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Vappu Will Be Celebrated at Home – Things to Do from Crafting a Vappu Hat to Enjoying a Picnic on Your Balcony

#vappuathome The state of emergency caused by coronavirus also affects the celebrations of Vappu, the biggest national carni-val of spring. This year, we will stay at home but celebrate together. There are enough remote activities to last for several days.

- 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.

The reason for remote Vappu is that the regulations on limiting gatherings due to the coronavirus situation re-main 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 are offered for example by the City of Turku Recreation Division. 

- 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.

The City of Turku will not deliver bins, portable toilets or dumpsters to parks as it would normally do. The re-mote Vappu will not cause any route or schedule changes to Föli transport.  On Thursday, Föli services run ac-cording to the normal schedule while on Vappu Day 1 May, the holiday schedule is in force.

A different kind of Vappu connects us

Higher education institutions in Turku and their student associations are strongly committed to celebrating Vappu responsibly. However, the atmosphere doesn’t have to fall short.

- Now is a good time to come up with ways to express communality safely from your own yard, balcony or sofa. Virtual activities are offered through different channels. In this way, we take care of our own health and the health of others, says Vice Rector of Turku University of Applied Sciences Juhani Soini.

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 Stu-dent Union of the University of Turku at 5 pm. The traditional moment of putting student caps on will be pre-ceded 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 broad-casted live through Turun Wappuradio.  

Turun Wappuradio will help listeners to get into Vappu mood between 23 April and 30 April. An interdiscipli-nary campus radio is available at for online listening, radio frequency 93.8 MHz.  

Student overalls are part of Vappu and the Student Union is hoping all current students and alumni to hang their student overall on balconies or windows so that they are visible from the outside. 

The speech given by the Chair of the Board at Åbo Akademis Studentkår Matias Martelin can be heard on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Åbo Akademi at 6:20 pm. At 6:30 you can then begin to watch the Vappu programme of Yle. The programme has subtitles in Finnish and includes material from archives, interviews and music. Performers include Brahe Djäknar ja Florakören and Michael Monroe will also join as a guest.  

The EpäWabu event of TUO, the Student Union of Turku University of Applied Sciences, will be held on Face-book. The Chairperson of TUO Jade Tähtinen will give a speech that can be heard on Turun Wappuradio at 5:15 pm on Vappu Eve. Afterwards, from 6 pm onwards, a Party Game Night with remote games and hanging out will be organised on TUO ‘s Discord channel.
Turku University of Applied Sciences student radio Radio Tutka offers relaxed Vappu-themed student action on Vappu Eve afternoon on their Instagram account @radio_tutka. There are also guests and participatory activities.

The website of the City of Turku contains more information on remote Vappu activities, e.g. in the form of concerts, activities for the whole family and adolescents.

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.
Further information and links to all #vappuathome events can be found at

For more Vappu activities, check the virtual events found in Turku events calendar.

Further information:

  • City of Turku, Director of Communications Saara Malila, tel. +358 44 907 5710
  • City of Turku, Risk Manager Heikki Vähäkuopus, tel. +358 44 907 3588
  • Southwest Finland Police Department, Superintendent Stephan Sundqvist, tel. +358 295 444 748
  • Student Union of the University of Turku, Event Producer Laura Forsman, tel. +358 44 780 4311
  • Åbo Akademis Studentkår, Chairperson of the Board Matias Martelin, tel. +358 50 401 3524
  • Student Union of Turku University of Applied Sciences, Chairperson of the Board Jade Tähtinen tel. +358 45 670 5011
  • City of Turku, Recreation Division, Marketing Manager Kirsi Storckovius, tel. +358 40 480 3521
  • City of Turku, Recreation Division, Youth Services Director Annina Lehtiö-Vainio, tel. +358 50 554 6127