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