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Joensuu turns 170 – all citizens invited to celebrate

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Joensuu will turn 170 in November. While celebrations have been ongoing, the programme of events culminates towards the end of the year.

An Open Day will be held at the Town Hall in Rantakatu 20 on Saturday, 24.11. between 9.00 and 13.00 hours. Residents are invited to get better acquainted with this 104-year-old iconic city landmark. Come and have a sneak peek behind the doors: join a guided tour, listen to stories about Joensuu's former citizens and their history or see actors bring fairy tales to life before your very eyes. The Open Day is organised by the three hosts: the City of Joensuu, the Theatre Restaurant and the City Theatre.

On the same day at 16.00 hours, a concert entitled "From Jungle to Ice Palace" will begin at Joensuu Arena. Be transported via music to the world of your favourite animated films, accompanied by Diandra and other great soloists.

On Sunday, 25.11., the Market Square will re-open after two years of reconstruction as part of the Grand Launch of the Christmas Season. The market will open in the afternoon, and the official launch will take place at 16.00 hours. Not only will Joensuu's Mayor be there, but Father Christmas will be too – and don't forget the lottery for the traditional Christmas Ham, Christmas carols and children's performances. The day's festivities will culminate in a firework display at 17:00 hours.

The birthday celebrations will continue on Thursday, 29.11., with Joensuu Day. The programme will provide "something for everyone", including morning coffee in the Theatre Restaurant and at the city's service points in Eno, Kiihtelysvaara, Pyhäselkä and Tuupovaara.

Moreover, Joensuu Day is traditionally the occasion for the city's Entrepreneur, Culture and Youth Awards and, in selected years, the Joensuu Award.

On Joensuu Day, entry to the Hilma and Onni museums is free. Come and enjoy, for instance, the Tori 170 exhibition on the history of the Market Square in Koskikatu 5.

For more programme details (in Finnish) go to and

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