The Regional Museum of South Ostrobothnia in Törnävä is only three kilometers from the city center of Seinäjoki. The Museum Area is surrounded by the charming park of the old Östermyra foundry, bordered by the peaceful Seinäjoki River. The area has a typical courtyard setting with numerous buildings; there is the Manor House, the Museum Pharmacy and handicrafts section, the Museum of Agriculture with all the historical pictures and objects, the Gun Powder Museum and the outdoor museum.
The Manor House was established at the beginning of the 19th century. It was built and owned by a wealthy and renowned Finnish family named Wasastjerna, which controlled and influenced the local farming population. After that and because of bankrupt issues they had to give this place to the Seinajoki community in 1925. Nowadays it serves as the banquet hall of the town.
This as a whole is a cultural-historical central museum for Finnish-speaking South Ostrobothnia area. There is a permanent exhibition named “Where are we?” (Mihinä me ollahan?) where people can travel back on time through different pictures, paintings, objects and movies that show different stages of the history of the city.
The main purpose of the museum is to contribute to the people’s understanding of their culture, history and environment. The mission is to implement the collection and registration of the cultural heritage, associated with museum activities, as well as to arrange and take care of all the objects, photos and archive collections in its possession.
Moreover, the responsibility of the museum is to promote the museum activities in its operational area and to provide expert support in issues related to this field of activity, as well as to promote the conservation of cultural buildings and environment in its operational area.
Of the units belonging to the Regional Museum of South Ostrobothnia, Lotta Svärd Museum and the Civil Guard Museum (designed by Alvar Aalto) is located right in the city center. The Drying Barn Museum and the Finnish Emigrant Museum are about 20 km from the center, in Peräseinäjoki.
Very near the regional museum is located the Törnävä Church. This is a beautiful building is surrounded by beautiful nature as well as a military cemetery next to it. There is a very impressive and stunning path that leads from Törnäväntie to the church.
Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto is a renowned Finnish architect and designer of the 20th century, one of the most important architects in the world.
He was born in February 3rd of 1898, in Kuortane, a municipality of South Ostrobothnia Region and died in May 11th of 1976 in Helsinki.
His work includes outstanding architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware. The length of his career, from the 1920s to the 1970s, is reflected in the styles of his work, extending from Nordic Classicism of the early work, to a rational International Style Modernism during the 1930s to a more organic modernist style from the 1940s onwards. Together with his first wife Aino Aalto designed not just the building, but give special treatments to the interior surfaces and design furniture, lamps, and furnishings and glassware.
Some of Aalto’s most impressive architecture is possible to admire in Seinäjoki. Here is located the Aalto Center, the administrative and cultural center of Seinäjoki.
The Aalto Centre is composed of six buildings which were mainly completed between 1960 and 1968.
The first building created was the church, Lakeuden Risti (‘Cross on the Plain’) and the last one, the theatre, in 1987. Nowadays is possible to appreciate in Seinäjoki a group of buildings which are exceptional by Finnish and even by international standards.
The Aalto Centre was implemented down to the last detail. It is not necessary to be an architect to appreciate and understand Aalto’s brilliant work.
In Seinäjoki, there is also Aalto’s only early work that has remained unchanged, the Staff Building of the Civil Guard, which was inaugurated in 1925. The group of three buildings is a good showcase from Aalto’s classical period. The interior still has in places the original paintwork dating back to 1925.
Aalto Centre buildings in Seinäjoki:
1. Lakeuden Risti church, (Cross of the Plain) (1957-1960)
2. Parish Centre (1965-1966)
3. City Hall (1961-1962)
4. City Library-Regional Library (1964-1965)
5. State Office Building (1966-1968)
6. City Theatre (1986-1987)
The Tango Festival in Seinäjoki takes place every year since 1985, on one week during the month of July, usually from Wednesday to Sunday. This is a great month for a celebration like this because the weather is the best of the year and most of the people are enjoying their summer holidays.
It attracts over 100,000 people every time. This is the Tango event with the most tickets sold in the world. Participants have the choice of staying at one of Seinäjokis hotels or, as the majority does, bring a camper and park at the campig sites near Seinäjoki center and just enjoy the whole day and night this spectacle.
It is incredible to see thousands of people dancing in the streets, especially at the Tango Street (Tangokatu). The energy comes from the enthusiasm of people about Tango. Most of them start dancing at around 5pm until 3am.
There are different tango dance floors around the festival area, either in front of the stages or in some karaoke bars, as well as several events to please different kinds of tastes. There is even a “Tango-free Zone”, with rock and jazz concerts.
People can enjoy every day the Tango parade, the Tango Street, tango shows in the theater and in the Seinäjoki Arena. There is no one minute without something going on. People have to schedule what they want to see so they can make the best of it.
The coronation of the Tango King and Queen is one of the most important and emotional parts of the event. These figures receive much domestic media attention and often recording contracts as well and they also perform their own shows at the tango Festival the following years.
In addition, it is not just Finnish but it also a lot of international connections that are created in this event. Many artists from around the world come also to perform in this festival. Most of the times Argentinean Tango artists come to show the distinctive Argentinean tango style.
This is what Seinäjoki is very famous of. It´s a happening full of tango, Finnish tango.
They choose a tango-queen or tango-king (tango-singer) every year.
Festival is very popular, and if you plan to go, you should book your accomodation very early!
People dance at streets, and popular Finnish singers sing tango-and I guess they also sign other kind of songs. I haven´t been there, because I´m not so into this music, but I think this thing needs to be told about Seinäjoki!
They have all the greatest Finnish bands performing here.Sadly the pages are in Finnish,but you will understand dates from there,and see when it´s open,and who´s playing there.There has also been Finnish groups known abroad(if you happen to like hard rock,and live in Europe,you must have heard at leat one of these:Children of Bodom,The 69 eyes(we are huge fans!),Lordi,Strum und drang,Sonata arctica,Rasmus,22-Pistepirkko(also our favourite-bit not so hard rock)etc..)
This is made in old industry-building like allmost all Finnish real rock-clubs.
This is one of "must been "happenings for all rock-lovers in Finland.It has been since 1979(or even more) and is still "The festival"-for many Finns.There is lots of different kind of music of rock,pop and hard rock.Something to everyone who likes this kind of things.
It´s suprisingly clean(toilets and so on) place and not a full chaos like we we´re afraid of.it was our lucky that it wasn´t raining.
If you want to take your own drinks there,you must put them to big plastic-pint.Imagine how warm they get,so we prefer buying drinks there.They weren´t so high priced that we were afraid of.
Accomodation is very hard to find,if you don´t want to sleep in tent.We luckily had friends living close!
At Midsummer 1984 a new nobler historic episode went into the sauna. Two brave men had had enough of tango's lowly position. More steam, more beers, heads together and a firm decision by the piping hot stove: Seinäjoki's Tango Festival was born. Occurring annually for 18 years and with 1.5 million visitors, now tango is saved. Not only has the national media experienced Seinäjoki's tango magic, others include CBS, the BBC, ZDF, Lonely Planet and dozen of other international media organisations. When Finland joined the European Union pessimists were afraid that that national identity and culture would be lost to the EU's massive mill, but come what may Finnish rock music conquers the world and tango's second metropolis is found in Finland, or more accurately said in Seinäjoki.
The secret of the wonderful atmosphere of the Tango Festival in Seinäjoki lies in superb performances and the tango-dancing public dressed up in their summer fineries, because tango is dance therapy for the soul.