will be offered again
this year. Do pancakes form part of
the Espoo Male Singers’ repertoire
at other events?
“No, they are exclusive to Espoo
Day in Tapiola.”
THE SONG NEVER FADES. The finishing
touches for the Espoo Day concert
will be made in a two-day singing
camp at the beginning of August.
“We will catch up on the summer
news, choose our pancake
flippers and then
sing our hearts out,” said
Kõrvits at midsummer.
”If you’re interested in singing,
why not find out about what we do
and buy a recording from our stand?
The Espoo Male Singers will celebrate
their 40th anniversary next
year: the choir will head to Japan for
a two-week singing tour in spring
2019. Strangely enough, one of the
concert days will mark 100 years
since diplomatic relations began between
Finland and Japan.
Although the choir highly values
its traditions, it also has a positive
attitude to change. This year, change
will come in the form of a slightly
thicker pancake mix.
Don’t miss these attractions:
SEE THE FULL
NALLEPOLKU – SATUJEN SILTA
(TEDDY TRAIL – FAIRYTALE BRIDGE)
› The Teddy Trail will take you on an
active trek into the world of fairytales
and late-summer nature.
★ Ystävyyden silta, Espoonlahti, 9am to
HOBBY HORSE COURSE
› Bring your own hobby horse or borrow
one from us. You can enter the course
from the outdoor terrace. No pre-registration.
Subject to weather conditions.
★ Pääkaupunkiseudun Kierrätyskeskus
(Reuse Centre), Suomenojan kauppa,
9am to 1pm.
STREET FOOD & MICROBREWERIES
TAPIOLA IN FLAVOURS
› A street food event brings the joy of
gastronomy to the centre of Tapiola.
Food trucks and local entrepreneurs will
fill the streets with their delicious treats.
Come and taste the new Tapiola beer
launched by Espoo microbreweries!
★ Tapiola Centre, Tuulikinilta/Taponaukio,
MOONLIGHT DANCES, FLEA
MARKET AND JUMBLE SALE
› A fantastic day in Soukka with live
music and delicious café fare, while exploring
a fascinating flea market and
jumble sale tables. Will move indoors in
the event of rainy weather.
★ Soukan elä ja asu -seniorikeskus,
4pm to 8.30pm.
POWER YOGA: SUN SALUTATION
› Learn about the power of yoga, which
both lengthens and strengthens the
muscles. A great way to start the day.
★ Tanssistudio Liike, 9am to 9.45am.
FINNISH SCHOOL OF
KOULU) OPEN DAY
› Individually-designed watches on display,
you can follow the work of students
in the classrooms, public lecture
on watchmaking at 11am, identification
of old precious metal stamps, and you
can try out the perlage technique in the
★ Kelloseppäkoulu, 10am to 2pm.
FINNISH NATURE DAY IN HALTIA
› The day’s theme is mushrooms: recipes,
scientific mushrooming, music, excursions,
tasting, games, mushroom exhibition.
★ Finnish Nature Centre Haltia and its
surroundings, 11am to 3pm.
ESPOO SHORELINE MARATHON,
› Run along the beautiful Shoreline Marathon
Route in September. You can run
the whole route (21.1km) or explore a tenkilometre
run. Several speed groups to
choose from. For further details see rantamaraton.fi/in-english
★ Otaniemi Sports field (Otaniemi urheilukenttä),
SAMULI PENTTI SAMULI PENTTI JUSSI HELLSTEN
Forneldarnas Natt, night of ancient
The Trapesan Catwalk was featured at
Espoo Day 2017.
UP IN EARLY
Nuori Espoo (Young Espoo) live
SWEDISH IN ESPOO
City Theatre’s Erik Söderblom aims to
ESTABLISH ESPOO AS
A CULTURAL CENTRE
“Of all the theatres in the Capital Region, Espoo City Theatre is the best placed to rise to today’s
challenges,” says Erik Söderblom, who was appointed the theatre’s Artistic Director a year ago. The
new space that the City Theatre will eventually occupy will enable Espoo to become a unique cultural
city, capable of hosting the kind of major international productions that currently pass Finland by.
”CULTURE AND THE ECONOMIC
SECTOR NEED EACH OTHER.”
Espoo City Theatre markets
itself as the country’s international
stage – ‘The International
Theatre of Finland’.
The theatre’s programme is based
on both domestic and international
guest performances, alongside its
own productions. Sweden and Estonia
are close partners in terms of
guest performances. The City Theatre
does not have a permanent ensemble
of its own, but engages artists
on a project basis, which allows
for flexibility in planning.
“Finland is becoming increasingly
international; in the Capital Region
there are now more people who
communicate in English than there
are people living in Turku. Espoo is
now practically a trilingual area,”
“Until now, English speakers have
not had their own theatre scene.
From autumn, all of our performances
in Finnish will be translated
and subtitled in English. Foreign
guest performances that are subtitled
in Finnish will in future be subtitled
in both Finnish and English.”
“INTERNATIONALLY, the entire theatre
scene is undergoing major
changes, with the blending of different
art forms. Dramatic theatre is
being combined with physical performance,
music, circus and dance.
New technology is giving virtual reality
a larger role,” says Söderblom.
“Such performances are limited
by the space available. In the Capital
Region, there is not a single stage
that is large enough to accommodate
major international productions
– the nearest are in Tallinn and
Stockholm. Helsinki’s large theatres
and Opera House have set repertoires
and are unable to host guest
“Espoo has every opportunity to
be a pioneer in this field. The arts
need a focal point and the city has
chosen to concentrate its cultural
offering in Tapiola, with the EMMA
museum of modern art and Espoo
Cultural Centre, which plays host to
the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Espoo
THE CITY THEATRE stages its own productions
at Revontuli Hall, while
guest performances are held at
Louhi Hall in the Cultural Centre.
In a few years, the Cultural Centre
will undergo extensive renovation
and expansion. When it reopens in
2025, the City Theatre will not only
have Louhi Hall, but also its own
large hall, which will replace Revontuli
According to Söderblom, the performance
areas in Revontuli Hall
are acceptable, but the building was
not constructed for theatrical use
and the audience areas in particular
could be better. The new hall will
have up to 700 seats and is tailored
to the City Theatre’s needs.
“The construction project provides
a unique opportunity. We
have been in dialogue with the
city’s building department since
last autumn with regard to the design
of the theatre. A theatre is part
building, part business – like a musical
instrument: it’s not enough to
construct a violin, you also have to
make it play a tune.”
In June, five groups were announced
to go forward in an architectural
competition for the new
Cultural Centre. The winning proposal
will be decided in early 2019.
“If everything works out, Espoo
will be very different to how it is
today: a centre for a particular type
of culture in Finland. Culture and
the economic sector need each
other,” says Söderblom.
THE REPERTOIRE at Espoo City Theatre
this autumn contains a couple
of guest performances of particular
The 200th anniversary of the
birth of Zachris Topelius is celebrated
on 5 November in the musical
drama ‘Snow King and the
Black Madonna’ – a production by
the Seinäjoki Opera Association and
Seinäjoki City Orchestra.
“It is a kind of scenic oratorio
based on Topelius’s own texts,
written and performed in Finnish,
Swedish, German and Latin. The
performance is subtitled in Finnish
In November, there are three performances
of the co-production ‘All
The Sex I’ve Ever Had’, which is presented
by Canadian group Mammalian
Diving Reflex. On stage, ordinary
Finnish senior citizens tell all
about their sex lives and romantic
“Anyone aged 65 or over can register
to join the production,” encourages
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 21
THE PEOPLE OF ESPOO
ENCOURAGING BOYS TO READ
Boys’ long-term reading has decreased, and it competes for attention with games
and films. But #boysreadtoo when the story in the book is interesting enough.
MATIAS PYLVÄNÄINEN, 12, knows
a lot about monsters. In the first
grade, he read a book called the
Monster Handbook from the
school’s bookshelf. A couple of
years later, he found the thrilling
Monster Nanny and its sequel Monster
Route from the library.
“Monster Nanny has good characters,
and my classmates also
started reading it thanks to my
tip”, says Matias who attends Ymmersta
“I also like the Diary of a Wimpy
Kid series, it has fun characters and
Matias’ bookshelf at home also
has books in his second native language,
“My favourite is my mother’s
old A Pál utcai fiúk (The Paul Street
Boys). In it, the boys are fighting
over an area where they want to
ACCORDING TO library assistant
Petri Saarela, 34, the long-term
reading of boys has decreased with
the increase in different screen
time. Interesting content is required
from books. According to
Saarela, boys get excited about
humour, fantasy, science fiction
and non-fiction as well as horror,
thrillers and detective stories.
“For boys, I suggest books with
modern language, striking dialogue
and a fairly fast-paced story,”
says Saarela who works at the Lastenmaa
children’s section of Sello
Boys are also attracted to
reading through library events, for
example, by bringing science fiction
literature to a sci-fi event. The
campaign is running on social
media, and efforts are made to
spark boys’ interest in book stories
at book talk events.
“For example, boys may be fans
of a game that is based on a book
series. For games, there are also
books that expand on the game
world’s background or provide
guidance on game tactics.”
MATIAS READS during reading lessons
at school, on the couch at
home and in libraries. Now he is
browsing Siri Pettersen’s Bubble
in the Kauniainen library.
“I read a couple of books a
month. I borrow the next volume
of book series, and with new books
I check the cover image and the
text on the back cover first. After
Bubble, I plan to read The Trials of
Morrigan Crow, which is called the
new Harry Potter. Dad already read
the Potter series to me and my big
brother as bedtime stories.”
PETRI SAARELA’S BOOK
TIPS FOR BOYS:
› Riina and Sami Kaarla: Arttu Tirttu herää henkiin
› Timo Parvela & Bjørn Sortland: Kepler62 series
› Neil Gaiman: Fortunately, the Milk
› Jari Mäkipää: Masi Tulppa: Pääsy kielletty!
› Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
› Patrick Ness: A Monster Calls
ESPOO MAGAZINE 3/2018 >> 23
Admission to the
Espoo Day events is
at all times.
For information on more than
200 events and experiences,