Uniarts Helsinki’s students, teachers and alumni get to show off their talent through the versatile Uniarts Fest on Friday, 22 September, on the university’s Sörnäinen campus. The event starts off with the opening of the university’s academic year from 14:00 to 15:30 and continues with Uniarts Fest. There is no admission fee to any content of the programme.
Various fields are represented in the event, ranging from music to fine arts, theatre and dance. The public also has the chance to join guided tours to get to know the Sörnäinen campus facilities and places that are usually closed to visitors.
Discussions on building blocks of the future
The discussion portion of the programme features interesting guests reflecting on the building blocks of the future: What does the future of wellbeing and happiness look like? Can imperfection be outsourced to AI? And how can the built environment create wellbeing?
In addition to Uniarts Helsinki’s Alumni of the Year who will be awarded their title during the event, guest speakers in the four discussions include AI expert Mikko Koskinen, newly-appointed Theatre Academy Dean Otso Huopaniemi, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, MPs Minja Koskela and Fatim Diarra and journalist Niclas Storås.
Arts all over the campus
The festival day will be filled with versatile performances taking place in various facilities on the Sörnäinen campus. No tickets need to be reserved – the audience can just drop in and enjoy the arts.
The Kuva/Tila gallery, located at street level of Mylly, will host a BFA Exhibition showcasing students’ art.
The music portion of the programme for Uniarts Fest offers everything from classical music and guitar concerts to folk singing and a folk music parade.
In addition to concerts, the programme also includes dance, theatre and performance pieces as well as video and sound art.
The evening continues at Restaurant Tanner with an open afterparty. The kitchen at Tanner will stay open until 22:00. Attendees will be treated to danceable music performed by members of the Uniarts Helsinki community.
The fifth-ever arts festival
Uniarts Helsinki’s arts festival was organised for the first time at the Helsinki Music Centre in June 2019 under the name Feel Helsinki, and it attracted over 5,500 visitors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the events took place at the Helsinki Music Centre, while some content was made available virtually. This year, the festival will be organised for the second time on Uniarts Helsinki’s Sörnäinen campus under the name Uniarts Fest. The event is also a chance to celebrate the university’s tenth anniversary.