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Vaasa’s anniversary to be celebrated in many different ways

Published: 22.9.2022

October begins by celebrating the City of Vaasa's 416th anniversary. Many events will be held in honour of the celebration during the weekend of 1-2 October 2022. On Sunday 2 October, the winning proposal from the participatory budgeting competition for the development of our city will be announced at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.

On Vaasa’s anniversary, let’s celebrate Vaasa together and enjoy our wonderful city. On 2 October 2022, it will already be 416 years since Vaasa was founded!  In honour of the celebration, you can get a card from Vaasa’s main library, with which you can spread joy to a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.

– Vaasa is our common city and we want to encourage residents to notice each other and enjoy the cultural events honouring the city’s anniversary, says Head of Culture and Library Services, Sanna Bondas.

Join a weekend full of events or take advantage of anniversary benefits:

Free afternoon concert at Silveria on 1 October

On Saturday 1 October, starting at 15:00, there will be a concert given by the Vaasa City Orchestra and Kuula-institute’s Näppäri-course students at Silveria. The concert is free.

A captivating ghost adventure at Vaasa City Theatre (Vaasan Kaupunginteatteri) on 1 October

In honour of Vaasa’s 416th  anniversary, Vaasa City Theatre will perform Irmeli – kummitusseikkailu (Irmeli – a ghost adventure) on Saturday 1 October at 13:00 at a discount ticket price of €13 (limited ticket availability). This fun, gentle and hope-filled performance invites the entire audience to play, especially 4–8-year-olds. The performance is part of the Vaasa City Theatre’s 80th anniversary programme.

Buy a season ticket to Wasa Teater by 1 October

Saturday 1 October is the last chance to buy a WT-DUO season ticket to Wasa Teater, which allows you to see both the Swedish drama Heiman and the Swedish farce Man får väl ställa upp at the best discount price of the season.

Vaasa Wildlife festival shows award-winning nature films from 28 September to 2 October

You can watch some of the world’s best nature films during the weekend at the Vaasa Wildlife festival, which is being held from 28 September to 2 October. Screenings take place at Culture House Fanny, the Drama Hall of the main library, in the auditorium of the Alma Adult Education Centre, as well as at the Ritz theatre. See the detailed programme.

Film concert from 12:00-13:00 on 2 October at Ritz theatre

In connection with the Vaasa Wildlife nature film festival, Wasa Sinfonietta will perform their Forest film concert on Sunday 2 October from 12:00–13:00 at the Ritz theatre. The concert is free for everyone.

Guided bus tours on 2 October

In honour of the anniversary, Vaasa’s cultural and library services will provide guided tours to different residential districts of the city by bus. Free guided tours are organised on Sunday, 2 October. Buses start from the front of the City Hall and end at the same place (Senaatinkatu 1, Vaasa).

  • From 10:00-12:00: sightseeing tour (bus no. 1): new residential areas (guiding in Finnish)
  • From 10:00-12:00: sightseeing tour (bus no. 2): new residential areas (guiding in Swedish)
  • From 13:00-15:00: sightseeing tour (bus no. 3): City Centre-Palosaari-Vaskiluoto-Vanha Vaasa – Huutoniemi Centre (guiding in Finnish)
  • From 13:00-15:00: sightseeing tour (bus no. 4): City Centre -Palosaari-Vaskiluoto-Vanha Vaasa – Huutoniemi Centre (guiding in Swedish).

The guided city tour lasts 2 hours. Registration to the e-mail address of Vaasa-Mustasaari –oppaat ry:

Open day at museums on 2 October

There is free entry to Vaasa City Museums on Sunday, 2 October. The Ostrobothnian museum, Tikanoja Art Museum, Kuntsi Museum of  Modern Art, and Vaasa Art Gallery are all open. The museums will also run a campaign to “Make someone in an institution happy with a postcard”, i.e. from 27 September–2 October, museum visitors can send a postcard from the museum to a service home, hospital or children’s home. The museums ensure that the cards arrive to their intended destination. With the card you can send greetings from a museum exhibition.

Greeting card crafts for children and exhibitions in the library

In the main library and nearby libraries in Palosaari and Suvilahti, children can craft greeting cards with the theme Happy City for a week (26 September–1 October), and also in Huutoniemi library Friday 30 September at 12-16. The cards will be made into a colourful exhibition for the library’s children and youth department. The cards can be used to wish good luck to the city and the people of Vaasa.

In the main library’s display case, there will be an exhibition of activities for seniors on 1 October. The Tema Art Corridor has an exhibition to present the works of senior citizens from Vaasa’s Artists Guild. Old pictures of Vaasa will be on display in the lobby of the main library, and next to them will be an exhibition of books written and music composed by the people of Vaasa.

Greetings from seniors to decision-makers

The Vaasa network of cultural actors for senior citizens, together with the cultural and library services of the City of Vaasa, collects anniversary cards from senior citizens and sends them to the city’s decision-makers. The idea is that the City of Vaasa will receive warm anniversary greetings from its senior citizens. An exhibition of anniversary cards will be organised in the lobby of the main library.

Residents vote on winning proposal – announcement at Kuntsi on 2 October at 15:00

Residents have been able to propose ideas for the development of their own environment through participatory budgeting. A jury has selected ten proposals, from which the public can vote for their favourite until 21 September 2022 via the following link:

The proposal to be implemented will be announced in connection with Vaasa’s anniversary celebrations at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art on Sunday, 2 October at 15:00. Welcome to the event!


Additional information: Acting Cultural Manager Leena Nyqvist, City of Vaasa’s Cultural and Library Services, tel. 0400668197,