In addition to the academic progamme, we are putting together a social programme that should help you relax after a hard days work. The conference venue is only a few minutes walk from the main sights of Helsinki as well as some of the major shopping areas. There is no shortage of restaurants and pubs of all descriptions nearby, either, so take advantage of the chance to take in a bit of Helsinki as well.
A Google Map marking all venues, the recommended hotels, and other poins of interest will be added to the website shortly.
Wednesday (September 28)
The first social event of the Festival will be the first of two receptions. Held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday evening, the Reception by the University of Helsinki will take place at Arppeanum, the University Museum, only a short walk away from the main conference site. All conference participants are welcome to join the reception. When the reception is over, you can help yourself to a nice spot of sightseeing -- the Helsinki Cathedral is literally across the street! Your conference pack comes with a map pointing out restaurants and points of interest The reception is free for all participants.
Thursday (September 29)
A Reception by the City of Helsinki will be held on Thursday night from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. The venue, Vanha Raatihuone (Old City Hall), is once again within easy walking distance from the Festival venue. The reception is free for all participants.
Friday (September 30)
There is no formal programme for Friday night, but that doesn't mean there isn't something for you to do! We are planning a selection of activities for you to take your pick from, ranging from walking tours and museum visits to concerts and of course a chance to relax in one (or more) of our many pubs and restaurants. Everything will be organised on pay-as-you-go basis. There may be a need to pre-register for some of the activities that require advance tickets, but more details will be provided as the conference draws closer.
Saturday (October 1)
On Saturday evening we will enjoy a Gala Dinner at Katajanokan Kasino (Katajanokka Casino), where we will dine in the main dining room. Like all the other conference-related venues, the casino is a few hundred meters from the main conference site. The casino is a former officer's club and located right by the sea. The conference dinner is €75 per person.
Sunday (October 2)
The post-conference trip on Sunday is back on! As you may have noticed, we had to temporarily cancel the trip due to some unforeseen circumstances, but we're happy to report that we've been able to renegotiate and put the excursion back on the programme.
Final details will be posted shortly. At present, the excursion is likely to consist of visits to two churches and lunch. The medieval church of St. Lawrence in Lohja is one of the largest and most important medieval churches in Finland, famous for its murals and architecture. The medieval church of St. Peter in Siuntio is another notable church from the late 15th century, featuring original murals by northern German and Baltic artists. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Haukilahti Pavilion, a popular seaside restaurant famous for its fish soup.
The excursion will begin straight after the session end on Sunday, at around 12:30. The trip will last until about 5 pm. If need be, we can arrange for the bus to drop you off at the airport on the way back. You should make it to flights departing at around 7 pm, but we cannot guarantee this.
The post-conference trip will cost €30, payable as part of the registration fee. If you wanted to sign up for the trip but didn't see the option on the registration form, please get in touch with our partners Confedent by emailing HCF2011@confedent.fi.