Welcome to FinnFest 2018!
Tampere Finland, June 24 - 29
FinnFest USA 2018 travels to Tampere, Finland for a week of post-Juhannus adventures, June 24-29.
FinnFest USA comes this year to Tampere. The Häme region’s industrialization defined Tampere as the economic engine driving early 20th century Finland. Today, Tampere provides the backdrop FinnFest will use to consider how Finnish people, living and working either in Finland or the USA, created a culture vastly different from the agricultural world into which most Finns, those who emigrated as well as those who stayed, had been born and raised. Exhibits, tours, and panels will provide ways to consider the many parallels between Finland’s and Finnish America’s urban communities.
FinnFest USA’s festival’s lectures and panels will work in tandem with visits to destinations around Tampere and the Häme lakes region. Presentations will emphasize both the past and contemporary…Finnish technical innovation, social issues and cultural creativity, plus an in-depth look at the 1918 Finnish Civil War and the political world that Finland now enjoys. Opportunities to sauna, sing, and dance will define Finland’s long summer evenings. For more information about performers and presenters, click here!
Finland’s current experiences with Immigrants and refugees will add perspectives to the Finnish American diaspora’s own experiences 100 years earlier.
Festival registration is the admission fee we charge for you to attend and participate in this program. Full registration will cover admission to all panel discussions and other programs at the museums, detailed program book, transportation passes for June 21-28, lunch on Monday and all coffee breaks. Monday registration will include admission to Monday’s panel discussions, lunch, coffee and program book for the day. Tuesday and Wednesday registration will include admission to the panel discussions, entrance to the museum programs on that day, and the program book for the day.
After June 18, registration will still be open but no guarantee for inclusion on meals.
Full Festival Registration: $250
Monday registration fee: $75 (includes lunch and coffee breaks but not the bus pass)
Tuesday or Wednesday registration fee: $20
Full Festival registration fee for Enrolled Students: $50
Full Festival registration fee for Children, aged 6-12 $25
Lapland Hotel - Tampere, chic and inviting accommodations in the heart of the city. You can reserve a room with a down payment of $250 along with the $250 registration fee. You will need to submit payment for the length of the stay on or before May 15. (Finnish hotels do not have added fees and taxes. The price we are quoting is the full price.) Singles: $127; Doubles: $145. All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
The Lapland Hotel will provide free wi-fi and a full breakfast each day.
No additional payments will be required when you check in. You will have already paid your full bill in US Dollars, using either credit card or check. Euros or Canadian Dollars payments will be converted to US Dollars in the process of using the credit card. All hotel rooms must be paid in full on or before May 15, at which point these special hotel reservation options disappear.
If you wish to use the FinnFest block at the Lapland, you must pay your total hotel booking fee prior to May 15
If you have decided to reserve one of the sleeping room accommodations in the FinnFest USA block, then you must pay the entire hotel bill by May 15. At the same time, pay your $250 registration fee for each festival participant who is staying in the room(s) you have reserved.
To reserve your hotel room now, purchase each $250 registration fee and provide a $250 down payment to reserve your hotel room. This initial payment will be $500 for a single person staying in a single room and $750 for two staying in double room. The rest of the room costs can be paid at any time until May 15. Your room will continue to be held for you until then.
Cancellation policy: Prior to May 15, FFUSA will refund fully the hotel down payment. Registration cancellations will be assessed a $125 cancellation fee.
Registration How-To: Our ticketing system, Picatic, does not function like a traditional hotel booking system. Each night is a separate "ticket," which means they must be purchased separately. While this is unusual, it is the best way to get a competitive group price for a hotel in Finland for those booking from North America and other non-Finnish countries.
Please use the drop-down options below to determine the number of tickets you need. For instance, if you are registering yourself and a roommate for 5 nights, you should have one Registration at $250 (for your roommate), one Registration + 2 nights at $500 (this is your registration fee and you and your roommate's first 2 nights at the hotel) and then 3 Additional Hotel Nights - Double at $145 each to cover the rest of your stay. This is where you would select "3" from the drop-down menu under "Additional Hotel Night - Double." Then click on "Purchase." This will take you to another site to complete your transaction. You'll have to fill in the required information for each ticket. For those staying at the hotel, this will include indicating the dates of your stay. For example, if you plan on staying June 24 - June 28, you will indicated June 24 and 25 on your "Registration + 2 nights at $500." Then you will have to fill in your information for each night you purchase under "Additional Hotel Nights - Double" including June 26 for ticket 1, June 27 for ticket 2, and June 28 for ticket 3. Then your credit cards will be processed by Picatic's secure servers.
We understand this process is more complex than other hotel ticketing systems, but it's the best way for us to guarantee your rooms at a competitive price during peak summer season in Finland. Please reach out with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you in Tampere.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-374-2718
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