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Tampere-talo Group shows its support for Ukraine. We have opened our hearts and our facilities for charity, offering spaces for fundraising and visibility, as well as providing cultural experiences for refugees. We strive to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy culture and experiences, while supporting Ukrainian artists in continuing their important work. Welcome to join us in supporting the common good!

Tampere-talo kesällä, kuva: Laura Vanzo

Help for Ukraine! – Benefit Concert on March 16, 2022

Tuki Ukrainalle

The art institutions of Tampere wanted to show support for Ukraine promptly after the conflict began and organized a multidisciplinary support concert for the victims of the Ukrainian crisis at Tampere Hall in collaboration with their partners. The concert was hosted by actors Petra Karjalainen and Panu Raipia, and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Jan Söderblom. The support concert featured a wide range of artists, including aerial acrobats from Sorin Circus and actors from Tampere Theatre and Tampere Workers’ Theatre. The program included excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” suite and Reinhold Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Baritone Tommi Hakala performed the monologue from “The Flying Dutchman”, and the concert concluded with Jean Sibelius’s symphonic poem “Pohjolan tytär” (“The Daughter of Pohjola”).

With the support concert ticket, attendees could visit the Moomin Museum located in Tampere Hall throughout the concert day. Sara Hildén Art Museum, Vapriikki, and Tampere Hall’s partners AiCan and Akun Tehdas were also involved in the project, allowing the proceeds from the concert to be directed in full through the Finnish Red Cross to those most in need. The funds donated to the Finnish Red Cross disaster fund secured people’s basic needs. The Finnish Red Cross provided water, food, shelter, and health services, as well as assistance in search and rescue efforts. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers were present during the support concert at the Tampere Hall foyer.

The concert was made possible by Aamulehti, AiCan, Akun Tehdas, Lippupiste, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Sorin Circus, Finnish Red Cross Tampere Chapter, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Tampere, Tampere Comedy Theatre, Tampere Opera, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere Hall, Tampere Theatre, Tampere Workers’ Theatre, and Vapriikki.

The Ukrainian National Ballet of Odessa Tour

Ukrainan kansallisbaletin kiertue kuva, jossa ballerina. Tuki Ukrainalle.

In December 2022, we made another significant gesture by supporting The Ukrainian National Ballet of Odessa when its production was at risk of cancellation due to the bankruptcy of the original organizer. Tampere Hall’s CEO, Paulina Ahokas, was at the forefront to ensure that Ukrainian artists could continue their work. Finnish Red Cross volunteers were present at the ballet performances, and we also ensured that local Ukrainians could enjoy this cultural extravaganza.

“We look forward to the tour in Finland. The war in Ukraine has made our work difficult, and we are extremely grateful to be able to present our ballet in Finland. We come to Finland to dance for freedom and peace. With our performance, we want to make possible what we dream of,” said the group’s ballet dancer Irena Muradova about her feelings before the tour.

Tampere Hall enabled the entire Finnish tour of the national ballet, and some performances were sold out as Finns showed their support.

The tour stopped in Hyvinkää, Jyväskylä, Mikkeli, Lahti, Helsinki, Turku, Lappeenranta, Oulu, and Tampere.

Price of Freedom -Photo Exhibition

In the lobby of Tampere Hall, the “Price of Freedom” photo exhibition was held from March 6 to March 19, 2023, to mark the first anniversary of the war. In addition to the photographs, there was also an international “Unissued Diplomas” exhibition showcasing Ukrainian students’ diplomas that were never issued.

The photo exhibition highlighted the sorrow and loss experienced by Ukrainians while emphasizing the support and common resistance they offered to each other. It also featured images of Ukraine before the Russian invasion, reminding us of how conflict can destroy lives and countries in an instant – right in the heart of Europe.

The photos in the exhibition were sourced from the Ukrainian Professional Photographers Association, the Ukraїner media project, and individual photographers. The Ukrainian Association in Tampere, Finland, and the Ukrainian Association in Helsinki, Finland, collaborated with Tampere Hall to organize the exhibition.

Complimentary Tickets and Staff Christmas Card Fund

Tampere Hall has donated tickets through Tampere Ukraina-Talo to local Ukrainians for various events, such as the Ukrainian National Ballet and the Dinosaur Summer Exhibition. The purpose of these ticket donations is to provide an opportunity for those who have faced difficult circumstances in their home country to access culture and experiences. We aim to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy culture and experiences.

Additionally, the staff of Tampere Hall voted to direct the proceeds from the 2022 Christmas card fund through the Finnish Red Cross to the victims of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine Benefit: “Languages of Burnt Souls” Support Concert

The screenshot is from the documentary film “Languages of Burnt Souls,” directed by Maksym Tuzovin and produced by Maksym Filatov, which premieres worldwide at the concert.

Tampere Hall and the Ukrainians of Tampere association organized the Ukraine Benefit Support Concert in the Small Auditorium of Tampere Hall on Saturday, December 9th. The event was made possible by partners such as Akun Tehdas,, and Tampere Philharmonic.

The proceeds from the concert enabled Ukrainians of Tampere to acquire and deliver self-heating active blankets to the crisis area in Ukraine. Active blankets are crucial in conflict situations to prevent hypothermia in surgical environments, and they are used before, during, and after surgery.

The support concert featured a string quartet composed of musicians from the Tampere Philharmonic, who performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet from 1960. During the concert, the world premiere of the documentary film “Languages of Burnt Souls” took place, which tells of the devastation caused by the Russian invasion war in Ukraine. The film, conceived and produced by violinist Maksym Filatov, won an award at the IMVA Music Video Competition in Budapest. The condensed version of the documentary highlighted the cost of war and the importance of fighting for peace.

Ukrainian dance and vocal ensemble Gutsulia

Ukrainalainen tanssi- ja lauluyhtye Volyn

The Gutsulia concert offered an unforgettable journey into the heart of Ukrainian culture at the Small Auditorium of Tampere Hall in February 2024. The ensemble showcased traditional Ukrainian folk dances from various regions, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the country’s rich musical and dance heritage. The program featured nine talented artists who flourished on stage, highlighting the diversity of Ukrainian art.

However, the event was more than just entertainment; it was also a gesture of support for Ukrainian artists during difficult times. Participants showed their solidarity with Ukrainian artists who are struggling in challenging circumstances.

Sustainability at Tampere-talo Group

Tampere-talo kesällä, kuva: Laura Vanzo

Our event company’s business is based on events and encounters – moments that contribute to and enhance the well-being of people and the environment in our society.

We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals under Agenda 2030, and we work every day, taking into account the environment, people, and the economy equally, aiming for sustainable development.