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Upcoming Events

cbetts   22.06.2010, klo 15:00, by Chris Betts  

Upcoming events looking to bring more tourism and people to Oulu to enjoy the summer sun and the beautiful landscape of this upcoming international city.

Start your headbanging early with a little help from Finnkino cinema on Tuesday, June 22, at 20.00.  The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax is a one-night only, live concert screening of four of the biggest names in heavy metal history.  The 35€ ticket price might not get you crowd surfing but will get you a front row seat to the action.  Finnkino’s website can be found at http://www.finnkino.fi/movie/7227/.

Other musical events this week include a performance by the Northern Armed Forces Band on Wednesday, June 23 at 12.00 in Rotuaari, free admission; a Summer Evening Concert at Ylikiiminki Church, Thursday, June 24, at 20.00 with Tom Rahko on trombone and Outi Nissi on piano; and a free concert by 70s-inspired Felis Domesticus at club 45 Special on Sunday, June 27 at 23.00.

Dance the night away with some traditional Finnish dancing at Hietasaari’s open-air dance floor, Hietasaari tanssimajakka, Hietasaarentie 13, every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer from 20.30-2.00.  Hietasaari tanssimajakka boasts some of the country’s best artists and orchestras.  Tickets are 13€ per person, sometimes slightly more for more popular events.  Special performances will be given by Janne Tulkki and Ilta orchestra on Friday, June 25 and Marko Lämsä & Thunderball on Saturday, June 26.

Go Arctic! tour operator starts their weekly program this week, offering English language-friendly activities all through the summer.  Guided walking tours of the city in English depart every Thursday at 15.00 from City Hall, free of charge.  Guided sightseeing bus tours of the city in English and Finnish leave every Saturday at 15.00 from City Hall, free of charge.

Learn to dig history (literally!) with Go Arctic!’s excursion to Kierikki Stone Age Centre which leaves every Saturday at 11.00 from the Toripoliisi statue in the Oulu Marketplace.  Highlights of this open-air museum and indoor exhibition center include a reconstructed Stone Age village, hands-on activities that give a better view of life in pre-historical Finland, and even the chance to participate in archaeological excavations.  Booking with Go Arctic! provides you with transportation to and from the museum and covers the entrance fee.  Tickets are 25€ for adults, 22€ for students and pensioners, and 20€ for children and can be bought in advance from Oulu Tourist Information, Torikatu 10, or at the bus.

More information about the Kierikki Stone Age Centre can be found at http://www.kierikki.fi/sivu/en/kierikkikeskus/. For more information about Go Arctic!’s other activities, go to http://www.goarctic.fi/en/homepage/.

Tar Burning at Turkansaari

Celebrate mid-summer with a couple of family-friendly events.  Turkansaari open-air museum is hosting a night of mid-summer celebration on Friday, June 25, at 18.00, which includes entertainment for children and music.  Be sure to catch the activities surrounding tar production at the museum as Tar-Burning Week kicks off on Friday.  Tickets are 10€ / 7€ / 3€.

(information thanks to 65 Degrees north)

This is the upcoming events more to come but their is alot happening, and I plan to go on this walking tour this thursday so pictures and info to put up soon :D

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