Super weekend of events 17 – 19 MAY 2019

For one weekend in mid-May, the city centre and university area of Jyväskylä will fill with the colour and joy of Finnish Church Gathering (Church Days) together with the Felm Mission Festival. The festivities on Saturday night will be joined by Jyväskylä’s own annual Yläkaupungin Yö festival. Come and enjoy!

The programme for the Church Days weekend provides something for public and professionals alike.

03941-tuomiokirkon-portaillaChurch Market

As part of the Church Days celebration on 17 –18 May 2019 in Jyväskylä, a colourful Church Market will be erected as a place where organisations, Church Days partners and companies from a variety of fields can display their diverse products and services to the Church Days public. Admission to the Church Market is free. The Church Market, located on Kauppakatu, is open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on Friday, 17 May and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, 18 May.

Hope Despite Drought. Photography exhibition by Laura Malmivaara and Felm

Finnish photographer and actress Laura Malmivaara visited Felm´s development co-operation projects in Kishapu, Tanzania in September 2018. Malmivaara photographed girls and women that she encountered in the villages during the trip. The result was the Hope Despite Drought exhibition on display in the Lobby Gallery of the Craft Museum of Finland during 15–19 May 2019. Read more The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the Craft Museum of Finland: Wed, Thu and Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Partiopuisto (Scout park) – a camp atmosphere in the town centre

For the Church Days weekend in Jyväskylä, the Scouts will set up an urban tent camp in Church Park. The public is welcome to drop by the tent village to learn more about scouting skills and revisit their own scouting memories. Read more The urban camp of the regional association of the Guides and Scouts of Finland will remain in Church Park, Jyväskylä from Friday until Saturday evening. Find out more about scouting activities at the different activity points. The Finnish Broadcasting Company will record the evening prayer from the camp on Friday.

Art exhibition ‘Matkalla’

Omenapuu cultural centre, Vapaudenkatu 24, open Fri, 17 May 4–7 p.m., Sat, 18 May 3–9 p.m. and Sun, 19 May 2–6 p.m.

The exhibition is Marjo Kalavainen’s second solo exhibition and features works made from paper, wire and recycled materials. The theme of the exhibition is change. Along the journey, one may have to surrender something or dare to try something new. The journey may also represent a personal quest for something important, a need for silence or the courage to join with others. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.

Gospelia kaikille! Mass Choir concert (admission fee)

Friday, 17 May, 8–9 p.m., Party tent, Seminar Hill, Keskussairaalantie 4

Immediately following the joint opening of the Church Days and Felm Mission Festival on Friday night, the concert stage will be graced by talents including Pekka Simojoki, Johanna Försti, Ida Elina, Eve & Ossi-duo, Mirkka Paajanen, Eva Alonen and Make Perttilä band. Read more

Night-time hymn sing

Friday, 17 May, 10–11 p.m. – free of charge, Jyväskylä City Church, Church Park

We welcome all to get acquainted with the tradition of the Hymns of Zion and to nurture silence through psalms. This meditative hymn sing takes place on a late spring night in Jyväskylä City Church and is led by Katariina Airas, the music secretary of the Awakening Society (Herättäjä-Yhdistys). Read more

Hymns and wine

Friday, 17 May, 10 p.m. – free of charge, Lower level of the Student Union House Ilokivi, Keskussairaalantie 2

The official after-party for Church Days takes place at the legendary Ilokivi restaurant in the Student Union House. The music is provided by the Gospel Covertajat group, with their great adaptations of both well-known and less familiar hymns. This event is intended for adults. Read more

Activities and stories of hope

Saturday, 18 May, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. – free of charge, U2 sports hall, Pitkäkatu 2

The University hill and Mäki-Matti Family Park offer a range of diverse activities for families and school-aged children, all day Saturday starting at 10 a.m. The programme in the Family Park is part of the overall family programme of the Yläkaupungin yö festival. The walk between the Family Park and the sports hall can be done with the help of a map. Read more

Musical cafeteria

Saturday, 18 May, 12 noon–2 p.m. – free of charge, Aseman Pysäkki volunteer centre, Hannikaisenkatu 29

Church Resources Agency’s charity organisation Kotimaanapu and local food banks (the Finnish Blue Ribbon assocation, ViaDia, Jyväskylä Street Mission and the parish’s diaconal services) will hold a mission dinner intended for low-income diners, complete with good music, at the Aseman Pysäkki volunteer centre on Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The music for the event will be provided by Ilpo Kaikkonen.

Fill the park with song!

Saturday, 18 May, 3:30–5 p.m. – free of charge, Lounaispuisto park, 40100 Jyväskylä

Join this group singing event to sing favourites by Apulanta and Abba as well as beloved songs from your school days, and to listen to choirs from Central Finland. The event is free for all participants and is part of the joint production of the Yläkaupungin yö festival and Church Days. Read more

Common Responsibility Campaign Concert – feat. Olavi Uusivirta

Saturday, 18 May, 6:30–7:15 p.m. – free of charge, Party tent, Seminar Hill, Keskussairaalantie 4

The Common Responsibility Campaign Concert on Saturday evening features one of the shining stars of Finnish rock, Olavi Uusivirta. The concert offers an opportunity to make a donation to this year’s Common Responsibility Fundraising Campaign, which supports the schooling of children and youth in Finland and the world’s disaster areas. Read more

Epic Night of the Arts

Saturday, 19 May, 6:30–7:45 p.m. – free of charge, Main stage at Jyväskylä City Theatre, Vapaudenkatu 36

Choir Tulus harmonises on hymns, Jakaranda jams with a Southern African feel and Xaris Finland dances with a means of expression that’s full of hope. The hostess for the event is the multitalented Rosa Nyman. The evening offers stories of hope, such as the work being carried out with disabled children in Cambodia, with the help of, among others, disabled artists from the Epic Arts organisation.

Songs of the promised land – Jaakko Löytty & Lux Auribus

Saturday, 18 May, 8:30–9:30 p.m. – free of charge, Lounaispuisto park, Lounaispuisto park

Jaakko Löytty and the Taulumäki Church choir, Lux Auribus, led by Kimmo Tuuri, perform spiritual music derived from the African American tradition. Löytty’s songs have Finnish lyrics and guitar accompaniment. The Lux Auribus choir sings in English with accompaniment by pianist András Szabó. In this joint performance, the audience is treated to a few pieces from Löytty’s programme that have been adapted for this event.

View full program in Finnish