In the university community there are plenty of cultural activities. These are organized by the Student Union and the university itself, but also by numerous independent hobby clubs and student groups. In the Student Union, a wide selection of cultural activities is maintained by the Secretary of Cultural Affairs and the active Subcommittee for Cultural Affairs.
The Secretary of Cultural Affairs is responsible for reservations of the upstairs space and multifunctional common room of Ilokivi (event nights excluded). Anyone wishing to make a reservation for Ilokivi’s multifunctional common room, the upstairs space and the terrace for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights should contact the restaurateur of Ilokivi. The Secretary of Cultural affairs can lend you a small PA system suitable for spoken audio, a DVD player and a badge maker, and she can also give you hints and tips on event organizing.
The easiest way to get information on the cultural activities of the Student Union, the University and the city is to join the Kulttuuri (Culture) mailing list. You will also find more information behind the links at the subcommittee’s home page. Jylkkäri, the Student Newspaper of the University of Jyväskylä, also follows actively the cultural activities that interest students.
Cultural Activities of the Student Union
Student House Ilokivi
One of the cultural centers of the campus is Student House Ilokivi – many events take place there throughout the year. During the semesters Ilokivi houses the movie theater Kampus Kino, which is run by the Subcommittee for Cultural Affairs. Kampus Kino presents quality films once a week.
Ilokivi is also home to the University’s own student theater, JYT. In addition to performances, JYT organizes courses and other theater-related activities. The darkroom of the photography club Jyväskylän Opiskelijakamerat can be found at the Student House as well.
Kampus Kino brings movies close to the students. During the semesters, on Tuesdays at 7pm, the movie theater shows the latest interesting films that you would not otherwise see in Jyväskylä. Tickets cost only 5 euro for students and 6 euro for non-students. You can also buy a six-ticket booklet that is valid up to six months from the day of purchase. The booklet costs 25 euro for students, 30 euro for non-students, and it is sold at Kampus Kino ticket sales.
Jyrock is the oldest indie music festival in Finland. It is also a legendary indoor festival, which has been organized by the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä since 1985. The festival concentrates on Finnish and foreign indie music, and it is especially known for its open-minded attitude towards new and underground music. Different bands rock the stage each spring in Student House Ilokivi.
Other Cultural Offerings on Campus and Downtown
The University of Jyväskylä has its own museum, which consists of the Cultural History Section, the Natural History Section and Gallery Pinacotheca. The museums of the city of Jyväskylä – Alvar Aalto Museum, Museum of Central Finland and Jyväskylä Art Museum – have a free admission on Fridays. With your student card you also get a discount on Finnkino movie tickets (buy them at Kampus Data, Gummeruksenkatu 6), Jyväskylä City Theatre’s performances, and the concerts of the local symphony orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia. In addition, by going to the City Theatre one hour in advance and showing your student card, the performances will only cost you 5 euro (plays) or 10 euro (musicals) if there are empty seats left!