Delightful Children’s Weekend 1–2 October 2022
This year, the Children’s Weekend will be organised for the second time and offer unforgettable experiences, ranging from children’s music to theatre and exhibitions at venues around the city not to mention digital content. The event is part of Espoo’s 50 Years as a City programme.
Retro technology exhibition in Espoonlahti
The small-scale I love 8 bit exhibition at Lippulaiva Library allows you to see and try out IT devices of the 1970s and 1980s. Explore the first home computers, play old computer games and try out early coding! The event is suitable for all ages, including schoolchildren’s parents and grandparents.
The Emperor’s New Clothes spiced by music in Tapiola
Espoo Cultural Centre presents The Emperor’s New Clothes in Louhi Hall. H.C. Andersen’s classic fairy tale is spiced by music raging from Avicii to Abba. For the children, the story offers insight into the school world, more mature spectators appreciate it as a political satire and we all laugh at the naked emperor’s bottom. On stage, Red Nose Company’s clown duo Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama.
Baby Day celebration and songs from children’s TV shows in Leppävaara
Sello Hall will host a Children’s Weekend pre-party in honour of Baby Day on Friday 30 September with Silkkipaperitaivas (Silk Paper Sky) baby theatre performance. You can also enjoy Baby Day activities at Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora. On Sunday afternoon, the award-winning children’s music composer Tuomo Rannankari and Hiekkakakkuorkesteri will take the Sello Hall stage. This concert for the whole family will include singing and playing along to Tuomo’s songs familiar from children’s TV shows.
Sand animation performance in Järvenperä
Sand is the theme at Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora, when visual artist Amadeu Vives creates an enchanting and unique sand animation performance in Meijeri Hall. The Pieni seikkailu Espoossa (Small Adventure in Espoo) story will also feature music by cellist Markus Hallikainen.
Aurora’s art workshops will offer plenty of opportunities for self-expression. The programme will also include exhibitions. Aurora’s Kivijalka Gallery will display illustrations “Pumpulipilviä, mutteriunelmia” by Suvi-Tuuli Junttila, and visitors will also get to enjoy jazz music in Järvenperä. In addition to Sello Hall, Aurora will also host a Children’s Weekend pre-party on Baby Day on Friday, 30 September.
In Espoon keskus, Kannusali will host Megamusicplayschool.
Children’s Weekend can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch or anywhere!
Digital children’s programme can be watched through the digital cultural centre Urban Espoo. The Balalaukku music and clownery performance by master clown Hanna Terävä and musician Tapani Varis will premiere on Saturday. In the performance, whole new worlds emerge from a suitcase. The recording can be watched free of charge 1–14 October. On Sunday, we will dance to music by Megasakki. Megasakki is a new children’s music band whose lively music and cheerful presence will get everyone dancing. This gig is available 2–15 October at www.urbanespoo.fi/lava(external link).
You can find the full programme on the Children’s Weekend page.
Come and enjoy yourselves!
Children’s Weekend will be created with the collaboration of Espoo Cultural Centre, Sello Hall, WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Kannusali, Children’s Cultural Centre Aurora, Espoonlahti Culture and the digital city of culture – Urban Espoo!