Welcome to Unforgettable UTU100 Carnival on 27 Feb 2020!

The 100th anniversary of the University of Turku is celebrated in an outdoors event called the UTU100 Carnival on Thursday, 27 February. The celebration starts at the square between the Old Academy Building and Turku Cathedral at 6.00pm. Members of the University community, citizens of Turku as well as visitors are invited to this family-friendly event.

The motto of the University of Turku is “From a free people to free science”. It refers to the fund-raising campaign organised by Turku University Society in the 1910s when people of the newly independent Finland donated money for the founding of the first Finnish-language University. Now, we are organising a cheerful 100th anniversary celebration where science illuminates the University Hill.

The event starts from the square in front the Old Academy Building, the site where the first university in Finland was founded in 1640. All participants are then invited to move to the University Hill in a procession along the Koskenniemenkatu street. After the procession, the event continues at the University Hill. A more specific programme will be revealed later. However, we can already guarantee you that this is an event not to miss if you are up for a great and positive experience!

We hope that students come in their overalls and student caps as they will receive a unique UniTurku 100 years badge. Otherwise, there is no dress code to the event.

Our photographers will capture the night’s events and atmosphere on video and in photos. The photos will be archived to the University’s mediabank and can be used in the communications and marketing of the University of Turku.

Arriving to the event and parking

The celebration starts at the square between the Old Academy Building and Turku Cathedral at 6.00pm. The road between Rothoviuksenkatu and Henrikinkatu streets will be closed to traffic during the event.

Participants are invited to proceed from the Old Academy Building to the University Hill in a procession along the Koskenniemenkatu street.

The route of the procession includes stairs and is not accessible e.g. with a wheelchair. We are reserving parking spaces at Vesilinnantie 5 for those who need an accessible route to the University Hill. Other traffic will be directed to the Vatselankatu car park via Rehtoripellonkatu.

You cannot access the University Hill directly or get near the Old Academy Building by car. The parking spaces of the University’s personnel along Vatselankatu are reserved for the participants of the UTU100 Carnival and are free of charge.