The reason for remote Vappu is that the regulations on limiting gatherings due to the coronavirus situation remain in force. Therefore, an important rule is that no physical events are organised and all gatherings should be avoided.
Instead, spring will be celebrated at home via remote access. In addition to traditional Vappu activities arranged by student associations, activities and entertainment can be found in virtual concerts and vappulive-happenings.
- My own Vappu traditions include gathering at the Art Museum Hill, listening to the Vappu speech and of course enjoying a picnic. This year, Vappu will be celebrated at home. Putting student caps on can be enjoyed as a remote event and we can raise a virtual toast for spring, says Mayor of Turku Minna Arve.
- People should not gather to celebrate Vappu or have picnics in big groups. In accordance with the Government recommendation, spending time at public spaces unnecessarily should be avoided. When everyone obeys the instructions and restrictions, our collaborative effort will help our society return to normal everyday life as soon as possible, says Superintendent Stephan Sundqvist from the Southwest Finland Police Department.
Vappu activities of student associations on social media
All student associations in Turku will organise their Vappu events as remote activities and gatherings are not recommended in any form.
The TYYlikäs vappu event of the Student Union of the University of Turku adheres to the traditional Vappu schedule as precisely as possible even virtually. On Vappu Eve, students will enjoy punch on balconies and on Vappu Day it’s time for a home picnic. The statue Lilja gets a traditional washing and student cap and a Vappu speech will be given in the form of a video greeting.
The traditional Vappu Eve parade will be seen in the form of a video on the social media channels of the Student Union of the University of Turku at 5 pm. The traditional moment of putting student caps on will be preceded by music at 5:30 performed by Sohon Torwet and Turku University Choir. Yle Turku live broadcast via Yle Areena from 5:50 pm onwards will feature the recorded speech of Sofia Engblom, Chair of the Executive Board at the Student Union of the University of Turku, and student caps will then be put on. The speech will be broadcasted live through Turun Wappuradio.
Turun Wappuradio will help listeners to get into Vappu mood between 23 April and 30 April. An interdisciplinary campus radio is available at www.turunwappuradio.com for online listening, radio frequency 93.8 MHz.
Entertainment and culture
A safe way to start your Vappu is by following the Vappu coffee live of Turku City Library on 30 April from 10 am to 11 am. The event organised on the Instagram account of Turku City Library will feature many faces seen during the library’s coffee mornings and a few new acquaintances from behind the scenes at the library. You can expect live music, paper streamer and discussions on the traditions and history of student Vappu.
The virtual concert of Turku Rock Academy at 7 pm on Vappu Eve will feature the artist Kappe who plays acoustic rock. Artist Dimma that mixes different music genres will perform at 9 pm. Also the previously streamed gigs can be found on the YouTube channel of Rock Academy.
Vappu at home will also be enhanced by the Chamber music live of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. During the Vappu Matinee on 1 May, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing easy listening favourites at 3 pm. Offer some mead and doughnuts to spectators at home and enjoy the Vappu Day through music.
Activities for the whole family
On the Instagram account of Vimma Art and Activity Centre for Youth, Vappu celebrations last throughout the week. Live Präkäämö is preparing for Vappu at home on Monday 27 April by crafting Vappu decorations to wear and to embellish your home with. Make funny hats for the whole family! New craft tips are published every day from Tuesday to Friday. For instance, you will learn how to make easy Vappu decorations out of newspapers and decorated mead bottles to celebrate the living room picnic of Vappu Day.
In the remote art workshop of Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto on 30 April, a Vappu animal will be crafted from materials found at home. You can follow the story of a giant living in Pääskyvuori caves on the Instagram of Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto. The giant is tired of lonely life and wants to join the instructors at Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto.
On Vappu Eve, you can join a Vappu exercise session offered by Turku Sports Services from 9:30 am to 10 am on the Facebook page of Impivaara Swimming Centre. You need a bottle of mead as equipment. A video on how to exercise outdoors responsibly and maintain safety distances will also be published for Vappu.
Vappu for adolescents
The open CSGO 1v1 tournament of the Youth Services is organised on Vappu Eve at 4 pm. The playful tournament is streamed on Turku Game Academy’s Discord channel. Movie tickets will be given as tournament prizes.
Lots of services and activities will be offered to adolescents during Vappu week. Mental support and things to do in the digital world can be found on the page of Youth Services at www.turku.fi/en/youth.
On Vappu Eve, there will be three outreach work pairs moving around the streets of Turku to talk with adolescents. These trained youth workers move around the Halinen area and the city centre. In city centre, they can be contacted by phone (Merja, tel. +358 50 5907671 and Eveliina, tel. +358 40 617 5754).
Share your Vappu photos with the hashtag #vappukotona
Capture your own ways to celebrate remote Vappu in Turku and share them on social media with the hashtag #vappuathome by tagging @cityofturku. Photos with the best Vappu atmosphere at home will be awarded with surprises.