Havis Amanda prepares for her first virtual Vappu

All times’ Vappu at Home – virtual reality and live gigs offer programme for the whole family

Traditional Vappu celebrations will not be organised in Helsinki this year and no gatherings should be held. To entertain Helsinki residents for Vappu at Home, a versatile programme is offered by the City of Helsinki and its partners. Vappu Eve is kicked off by the traditional Crowning of Manta, which takes place in virtual reality this year. The night goes on with JVG who are performing live in Virtual Helsinki and everyone can join from home with their own avatar.

Restrictions made to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus epidemic have caused the traditional Vappu celebrations to be canceled in Helsinki. According to the instructions from the officials, no gatherings should take place.

“Vappu is an important and dear tradition for people in Helsinki. This year, it will be celebrated in exceptional circumstances. As physical gatherings are not possible under the current circumstances, we have created, together with our partners, a vast and versatile array of programme for Vappu to be enjoyed at home”, says the Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori.

“The restrictions implemented due to the coronavirus crisis hit hard on the events and music industry. At the same time, however, new innovations and digital services have enabled new ways of organising concerts and events. On Vappu Eve, we’ll have the chance to experience both the Crowning of Manta and JVG’s live concert in Virtual Helsinki, the digital twin created from the center of Helsinki. The experience will be unique and we hope it will bring a genuine sense of community to the celebrations of Vappu at Home.”

Safe at home

While encouraging Helsinki residents to stay at home and enjoy the versatile programme for the Vappu celebrations, the city wants to remind everyone on the safety at home.

“The wellbeing of the family and loved ones is important for everyone. The exceptional circumstances and demands on social distancing are changing the everyday life and traditions at home. It is important to address emerging problems well in advance and take care of our coping with the crisis, especially with children, young people and the elderly. There is help offered for troublesome situations, even during Vappu time”, reminds Vapaavuori.

In addition to the programme for the celebrations for Vappu, there will be a listing on the city’s website on different bodies offering help and support also during Vappu.

The special arrangements for Vappu were introduced during the Mayor’s info on Thursday April 23 on the Helsinki channel www.helsinkikanava.fi

Some picks on the programme for the celebrations for Vappu

Manta will be crowned in virtual reality

One of the dearest traditions of the Vappu Eve in Helsinki, the Crowning of the statue of Havis Amanda, will take place in virtual reality this year. This year, it is the Student Union of the University of the Arts (ArtSu) who are in charge and will carry out the crowning in cooperation with the City of Helsinki and Zoan Ltd, a company specialising in virtual technology, in a new and unique manner.

The crowning taking place in Virtual Helsinki offers the public a chance for experiencing a sense of community and interacting. The crowning will be preceded by an interdisciplinary performance raising societal issues, realised by the students of the University of the Arts.

The Crowning of Manta will set the celebrations for Vappu in motion and can be viewed on the Helsinki channel (helsinkikanava.fi) and on burst.fi -channel on Vappu Eve April 30 from 5.45 PM onwards.

Take part in JVG’s live gig at home

JVG will entertain people celebrating Vappu at Home by performing a live concert in Virtual Helsinki. You can join in the concert with smart phones or computers. Everyone who signs in on the gig may create their own avatar and with some luck spot themselves dancing on the virtual square with the others in the crowd. The audience is encouraged to participate with gestures, cheering and emojis that are communicated to the artists in the studio in real time.

The JVG – Eternal Vappu concert is offered by the City of Helsinki together with Fullsteam Agency and Zoan Ltd, a company specialised in virtual technology.

JVG – Eternal Vappu, Thursday April 30 at 7pm, Virtual Helsinki, helsinkikanava.fi and burst.fi
The recording will be available for 48 hours after the gig.

Club For Five and Rajaton to perform at Savoy theatre’s virtual Vappu

Friends of a cappella music are pampered with Savoy theatre’s Vappu! On Vappu Eve, Club For Five will sing favourite tunes as well as some completely new music. The concert will contain also familiar sing-alongs.

On Vappu Day, Rajaton offers limitless joy at Savoy. The schedule includes songs about spring, love and new beginnings, as well as sing-alongs with Rajaton foresinging.

Both concerts will be live streamed on the Helsinki channel.

Savoy’s Vappu: Club For Five, Thursday April 30 from 8pm to 9pm
Rajaton, Friday May 1 from 5pm to 6pm

The traditional May Day Matinee of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s waltzes, tangoes, galops, schlagers and marches of the May Day Matinee have been the city’s Vappu celebrations’ tradition ever since 1883. This year, the May Day Matinee can be enjoyed as a live stream from the Music Hall on Yle Areena and Yle Radio 1.

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s May Day Matinee, Friday May 1 from 2pm to 3pm (streaming starts at 1.30pm)
www.helsinginkaupunginorkesteri.fi, HKO Screen mobile app, Yle Areena, Yle Radio 1

Vappu delicacies and flowers directly to your home

Vappu at Home becomes slightly more relaxed when you order the Vappu delicacies directly to your home. Tips on restaurants in Helsinki offering Vappu lunch or brunch to be enjoyed at home have been gathered on MyHelsinki-website. You can also delight a friend with a flower delivery!

Music for many tastes on the Helsinki channel

Vappu Eve will be concluded with the gig of the rap artist and DJ Yeboyah on the Helsinki channel. Yeboyah has been a member of the D.R.E.A.M.G.I.R.L.S. collective and performed on sold out arenas like Flow Festival’s Red Arena, Tavastia and Ruisrock.

Vappu Day on the Helsinki channel will feature both R&B, rap and hip hop artists and the latin rhythms conjuring Banda Caribe Helsinki on Tiivistämö Live -concerts. Vappu Day will be topped off by the rock band Marjo Leinonen & viranomaiset.

Yeboyah!, Thursday April 30 from 10pm to 10.30pm
Tiivistämö Live part 1 and 2, Friday May 1 from 3pm to 4pm
Marjo Leinonen & viranomaiset, Friday May 1 from 6pm to 7pm

Vappu for families

Annantalo organises a virtual Vappu masquerade for children and those with a playful mind. Who makes the most staggering Vappu outfits out of the materials found at home? Annantalo’s social media channels will feature tips on creating outfits on Vappu Eve. You can post a photo of your outfit on Instagram with the hashtag #annantalonvappuhaaste between April 30 and May 4. There will be a draw for art materials among all who have posted their photos.

The whole programme and tips on celebrating Vappu at Home: myhelsinki.fi
All videos, live gigs and recordings: helsinkikanava.fi

Picture: Havis Amanda prepares for her first virtual Vappu (Sanna Mander)