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Opening Carnival 2015


On the streets and corridors of the City Centre Campus, there is a bouncy castle, sauna on wheels, cheap & delicious ice cream, ninjas, pop-up spex, street sitsit and (almost) all student organisations presenting themselves...

The Opening Carnival on Monday, 31 Aug, 2pm-6pm in the Main Building and Porthania and the streets near-by

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2pm–6pm Bouncy castle (Porthania Square)

2pm –> Jädelino's ice-cream van serves seasonal flavours such as study credit and chancellor for one euro for the students and staff of the University of Helsinki (next to the Main Building on Yliopistokatu)

2pm–2.30pm Ylioppilaskunnan Soittajat (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

2.15pm–5pm Street sitsit of the Committee for Organisational Affairs: academic seated meal open for everyone, you can register at the spot starting at 2pm (in front of the Main Building on Fabianinkatu)

3pm–3.50pm  Budo performance: aikido, daitoryu, haidong gumdo, judo, karate, taekwon-do, taido, tai shin mun… (crossing of Yliopistokatu and Fabianinkatu)

3pm–4.30pm Salty snacks at the Unicafe in the Main Building

3pm–3.30pm Savolaisen Osakunnan Laulajat (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

3.30pm–4pm Joint pop-up spex of the spex of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences and Humanistispeksi (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

4pm–5pm Cake served at Porthania Unicafe

4pm–4.30pm Wiipurilaisen Osakunnan Laulajat (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

4.30pm–5pm SOSSu, Savolaisen Osakunnan Soitannollinen Seura (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

5pm–5.15pm SOSSu, Hämäläis-Osakunnan Laulajat (inner courtyard of the Main Building)

Organisations present themselves at 2pm-6pm
Main building: Subject organisations, student nations, HYY's committees
Porthania: Recreational organisations
Please note! Organisations and partners also in outdoor facilities

HYY's point (main building, 1st floor)
At HYY's own point, we deliver 50 new HYY's overall badges on the hour starting at 2pm!

At HYY's point, you can register your team for Freshman Adventure and participate in Opiskelijakaupunki research.

The first 30 to participate in Opiskelijakaupunki research get a greatly popular Pushee overall badge celebrating the 50-year-old journey of the student cap.

Opening of the Academic Year at 12noon
Before the Opening Carnival, the opening of the academic year is celebrated in the University's Great Hall. The programme includes music and speeches by the Rector, Prime Minister, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Chairperson of HYY Board and the representative of the university staff. After the opening ceremony, you can participate in an ecumenical mass in Helsinki Cathedral or a secular ceremony at the Language Centre Hall.

The Great Hall can accommodate up to 720 persons, please reserve a seat: