4 September 2023

Opening Carnival

At the Carnival, both new and old students of the University of Helsinki will get a chance to explore the diverse range of organisations operating under HYY. Come find yourself a new hobby organisation, get to know your subject or faculty organisation and join a student nation – you can do all this in the same place during the same day! At the same time, you can also meet new friends and add to your overall badge collection.

Join the Carnival!

HYY organises the Opening Carnival to open the academic year on at 2-6 PM on Monday 4 September at the City Centre Campus!

Come and learn about organisational activities, meet your Student Union and the University’s actors, add to your overall badge collection and take in the music, good atmosphere and diverse supplementary programme. The programme is organised in Kaisa House, Porthania, Think Corner and in the outdoor area of the City Centre Campus.

The event culminates in Elsa Brotherus’s concert!

Programme and event area

  • 2–6 pm organisations present their activities
  • 2–5 pm pick up your free University of Helsinki canvas bag from Think Corner (entrance at Yliopistonkatu)
  • 2:30–5:30 pm sign your name to the Rector’s guest book (Fabianinkatu 33, Rector’s reception room, 2nd floor)


Porthania stage

  • 3:30 pm SoSSU
  • 5:15 pm Elsa Brotherus


Kirkkokatu stage

  • 3:00–6:00 pm choir performances
    • 3:00 pm Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat
    • 4:45 pm POL
    • 5:00 pm Akateeminen laulu
    • 5:15 pm HOL
    • 5:30 pm Ylioppilasteatteri
    • 5:45 pm WiOL


Intersection of Yliopistonkatu and Fabianinkatu

  • 3:30–4:30 pm martial arts performances
    • 15:30 aikido
    • 15:40 judo
    • 15:50 karate
    • 16:00 kashima shinryu
    • 16:10 kendo
    • 16:20 stick fighting


The autumn’s most dapper student disco is here again! Head to Tavastia-klubi on Monday 4 Sep for the Student Nations’ Fresher disco!

Fresher Disco

Event area

The event area is partially inaccessible. The passageways in the area are at least 90 cm wide and indoor spaces are accessible by lift.

More than 100 organisations are participating in the event!

At the Opening Carnival you can get to know, for example, HYY’s Committees, student organisations operating under HYY and different actors of the University. If you can’t wait until the Opening Carnival, you can make acquaintance with the participants beforehand!

Get to know committees Get to know organisations

Stay tuned!

You can find the most up-to-date information about the Carnival in HYY’s social media channels! Check out the event on Facebook or get into the atmosphere in HYY’s Instagram.

The event on Facebook HYY's Instagram
    • Principles of safer space

      HYY’s principles of safer space apply to our activities and events. With our principles, we aim to create practices that help everyone promote a safer and more equal environment. A safer space is created through interaction and we all have a responsibility of creating it.

      Get to know HYY’s principles of safer space

      Help and support for harassment situations


      Persons in charge of event safety

      Persons in charge of event safety support and help you if needed suring the event.

      • Etta Melander, (+358) 050 472 7478
      • Antti Kaijansinkko, (+358) 050 475 1280



      There will be a photographer at the event, whose photos will be published on HYY’s communication and marketing channels. If you do not wish to be featured in the photos, please contact the photographer directly!