Women Culture Days

Women Culture Days 2018

Women Culture Days 11-12 April: Becoming Woman

How do views on gender influence us growing up and guide our upbringing?

How to break the moulds created by gender roles?

What type of gender depictions dominate Finnish cinematic art?

What does it sound like when women take over the most masculine music subculture?

Views on gender influence everyone growing up as well as their upbringing. In the spring of 2018, Tamy’s Women Culture Days bring up the topic of how gender is created culturally and how these norms and models guide people’s lives. At the same time, we break the mould and give space to those who boldly take it and question the roles they are given.

Tamy’s Women Culture Days is a feminist issue and culture event which has been organized since the 1980s. As this is Tamy’s last year in existence, this is also the last time the Women Culture Days are organized in their present form. So, it is time to celebrate the long history of women’s culture of Tampere. The programme includes discussions, movies, photographs and music, among other things.

We warmly welcome you to see, hear and discuss!


The event is open for everyone. The events are free unless otherwise mentioned.
All premises are accessible.

More information:
Facebook: @tamyn.naiskulttuuripaivat

Project Secretary Saara Salmivaara

Layout & graphics:
Samuli Huttunen



Photo Contest: GROWTH
University, Main building, Café Alakuppila

What does growth mean to you? Can one grow wrong? Where is the ending point of growth?

Exhibition of the winning photos and other meritorious photos submitted in the contest in front of Alakuppila during the Women Culture Days and until Friday, 20 April!

The photo contest is held from 5 March to 1 April. The contest is organized in collaboration with Camera Club Vastavalo and Tampereen Teekkarikamerat. More information and the rules of the contest are available on Facebook and at vastavalo.kapsi.fi/en/.

Wednesday 11 April

5:15 p.m.
Women Culture Days kick-off with bubbly
University, Main building, Alakuppila lobby

We kick off the Women Culture Days in the late afternoon with a glass of sparkling wine in front of café Alakuppila. While you’re enjoying the bubbly, we offer a light view on the history of feminism in Tampere and the Women Culture Days with Rosa Meriläinen who is an expert on the subject. We also reward the winners of the photo contest. Be there on time, we have enough sparkling wine for about twenty people!

6:00–7:30 p.m.
Röyhkeyskoulu – Shameless attitude training
University, Main building lecture hall D11

Would you like to be bold and somewhat shameless? Attend Jenni Janakka’s shameless attitude training! Jenni will instruct us on how to respect our skills and how to take our space. In the lecture, we focus on recognizing our inner “good girl” and how she restricts our possibilities to realize our full potential. We can expect sharp insights and having some fun!

The event is free and open for all genders. The lecture is held in Finnish.

Thursday, 12 April

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Movie & discussion: The Unknown
University, Linna K108

“Have I told you how much it bothers me – what kind of men make movies in Finland?”

Wille Hyvönen’s controversial The Unknown (2017) is a meta movie on Aku Louhimiehi’s new adaptation of the Unknown Soldier. The movie dances on the border of reality and fiction and encourages discussion on the hegemonic portrayal of men in Finnish cinema and the masculine culture of the field. At the same time, it is a personal story about gender and not fitting its confines.

After the movie, there is a discussion with the director Wille Hyvönen about cinematic art, gender and the connections between the two, among other things.

The length of the movie is 45 minutes. The movie has subtitles in English and the discussion will be in English.

The movie’s trailer is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwC6D_ioa2g

4:15–5:45 p.m.
Discussion: Growth regardless of gender?
University, Linna, Väinö Linna auditorium

Views on femininity and masculinity guide everyone on their journey of becoming a person – and a gendered being. Upbringing and the models, roles and boxes it offers are central. It’s not just about what colours we are made to wear. How can we broaden the views on genders? Does gender sensitive upbringing equal gender neutrality? What would the world be like if gender did not define our growth and opportunities?

Participating in the discussion:

Minja Koskela, researcher, teacher and feminist blogger
Wille Hyvönen, movie director/artist
Reija Katainen, project manager for the Feminist Association Unioni’s project “Gender sensitivity in early childhood education – equal encounter in nursery schools”
Pazilaiti Simayijiang, Vice-president of the feminist party Feministinen puolue

The event is hosted by Raija Foster (Ph.D.), independent artist and researcher
The discussion will be held in Finnish.

6:30 p.m. – Midnight (4:00 a.m.)
Women Culture Days ♥ Doc Lounge: SILVANA & The Grand Mimmiräp Night (woman rappers)

fb-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/207734599977734/

Tickets at the door €6/€4 cloakroom charge included
(discount with valid student card of Tamy/TTYY/Tamko)

Ticket sale starts at 6:30 p.m.
Movies starts at 7:00 p.m.
Gigs at 9:00 p.m.
More information about accessibility: https://tullikamari.net/en/info

Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring & Christina Tsiobanelis: SILVANA (Sweden 2017) 91 min

SILVANA is a movie about Silvana Imam, the Swedish feminist rapper who took Scandinavia by storm with her sharp and confrontational lyrics. The movie follows Silvana’s, the daughter of a Syrian father and a Lithuanian mother, journey from an unknown artist to an icon of all minorities and the voice of her generation. At the same time, it is a love story about Silvana’s nearly mythical relationship with popstar Beatrice Eli. However, the label of being a strong woman is heavy and the artist also shows new sides of herself – “because there are no superheroes, just regular people”.

The movie won the Swedish Guldbagge award for best documentary and was a hit at the movie festival DocPoint.

The movie has subtitles in English.
The movie’s trailer is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75GekixKHXU

The movie night is organized in collaboration with Doc Lounge Tampere.

The Grand Mimmiräp Night

After the movie, awesome rap from Finnish women!
Music from:

dj #finnishgirl

And artists:

MAC Rebella
Automaattinen Tunteidenkäsittely

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