International students and staff members of Tampere3 higher education institutions celebrated Finland's 100th anniversary in Tampere City Hall on 30 November.
The Independence Day Reception was organised together by UTA, TUT and TAMK. The reception included speeches, choir and theatre performances, and a cello duo. Development director Kari Kankaala from the City of Tampere emphasized in his speech the importance of international students for Tampere now and in the future.
The theatre work students (Näty) from UTA performed Aleksis Kivi’s Seven Brothers. TeekkariKvartti from TUT sang the traditional Finlandia Hymn and then Finland’s national anthem Maamme together with the audience. The cello duo from Tampere Music Academy, Vertti Viitasaari and Pietari Kaasinen, called forth a storm of applause and one member of the audience even joined them with a violin.
The guests of the reception were visibly content with the setting, the programme and the light buffet dinner. The organisers confirmed that the evening was a success.
TeekkariKvartti performed the Finlandia Hymn.
Photos: Jerina Kivistö