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The week started with an inauguration mass of the new chapel of Suvela, coffee and a feast on September, 4th 2016. Anssi Lassila, the architect of the new chapel, and Hannu Konola, the artist of the glass alterpiece, were interviewed by Antti Kujanpää, the vicar of the Espoo cathedral parish, in the feast. The building complex, which hosts also rooms for the residents’ park of Suvela, was one of the four nominees for the Finlandia prize in architecture in 2016. There were also guided tours in the building during the whole week.

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Vicar Antti Kujanpää is interviewing architect Anssi Lassila.

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Vicar Antti Kujanpää is interviewing artist and priest Hannu Konola.

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The new chapel of Suvela and Kirstintie.

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The main event day was Saturday, September the 10th. The common nominator of the program was the Kirstinharju pedestrian street, which hosted different activities on itself and combined other activity spots off the street.

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The Kirstinharju pedestrian street, the restaurant tent of Trapesa and AVO ry and booths of different societies.

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The Kirstinharju pedestrian street, visitors and the green roof of trees.

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Children drawing with street chalks, chatting parents and the Entresse library bike on the move on the Kirstinharju pedestrian street.

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There were altogether 16 different societies presenting their activities and work in various ways by the booths and tents on the Kirstinharju pedestrian street: doing face painting, selling books, delivering food, etc. Espoon asunnot and the city planning department of Espoo presented the plans for a new housing complex right on the spot, where people could easier imagine the new buildings, their siting, size, and proportions.

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1: My work stand; 2: Trapesa and AVO ry (Multicultural women's society); 3: Espoo cathedral parish and Seniori-Vamos; 4: Askel, Kipinä and Espoo mental health association (EMY ry); 5: MONIKA - multicultural women's association of Finland and Espoon tyttöjen talo (Girls' house of Espoo); 6: Mannerheimin lastensuojeluliitto ry (MLL) and Finnish Red Cross; 7: Espoon perinneseura ry (Tradition socie

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My own work stand providing with programs of the event, general Espoo brochures and a feedback canvas.

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The feedback canvas: "Please tell what kind of things you would like to have on the Kirstinharju pedestrian street."

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Representatives of Trapesa and Espoon islamilainen yhdyskunta (Espoo Islamic society).

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Representatives of Seniori-Vamos and the Espoo cathedral parish.

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Representatives of Askel.

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Visitors at the booth of Askel, Kipinä and EMY ry.

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Women from Girls' house of Espoo and MONIKA - multicultural women's association of Finland.

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Visitors at the booth of MLL, which arranged face painting for children.

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Visitors at the booth of Espoon perinneseura (Tradition society of Espoo) and Keski-Espoo -seura (Central Espoo society), which were selling their own books.

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Manna-apu ry delivered bread for free from their own tent.

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Architect Katja Maununaho explaining the plans of Suvelan Onni, a new housing complex of Espoon asunnot, on the spot.

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There were also five restaurants and cafes run by different societies (Trapesa, AVO ry and the Marthas of Tuomarila) and immigrant entrepreneurs (Lounastuuli and Asian Food Market). The restaurants and cafes were spread on purpose in different corners of the event area. Trapesa offered mixed kitchen with Finnish, Russian and Indian flavours, AVO ry Somalian food, Marthas of Tuomarila held a cafe with Finnish paestry and Lounastuuli served Indian food whereas Asian Food Market cooked and fried Vietnamese food.

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1: Indian restaurant Lounastuuli; 2: Vietnamese food by Asian Food market; 3 and 4; Trapesa's mixed-kitchen cafe and Somalian food by AVO ry; 5: Marthas' Finnish cafe

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Lounastuuli, which also has a real restaurant in Juvanmalmi, served Indian food. Its owner Rb Arora (in the picture), who lives in Suna now, is also a former Suvela dweller.

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Asian Food Market cooked and fried Vietnamese food.

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The restaurant tent of Trapesa offered mixed kitchen with Finnish, Russian and Indian flavours.

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The restaurant tent of AVO ry served with Somalian food.

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The Marthas of Tuomarila held an open-air cafe serving coffee, tea and juice with Finnish paestry in the inner yard of the new chapel.

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Voimanpesä, which helps people with housing problems, and the Suvela mosque had an open house on the same day. Both places are seldom visited by ordinary men in the street. The mosque is also very invisible outside. The Suvela Bazaar offered an opportunity to have a look behind the closed doors and to have a chat with people inside. Voimanpesä, the Espoo cathedral parish and Trapesa presented their consultation services concerning housing, official services and incomes, while the Islamic society of Suvela told about the mosque and gave a chance to try the hijab.

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The open house in Voimanpesä.

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The entrance of the Suvela mosque.

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The prayer hall of the Suvela mosque.

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Saturday included multicultural performing arts both outside and inside: along the Kirstinharju pedestrian street, the residents’ park of Suvela and the new chapel of Suvela. There was Russian violin and guitar music, Indian Bollywood dancing, circus and music workshop for children as well as an Iraqi violinist playing Finnish tunes. Music school Avonia had a pupil concert too.

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Indian Shama Jha and her son and daughter performed Bollywood dances both on the Kirstinharju pedestrian street and in the residents' park of Suvela (in the picture).

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Shama Jha drew spectators to join in Bollywood dancing in the residents' park of Suvela.

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The school of performing arts in Espoo (ESKO) held a circus workshop.

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JamKids held a music workshop for children on the yard of Voimanpesä.

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Guitarist Edouard Podkolzin and violinist Artemi Gvazava were playing Russian tunes on the Kirstinharju pedestrian street.

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Samer Saad, an Iraqi violinist and an asylum seeker, played Finnish tunes in the residents' park of Suvela.

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The residents’ park of Suvela gathered most of the Suvela Bazaar visitors on Saturday with an outdoors blanket flea market, free grilling and an open picnic with own food for all as well as basketball training by Suna Basketball Club and a goal kick race by Esbo Bollklubb (EBK) for youngsters. In the middle of the day staff from the technical and environmental services of the city of Espoo handed over additional bicycles and kick scooters to the users of the residents’ park.

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The flea market gathered a good number of sellers.

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Buyers found the flea market as well.

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The group of workers in the city of Espoo, who had arranged a successful design game for Suvela dwellers over the residents' park of Suvela, handed over some new bicycles and skateboards to the park.

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Esbo Bollklubb (EBK) arranged a goal kick race in football and Suna Basketball gave training in basketball for youngsters.

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The goal kick race for youngsters by Esbo Bollklubb (EBK).

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Basketball training for youngsters by Suna Basketball.

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Saturday was ended by a panel discussion about a theme ”Suvela of my dreams”. The discussion was started with an introduction given by Tuula Salo, a vice-chairperson of the Finnish Local Heritage Foundation. The attendants of the discussion represented different ethnicities, ages, sexes, professions, religions and societies and had all different kinds of ties to Suvela.

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Tuula Salo, a vice chair-person of the Finnish Local Heritage Foundation, gave an introduction to the panel discussion.

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Project manager Kaj Fogelholm from the city of Espoo worked as a chairperson in the panel discussion.

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The panel discussion gathered still 30 spectators at the end of a long day.

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The whole week was finally ended by a chapel feast, where immigrants played the main role with singing and dancing.

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Immigrant dwellers of Suvela had found their way to the chapel feast.

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The chapel choir performed first.

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Urdu-speaking children sang and played.

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Urdu-speaking teenagers danced.

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Urdu-speaking choir and music group performed.

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Cambodian dances.

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