7.7.2014 Amuri -History of common people Tampere might have some monuments, kings and glitter in its history. Even though you´ll see gorgeous Jugend-style buildings at the Central Square and Nottbeck´s palaces of which I’ve told, Tampere is nonetheless a workers’ town. In 1779 Tampere was established and merchants moved into the town which had new manufacturing chances by the river. Also foreign business-men became interested, for example James Finlayson. And this way factories started rise in landscape. Finns from countryside looking for a better future moved into the town and so the factories got their workers. One of first workers’ neighborhoods was Amuri. At that time Amuri was located far away from centre of Tampere and citizens named it after a simile of that time. Lot of emigrants from Finland were moving to Siberia, more specifically to Amur land, so the name of distant neighborhood became called Amuri as well. Museum of workers housing explains something about the workers life in years 1882-1973. I´ve visited there with school about dozens of times but I´ll never stop wondering authenticity of the museum: I find some new details and I am more and more impressed with my every visit. Amuri used to be full of wood buildings, but nowadays Museum area is the only one wooden block left. There is the museum in four houses and an idyllic café is in the fifth. The block was like a little town: there were all the services a worker could desire at that period: a shop, a bakery, a sauna and stables inside. Residents left their little “town” just for work or only when needed something special.
You´ll go inside to the worker family´s life by wandering around. There is a story in every room. From the plaque on the door you can read stories of habitants and the most vividly you can hear them told on a tour. Actors, who lead the tour make it very memorable. I loved it in school times; learning can be fun! Poverty was usual in factory workers’ life. Industrial revolution was hard for workers – for example children used to work in factories still in the beginning of the 20th century. One family lived in one room with their boarders and they shared a kitchen with all the inhabitants of that house. Sharing the kitchen was special thing in Amuri compared to other worker blocks.
To investigate the history with your all senses, you must visit the Helmi café. There you can taste traditional old-time Finnish foods, like Karelian pastries. In the mornings you can smell a whiff of freshly baked breads and pastries. A breakfast is served! If you don´t have a breakfast in your accommodation, start your morning in Helmi Cafe with a hearty old-fashioned breakfast.
16.7.2014 Is your love all bright? I’ve been in love. I feel proud of my darling. I take care of him. I’ve live with this city. I am proud of my hoods. I´ll take care of it. Yes, I love you Tampere. Love-theme is seen all around the city this summer. In the web you can tell your own love story which has its beginning in Tampere. Did you enjoy a wonderful ice cream? Have you found a romantic kissing place? A map in All bright -web site http://www.tampereallbright.fi/love-is-all-bright/ tells the love story of tampere <3. You’ll notice All bright –stickers on your city bike and maybe you´ll meet me to distributing All bright – disposable water tattoos. The whole city is joined together in the name of love; also high culture places like Museum Center Vapriikki.
Vapriikki is located in the old Tampella factory district. Tampella area is also must-see sight. There were Tampella´s locomotive, turbine and textile factory in years 1840-1970. The museum began in 1996 in the same factory hall. The museum doesn´t try to hide its history. Original pipes, red bricks and factory atmosphere can be observed.. Exhibitions are quite different from others; maybe you´d like to wander somewhere longer or maybe the younger ones in your group prefer Finnish interactive toy museum? One of the most exiting exhibition is the shocking Finnish civil war exhibition – Tampere 1918. All the exhibitions have something special: nature plants smells, social media tags, chance to be DJ in 60s-style party. Vapriikki is far from boring silence and “DON’t TOUCH” -sings! In Vapriikki you can experience and explore things -learn in a fun way.
All bright-theme is seen in Vapriikki exhibition: Aphrodite’s empire –Love and beauty in Antiquity. The exhibition area is decorated with roses and painted pink. You can imagine yourself as a goddess of love and take a photo when you come in with hashtag: #vapriikki. Items in the exhibition are really exclusive and unique. For example have you ever seen Egyptian mummy´s chest or a piece of jewelry from year 300 BC?
Familiarize love in Antique times in Vapriikki. Wander around the City with your city bike and find most romantic places. Here it is waiting for you. True, loyal partner: always yours, Tampere.
18.7.2014 Revolution & one historic encounter Tampere might be small in size but we’ve had some ‘revolutionary’ events here. History has been made here quite a few times. Did you know that two iconic socialist leaders met here for the first time?
Vladimir Iljitš Lenin has a plenty of history here in Tampere. The father of soviet socialism lived in Finland for two years and he had friends and supporters here in early 20 century. Finland had been a part of Russia. Those days one part of Finnish government wanted independence and the other part wanted a socialist revolution by supporting Lenin. A confidential meeting in Tampere played a huge role in Finland´s history. The meeting was ordered in blue-collar´s house in Tampere where the museum is located nowadays. Josif Stalin also attended the meeting and two iconic leaders met for first time. Maybe it wasn´t so important in the big picture but for Finnish independence it was really important. Lenin promised the independence to Finland. (At least for some time). His idea was that the independence and freedom would make Finland loyal to Soviet-Russia and left-wingers in Finland would eventually make a socialist revolution.
In 1946s the museum was established by a suggestion of students in workers’ institute. In the beginning there were problems with the funding. Finland had just lost war to Soviet Russia and maybe this museum was very controversial. The museum has never been biased and Finland-Soviet Union club established and upheld it. The museum had some help and exhibition items from Soviet Union. Lenin was a star, idol and a god on Earth in Soviet Union. As a westerner this cult following might be hard to understand. One of the most protected items was a camera which has taken a last photo of living Lenin.
Nowadays Finland-Russia club takes care of the museum. Did you know that it´s the only Lenin museum outside Russia? Exhibitions present both Lenin´s life story and his acts in Finland. Even though the museum tells about socialism there is also an invention of capitalism: a museum shop. You can find original post cards from Soviet Union and kitschy jewelry with Lenin´s head!
The museum is in change right now and you can influence what would be Lenin museum in your dreams. There is tree of wishes and chance of voting. The present exhibition is from 1980s and information is little bit old. Becoming exhibition will be modern and less soviet “influenced”. Soon the museum will be moved to Finlayson, in Finnish Labor museum Werstas.
21.7.2014 More than your eyes can see Spacious rooms, light walls and a silence. Own peace to think and experience surroundings. There are many reasons to visit an art museum but most of us might have some prejudices. “Boring, I can get there anything. They are just colors on paper.” “I won’t understand it.” Sounds familiar – right? 😉 What kind of museums have you tried? Paintings, drawings and portraits? Did you know that there are plenty of different ways to make art? In Tampere you find lots of chances to update your opinions about art and what is art.
Tampere´s art museum invests in their fresh exhibitions. At the moment museum is having an exhibition for the young artist of year. I´ve been in art-oriented school over eight years; I never visited Tampere museum of art in vain – not even once. Every one of the exhibitions has made me think. I believe that ideas, motivation for your mind are the real point of art. This year´s exhibition: ´Tuntemattomien juhlien jälkeen´ (in English: After unknown party) has been built of founded surplus and recycling material. Many works made me think what things really are important for happiness and life itself. You cannot find any paintings from this exhibition because artists had forbidden themselves painting. Nabb ja Teeri are young Finnish artists who have new fresh ideas. How many times you have been in greenhouse in a museum? This was first for me!
If our national figure wasn´t Finnish Maiden it would totally be Moomin. Moomins are plum, white animals which look like hippo. Every habitant of Moomin valley has its own personality and philosophy. I find some hidden points of view from stories; there aren´t just for kids. I love Moomin quotes: “Everything’s much too big here,’ thought Moominmamma.’Or perhaps I’m too small.” ― Tove Jansson, Moominpappa at Sea. Similar simple, yet effective philosophy can be found from Winnie the Pooh. Moomins are product but an earthy atmosphere is transmitted from books. Moomins are famous also abroad. I’ve understood that Japanese love our personal white hippos. I wonder that the most visited museum in Tampere could be Moomin valley. It´s located downstairs in Tampere´s art museum. Tove Janson is creator of Moomin family and author of Moomin books. She is very popular now because the already death legend has her 100th birthday. In exhibition you´ll see original Moomin drawings. Some of them are unique and so fragile that moving them is forbidden. There are also scale models of happenings of Moomin stories. Janson’s partner Tuulikki Pietilä has made these little figurines.
Branch offices of Tampere art museum are called TR1 and it is situated to Finlayson area. Art hall have new views to photographing. In this exhibition you cannot find photos of birds and landscapes.TR1 also has exhibitions around the city so just hop on your city bike and explore art.
23.72014 Our factory Vatican –Finlayson They called themselves ´Finlaysoners´. They had their own factory, hospital and police, homes and even money. They worked 12 hours a day to make fabric, to make money for the family, to live in Finnish version of Manchester.
Finlayson factory was established in 1820 by Scotsman James Finlayson. His business didn´t really work so well in Britain and therefore he came to Tampere. He brought plenty of modern technology. Of course the rapid was benefit as the main source of energy. Workers could watch when history was made: Scandinavia´s first electric light bulb was lightened, the biggest steam engine arrived there. The largest factory in Nordic countries was established.
The factory district extended and nowadays it´s full of different layers of architecture. Those days Finlayson´s Empire was a miracle in Finland´s architecture. Kuusvooninkinen, the highest tower was a masterpiece. People had to be as effective as possible and they were kept an eye on for the whole 12 hours. There were no partitions, which workers had been able to lean or no toilets. That was the spirit of Industrial Revolution. Kuusvooninkinen has abided time very well comparing to similar buildings abroad.
A central part of factory is white like lint. Plastering and white color was 1837-1860’s style in factory buildings. A trademark of the factory really was red bricks. Even the area´s church has been made of red bricks. How many styles and applications can you find for using red bricks? You´ll get loads of ideas here. Some of the buildings are quite modern for example the last completed (60’s) TR 54 next to Satakunnan silta bridge and some are like old time palaces with new gothic-style decoration.
Whole family lived at Finlayson. There were all services and usually kids commuted. The district was a little town inside Tampere and the inhabitants inside felt they are Finlaysoners, no citizens of Tampere.
The worker spirit can still be found in Finlayson even though the factory has been closed from 1990. There are working almost more people in Finlayson than its “golden” factory times. Finlayson´s factory outlet is still there on Kuninkaankatu. Buildings have renovated in memory of old factory. Chains and piles have been left among of new companies. Many of Finlayson´s cafes, restaurants and cultural activities benefit the old edge decoration. Ex-spinning mill Siperia is the main service center of area. In rainy day it’s wonderful to choose one of the restaurants from different countries. Am I in Italian-, Spanish-, Indian-, American- or Danish-food state of mind? There are also lots of museums and art galleries in the area. Free of charge Werstas shows life in a factory with real grip. Here you can see the huge original steam engine. Believe me, this engine is HUGE!