11.05.2018

Social program


Monday, June 18: Evening reception hosted by the City of Jyväskylä

Time: 19:00–21:00
Address: Aalto-sali, Väinönkatu 7 (city center)

All registered participants are cordially invited to a welcoming reception. Refreshments and samples of Finnish cuisine will be served.

Tuesday, June 19: Guided Tour I – the Alvar Aalto Museum

Time: 19:00–20:00
Address: Alvar Aallon katu 7
Language: English
Cost: EUR 4 entrance fee, paid at the museum
Registration: Guided Tours, June 19
Deadline for registration: May 31
Maximum 30 participants

Introduction to Alvar Aalto’s design and architecture. Alvar Aalto (1898–1976) was a pioneer of modern architecture and design. He established his first architectural office in Jyväskylä and enjoyed an exceptionally rich and varied career. To visit the Alvar Aalto Museum is to do more than immerse yourself in the world of Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history – it is to open oneself to an architectonic experience of space and structure. The museum’s exhibition presents Aalto’s architectural achievements, glass and furniture design and his colorful personal history.

You can also visit the museum independently during the conference. By presenting your congress name badge you are entitled to a reduced entrance fee. Visiting hours: Tuesday–Friday 10–18.

Tuesday, June 19: Guided Tour II – Walking tour on the campus of the University of Jyväskylä

Time: 19:00–20:00
Address: Seminaarinmäki 15, gathering in front of S building (Seminarium)
Language: English

Cost: Free
Registration: Guided Tours, June 19
Deadline for registration: May 31
Maximum 30 participants

Seminaarinmäki (Seminar Hill, the main campus of the University of Jyväskylä) has often been said to be Finland’s most beautiful campus. Its reputation stems from the integration of different designs which have been carefully assembled over over the last 150 years. Situated within a beautiful park featuring a diverse array of flora, the campus contains architectural treasures from various eras. Old family quarters next to the campus date back to the beginning of the 1900s, further adding to the beauty of the area. The walking tour on Seminaarinmäki introduces both the history of the Teacher Seminary founded in 1863 as well as the college buildings designed by famous architect Alvar Aalto. 

Wednesday, June 20: Finnish Evening lake cruise and Midsummer party

Time: 17:30–24:00
Address: Jyväskylä City Harbor (satama)
Boarding: 17:30
Boats: s/s Suomi and m/s Suomen Suvi

Return busses: from 22:00 untill 23:30
Please bring the Finnish Evening voucher with you.

Finland is the land of a thousand lakes and Jyväskylä is located in the very center of the Finnish Lake District. Conference participants have the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful lake scenery, by taking an evening cruise on Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland.


After cruising for about an hour on the lake, the boat will come ashore at Juurikkasaari where the dinner will be served in a unique atmosphere with our award-winning chef’s local summertime delicacies. This year, the IOHA conference is being held just before Finns celebrate Midsummer, a time of light in the Northern hemisphere. The days are long and it never gets completely dark at night. So IOHA offers you a great opportunity to experience the long summer days and to catch a glimpse of the the midnight sun lingering on the horizon at night.

The burning of the Midsummer bonfire (kokko) has become a central element of Midsummer festivities, along with music and dance. Midsummer traditions also include sauna and a swim in the lake after bathing. During the Finnish Evening we will light a bonfire and keep a small sauna warm for anyone who wishes to bathe and take a swim. Reservations for the sauna can be made onboard during the cruise.

After dinner, the Bad Ass Brass Band will perform. Their show combines artistic performance with music ranging from melancholy Finnish melodies and the Balkan brass band tradition to brass punk. Aside from being in the BABB, the band members have been a vital part of the Finnish rock and jazz scene over the years. This is a party you do not want to miss!

Charter buses will bring us back to the city center by midnight. There are several busses running from 22:00. If you want to leave earlier or stay longer after the last bus has left around 23:30, you can take a private or shared taxi (EUR 30 to the city center).

We are accepting online reservations for the Finnish Evening until June 8 (email: ioha2018@jyu.fi). You can purchase the reserved voucher at our Info Desk when you arrive. Cash payment only, EUR 50.  

NOTE:  If you do not have a reservation for the Finnish Evening, check for remaining tickets at the Info Desk.