North Karelia Pride

May 16th – May 21st, 2017

Hobiles ry

North Karelia Pride is an annual LGBTIQ-event in North Karelia. It is organized by Hobiles, the regional member organization of Seta (Sexual equality in Finland). The pride week has taken place in Joensuu since 2004. Its purpose is to provide everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, an opportunity to have a good time together.

The event is open for everyone – you are welcome to join North Karelia Pride just the way you are!

Welcome!

Tuesday 16.5.

Pride-week Infopoint
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy,  from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Ask anything you want to know about North Karelia Pride! Also programmes, posters and merchandise available.

Banner-making Workshop
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), from 3 p.m. onwards. Come to design and make banners and other stuff for the Pride March!

Rainbow literature afternoon
Muikku-sali, Joensuu Main Library (Koskikatu 25), from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come and meet authors Otto Lehtinen and Alia Dannenberg.

Pride Restaurant Houmous
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), from 6.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Come to feel the Pride athmosphare and delicious, inexpensive vegan food! Organiser Myötävoima co-op.

Rainbowish Poetry Karaoke
Sointula (Kirkkokatu 22), from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For poetry freaks! Co-organised by Ukri ry.

Wednesday 17.5.

Pride-week Infopoint
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy,  from 2p.m. until 6p.m. Ask anything you want to know about North Karelia Pride! Also programmes, posters and merchandise available.

Youth Group Meeting in Kitee
Romolan nuorisokahvila (Romolantie 17, Kitee), from 5 p.m. until 6.30 p.m.

Rainbow Mass
Joensuu Main Church (Papinkatu 1B), at 6 p.m.

Trans and Youth Group Joint Meeting
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), at 6 p.m. Welcome everyone, new and old!

Gay-Bowling
Bowling Hall Cosmic (Torikatu 29–31), at 8 p.m.  The sporting event of the week!

Thursday 18.5.

Pride-week Infopoint
Joensuu Main Library (Koskikatu 25), from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Ask anything you want to know about North Karelia Pride! Also programmes, posters and merchandise available. Buy your tickets for the Pride Party!

Film Night
Club Kerubi (Siltakatu 1).
6 p.m. Doc Lounge: The Pearl of Africa  Organised with Joensuun elokuvanystävät ry.  Tickets 4 € (free with Kerubi club card and Hobiles membership card).
7.45 p.m. Side by Side Festival: Olya’s Love Foreword and Q&A by the producer of the film! English subtitles. Free entrance!

Rainbow KARAOKE!
Bar Kolumbus (Niinivaarantie 50), from 8 p.m. ’til late.

Friday 19.5.

Pride-trek
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Half-day trek to exotic piece of nature near Joensuu. Start: in front of Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10) at 10 a.m. Registration in advance required:myotavoima@gmail.com.

The Big Debate
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), 4 p.m. Discussion about rights of transpeople.

Pride Restaurant Houmous
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), from 6.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Come to feel the Pride athmosphare and delicious, inexpensive vegan food! Organiser Myötävoima co-op.

Pride Goes Navetta
In Navetta (Niittylahti), from 7  p.m. until 0.30 a.m. Legendary happening for the volunteers of North Karelia Pride ONLY!  We leave from Cafe Laituri at 7 p.m. and return around 00.30 a.m.

Saturday 20.5.

Briefing about Chechnya
At 12 a.m. Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10). What is happening with LGBT people in Chechnya? Representative of a Russian human rights NGO tells about experiences they have heard from people in question themselves.

Pride March
Starts at 2 p.m. by the Joensuu Railway Station. Come as your colourful self!

Pride Park Fest
At 3 p.m. Pride March ends at Art Museum Park. Live music, speeches and relaxing until early evening! Live music by Kettublaster, Luontokerho and (proto)Torvinen.

Pride Restaurant Houmous
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10), from 6.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. Come to feel the Pride athmosphare and delicious, inexpensive vegan food! Organiser Myötävoima co-op.

Pride Jazz
Hostina Piimälinna (Siltakatu 4), from 9 p.m. until 1.30 a.m

The Big Pride Disco Party!
Kerubi (Siltakatu 1), 00 a.m. until 4 a.m. DJ Teppo-Johannes. Tickets 4€/5€.

Sunday 21.5.

Drama workhop: Rhythms inside our bodies
Kansalaistalo (Torikatu 30) from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.. Body workshop is a combination of movement, voice and sounds. It is an opportunity to meet our bodies outside conventional and civilizational norms where always exist at least one ”observer”. Held in English by Biljana Stankovic Lori.

SUSI Multi-disciplinary Art happening in Eno
Harpatinharju (Harpatintie 111), at 7 p.m.
Tickets: 10 / 15 € (cash only). Reservations: sudensuuhun@gmail.com

Pride Exhibitions

16.31.5.
Visual Arts: Niina T. Halonen: Only be here
Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10). Open from Thursday to Monday from 11.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. and during pride week events.

16.31.5.
Visual Arts: Reima Juhani Hirvonen

Cafe Laituri (Itäranta 10). Open from Thursday to Monday from 11.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. and during pride week events.

16.21.5.
Comics
Leppäsen Cafe Konditoria (Siltakatu 10). Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m until 4.3o p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

21.5. from 7 p.m.
Visual Arts: Reima Juhani Hirvonen
Harpatti Museum of Modern Art (Harpatintie 111).

16.21.5.
Books: Rainbow Literature Exhibition
Eno Library (Alapappilantie 6d, Eno)
Joensuu Campus Library, University of Eastern Finland (Yliopistokatu 4)
Joensuu Main Library (Koskikatu 25)
Rantakylä Library (Pataluodonkatu 2)

 

Accessibility infromation
All locations apart from Kerubi (disco), Romolan nuorisokahvila and Harpatinharju are on ground floor or accessible with a lift.

 

Thank you for your support

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Practical guide

About the history and organizers

A similar event called Hohto has been organised in Joensuu annually for about 10 years. North Karelia Pride is successor to Hohto and is organised largely by the same people. The organisation behind North Karelia Pride is Hobiles ry, a regional HLBTIQ-organisation in Northern Carelia. We are independent group but also as a group member of Seta, the Finnish umbrella organization for HBLTIQ-groups.

The North Karelia Pride Week has a relatively small budget and it is run 100% by volunteers. We get some funding from the City of Joensuu as well as from Seta. We work togethr with local bars and cafes and other businesses and organizations in the city to make Pride Week possible.

The main Pride Day is Saturday the 20th, when we hope hundreds of inhabitants of Joensuu and people from elsewhere in North Karelia and beyond are joining us for Pride March in the afternoon. Lets make it a fun and colorful day to remind people about the presence of HBLTIQ-people in North Karelia!

How to get there (from St Petersburg and Helsinki)

There are loads of different ways to reach Joensuu. The cheapest and easiest is the ride sharing website blablacar.com, where currently one-way trip from St Peter to Joensuu costs 11€ (about 800 roubles). There are quite many ride daily to Lappeenranta, where it is possible to get to Joensuu by bus or by train. It is always best to book tickets in buses and trains in Finland well in advance to get a good price! Train operator is vr.fi, bus time tables and price you can find in https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/i/website.

The cheapest bus operator is Onnibus.com, which has two buses daily between Lappeenranta and Joensuu. There is also a coach line nr 995 between Joensuu and St Peter, this costs 2500 roubles one way.

If you want to travel by train, there are several connections between St Peter and Helsinki. If you come to Joensuu, hop off in Kouvola to change train. Prices vary.

People who come from Helsinki can reach Joensuu by train in about four and half hours or by bus in six to eight hours. Especially bus tickets can be relatively cheap when booked in advance in Matkahuolto or Onnibus.

Program and participation

The Pride draft program is available in English on our website pohjoiskarjalapride.fi/in-english.

The program is open to anyone who wants to give a workshop in any language. Please contact us for details if you are willing to give workshop or have any suggestions or remarks about the program.

All the events are free unless otherwise stated.

Accommodation

Linnunlahti Camping. Two kilometers from city center, the camping site charges 8€ per tent per night plus 2€ per person. The camping offers pretty nice facilities with free showers, cooking facilities, use sauna and laundry room included. But: There might still be cold nights in Joensuu in May, so be prepared. And sadly we cannot guarantee that it won’t be raining…

Scouts Youth Hostel: Cheapest option. Dormitory bed from 11€ per night. Has also other options.

The Green Star Hotel: Rates are per room, so for groups it can be interesting. Discount by using code PRIDE.

Apartmentos: Also in the cheap end, offers rooms as well as apartments. Discount from 3 nights on, many options.

Other hotels: check for example hotels.com.

Airbnb: inexpensive accommodation in peoples homes.

Food

Myötävoima, a local cooperative serves delicious and wholesome vegan dinner  during the Pride Week in Cafe Laituri, just next to the railway station. The price is approximately 5€ which covers the costs of the ingredients and rent. You can find for example Chinese restaurants, Indian restaurants and pizza restaurants (also vegan pizza) in Joensuu city center as well as some cafes who serve food. Typical price for Lunch is 8 to 10 euro. In Joensuu university (UEF) there are several lunch rooms that operate from 10.30, some until 17 o’clock. The prices are slightly lower than in other restaurants and they cater for vegetarians and vegans too.

Questions? Contact us! pj@hobiles.fi

– North Karelia Pride organizers