Opening Ceremony

On Monday evening, the Opening Ceremony of Tampere 2015 took place at the Tampere Theatre. The Opening Ceremony included a panel discussion with two members of the honorary board of Tampere 2015 and a member of the European Parliament.

The members of the honorary board, Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995) and Matti Vanhanen, current Member of Parliament in Finland and former Prime Minister of Finland (2003-2010), discussed together with Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, member of the European Parliament since 2014, and the moderator, Melissa Forss, an organiser of Tampere 2015, about the changes that the European Union has brought during the last twenty years. They also took a look at the future and talked about the ways in which Europe could regain its competitiveness. The discussion was very inspiring.

In addition, Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor of Tampere and Regional Mayor, Esa Halme, welcomed all the participants warmly in Tampere and the Tampere region. Head Organiser Robert Torvelainen enlightened the audience about the meaning of the slogan “Ideas change minds, people the world” and in the end President of Tampere 2015, Joanna Dreger, announced the session officially opened. All the participants then gathered to the City Hall (Raatihuone) for a cocktail hosted by Pekka Salmi, Deputy Mayor of Tampere.

oc2Mayor of Tampere, Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, welcomed us all in Tampere. oc3The front row enjoyed the vivid speeches and inspiring panel discussion. oc4Matti Vanhanen, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Esko Aho and Melissa Forssoc1oc5     Head Organiser Robert Torvelainen welcomed everybody to the session and told about the meaning behind the slogan “Ideas change minds, people the world”.oc7

The organiser team organised itself for a group photo at the City Reception. Tampere 2015 is based entirely on volunteers that have worked on this session for the last two years. Without them the session would not have happened.


Tampere 2015 gathered for a group picture in front of the city hall.

 Photos by Tom Wolfskämpf