30.04.2022 - 11:00 to 01.05.2022 - 16:00
Taidemuseonmäki and Vartiovuorenmäki
Taidemuseonmäki and Vartiovuorenmäki

May Day, it's making a comeback!

Get your mead brewing, find your student caps from the dusty shelves, sew all your patches, fetch you picnic blankets from the summer storage... It's time for May Day to rise from the ashes and spread its wings to its former glory. Come witness the May Day comeback on 30.4.-1.5.!

May Day or "Vappu" is the Finnish version of Labour Day that we celebrate to honour working people. It is also the biggest student festival of the year, bringing together tens of thousands of students and other citizens of Turku.

April 30 at 17:30, the whole city gathers at the hill of Turku Art Museum to listen to music and speeches. At 6pm sharp, we all put on our students caps (ylioppilaslakki). The moment when thousands of students and alumni with their caps have gathered at Aurakatu is by far the most impressive part of Vappu, so you definitely don’t want to miss this moment! After the "capping" (Fin. "lakitus"), Vappu celebration continues at 18:30 in the Runeberg Park where dental students will wash the Lilja Statue.

For students, the day starts a bit earlier. Student organizations traditionally offer Vappu punches to drink around campus.

May 1 at 11-16, students and other citizens gather at Vartiovuorenmäki for a Vappu picnic. After all the Vappu extravaganza during the previous night, it's time to enjoy spring time in a relaxed atmosphere, eat traditional Vappu food and drink some mead (Sima) with friends.


However, May Day celebrations start way before the month's end. All sub-organisations' May Day events will be collected in one place: Stay tuned by following the TYYlikäs Vappu -Facebook page!

Aurakatu is under renovation, but that won't stop May Day - as long as we act carefully!

On April 30, as we gather at Taidemuseonmäki, let's mind the construction site and move around it carefully. The area for the event is smaller than usual due to the construction and only parts of Aurakatu are in use. Near the Turku Art Museum and in front of it, there'll be more room to spread around. Puolala park is also a good location to press your cap on the top of your head. You can also follow the Taidemuseonmäki events on TYY's social media pages

On May 1, you'll find proper first aid firefighting equipment at TYY's stand. SPR's first aid team and X-Sec's security stewards are there to keep the event safe. Check out the piknik map for exit routes and an accessible route! There is an accessible toilet at the event.

Easiest route to the event is from the direction of Läntinen pitkäkatu. That way you'll avoid most of the construction site. X-Sec is on site to keep you safe.


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