Skip navigation
Former Opistotalo

Article categories: Archive News

Former Opistotalo building for artists and cultural actors

Published: 22.3.2023

It is hoped that the former Opistotalo building, located next to the viaduct, can be rented out to various cultural actors as studios, practice rooms and performance spaces. At the beginning of the year, an investigation was made to find out whether cultural actors in the former barracks area would be interested in this idea. You can come and visit the facilities on Thursday, 30 March, 2023 from 14:00–16:00.

A search has been made to find new local solutions for cultural actors located in the former barracks area so that their activities can continue, as well as for other independent cultural actors unaffiliated with an association. The City of Vaasa is currently renting Barrack Building 13, which will be used in the future for early childhood education, to cultural actors and artists. The rental agreement will finish at the end of 2023.

The former Opistotalo building, which is located next to the viaduct, has been highlighted as one possible alternative location.

– The Opistotalo building has a lot of potential from the point of view of cultural activities and cultural actors, and the building has been renovated in the last 10 years. We have determined the interest of the cultural actors and made plans on how to use the premises in the best possible way as artists’ studios as well as practice rooms and performance spaces, says Jenni Niemi, Head of Culture Services at the City of Vaasa.

Register for the visit

You can come and familiarise yourself with the premises on Thursday 30 March 2023 from 14:00–16:00. Register for the visit by email to:

– Various other clubs and associations are also welcome, continues Niemi.

A separate decision will be made on the use of the Opistotalo building after the ongoing surveying work has been completed.