Supplementary Programming

There’s a lot more going on at Finncon than the lectures and panel discussions in the main building. Here are some selections from the weekend’s offering.

Researchers’  meeting

Organizer: FINFAR Thursday 15 — Friday 16 July (invitation only)

Since 2000, a seminar of academic researchers has been organized in connection with Finncon. These two-day seminars have provided science fiction and fantasy researchers with a unique opportunity for feedback from others knowledgeable in the genre. The foreign Guests of Honour have also occasionally participated in commenting on the papers presented at the seminars. In addition, FINFAR, the Finnish Network of Fantasy Research, has been founded on the basis of these seminars. The themes of the researchers’ meeting are presented in the con programme on Sunday from 12 to 1 p.m. (hall C3).

Friday’s literature programme

The con kicks off on Friday 16 July at Kirjailijatalo starting at 11.30 a.m. in the form of literary conversations. At 11.30 the topic is this year’s Hugo nominees , from 1 to 3 p.m. the Guests of Honour Ellen Kushner and Pat Cadigan, joined by fantasy writer Delia Sherman, discuss science fiction and research, and from 3 p.m. onwards there is a meeting of the Finnish Science Fiction Writers Association. Friday’s literature programme is open to all interested visitors.

Writers’ meeting and Nova award presentation

Organizer: Finnish Science Fiction Writers Association, Friday 16 July from 3 to 6 p.m. at Kirjailijatalo.

An afternoon devoted to writing, open to all visitors.

3 to 4 p.m. Sari Peltoniemi: Kirjoittamiseni juuret [The roots of my writing]
4 to 5.30 p.m. Pat Cadigan, Ellen Kushner: On writing
5.30 to 18 p.m. The Nova award presentation ceremony

Accelerator Laboratory

Friday 16 July at 5 p.m.

A visit to the accelerator laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä. You can see all three particle accelerator systems and learn about research being done on them.  For example, there is a gamma ray detector system used for measurements that looks a bit like the one in the Hulk movie. The laboratory is located about a 20-minute walk away from the con venue. The group accommodates 25 people. Registrations at <>

Finncon Tournament

The traditional science fiction table hockey tournament.

Friday starting at 8 p.m. at Restaurant Sohwi. Registrations on the spot.


Ilokivi Friday 16 July to Sunday 18 July

For the movie buff, this is a wonderful opportunity to see an indie movie in the making. The production community of the makers of Iron Sky and Star Wreck organize a whole weekend of programming at Ilokivi. There are movie productions at different stages, storyboards, behind the scenes presentations, posters, presentations of blue screen technology, and finished movies. Meet the moviemakers of the international network and ask whatever you like! For more information, see the Wreckamovie page.


Cyborg workshop and cat ear workshop
Saturday 17 July from 12 to 2 p.m. at the university main building, third floor hallway
Drop by and craft your own con accessories! No registration, come when you want!

Horror in the cellar [in Finnish]
Saturday 17 July from 3 to 4 p.m. at Kirjailijatalo
Horror writer Boris Hurtta reads horrifying stories in the cellar of Kirjailijatalo – and also talks about writing. Preliminary registration at the information desk during the con on Saturday 17 July by 2.30 p.m. The first eight people fit in.

Scifi/Fantasy monologue/demo presentation workshop [in Finnish]
Juomatehdas Studio

The workshop takes place during Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m. and focuses on creating a short presentation for Saturday’s evening party at Lozzi. The workshops can be accepted as coursework (TAIA222 Textual and visual analysis) for the University of Jyväskylä with the addition of a separate essay agreed upon in advance. For more information, contact Laura Häkkinen, tel. 040 702 4592.

Finncon lectures as summer studies
The Department of Art and Culture Studies now accepts Finncon in the traditional way. For information on the requirements, see Korppi: the code is TAIA221. The responsible teacher is Irma Hirsjärvi.

European Swordsmanship [in Finnish]

Arn vs. Liechtenauer
Saturday 17 July, hall C5 from 1.30 to 3 p.m.

Jukka Salmi lectures on the development of European swordsmanship from the Early Medieval Age to the Renaissance. He also discusses the differences between swordplay as seen on screen and stage and the way contemporary sources describe the use of weapons. Jukka Salmi has taught old European swordsmanship at the Jyväskylä Historical Swordfighting Society since 2006.

Interested visitors have an opportunity to learn old swordsmanship skills at a workshop organized in connection with the lecture (front yard from 4 to 5 p.m.). Registration for the workshop takes place after the lecture or on the spot.


Meetings of various communities are organized in connection with Finncon. The location is Kirjailijatalo.

12 to 2 p.m. Risingshadow meeting
2 to 3 p.m. Finlandssvensk meeting
3 to 4 p.m. Hobb meeting

12 to 2 p.m. The Finnish Science Fiction Writers Association (with an introduction by e.g. Boris Hurtta) for all those interested in writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
3 to 4 p.m. Buffy meeting


The tradition Finncon masquerade is here again! The deadly serious but playful masquerade is organized on Saturday 17 July. The actual presentation of the costumes takes place at the con from 5.40 to 6 p.m. and the prizes are awarded at the evening party at 8 p.m. (in case the winners are underage, prizes can be awarded directly after the costume presentation). The venue is Restaurant Lozzi, located behind the university main building.

For more information, contact Kisu.

Of course, you can also hang around Finncon in costume even if you don’t want to take part in the masquerade!

The return of the science fiction flea market

Location: University main building, Sat-Sun during the opening hours of the con
Once again, Finncon offers a flea market bursting with speculative fiction. Get your bargain reading here!

History of board games [in Finnish]

This year, Finncon’s board game department returns to its roots to the history of card and board games. Classics from decades, centuries, and millennia back, and naturally also their modern descendants, are on display and ready to be played. Come to hear and experience where these games have come from and where they are going.

University library cafeteria, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Markku Jaatinen, tel. 040 587 2713

Evening party

The evening party is held at student restaurant Lozzi, located behind the main building in building P at the address Keskussairaalantie 4, the building next to Ilokivi. The entrance fee is 2 euros, although traditionally entry is free for those wearing costumes. There’s plenty of food and drink for sale, so there’s no need to go all the way to the city centre to get fuelled up. The doors are open from 6 p.m. The programme includes non-disturbing music, the theatre workshop show, the masquerade award presentation ceremony, and naturally also filks!

Mensa test [in Finnish]

Mensa Finland organizes an official intelligence test on Sunday at 4 p.m. in hall C3 of the University of Jyväskylä.

The Mensa test is a culture-independent pattern recognition test that is not significantly affected by educational background. The test takes about an hour. The age limit for testing is 16 years, and the price of the test is 30 euros. If the person to be tested can show a verified home test result under his or her name, 5 euros are deducted from the test price. Please provide payment in cash and an identification card. Taking the test requires normal eyesight and ability to use a pen. The test is strictly confidential.

Solaris multimedia radio play [in Finnish]

Solaris ranks among the most significant works of Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. It is the story of scientists who study the planet Solaris and strange events taking place at the research station. This classic novel has now been dramatized into a multimedia radio play, in which dialogue between the characters and gorgeous soundscapes are combined with images and colours projected onto a planetarium dome. The result is an intensive and very impressive work of art that takes listeners not only to the ends of space, but also to the depths of the human mind.

The radio play is directed and dramatized by Väinö Vainio, and the main roles are played by Kari Kihlström, Tapani Perttu, Raimo Grönberg, Ola Tuominen, Ulla-Maija Siikavire, Antti Majanlahti, Ari Myllyselkä, and Eriikka Magnusson.

Tuesday 13 July at 7 p.m.
Wednesday 14 July at 7 p.m.
Thursday 15 July at 7 p.m.
Friday 16 July at 7, 9, and 11 p.m.
Saturday 17 July at 7, 9, and 11 p.m.

Duration 1 h 20 min Tickets 19 euros

Tickets for sale at, tel. 0600 900 900 and Kallioplanetaario tel. 010 470 7200
Kallioplanetaario, Vertaalantie 419, 40270 Palokka (20 km north of Jyväskylä at Nyrölä)


Bookcrossing is an international ”book liberation movement” based on the American web page The main idea is to give books that you don’t need to other people, even total strangers, to read. The simplest way to do this is by releasing a book, in other words, by leaving it in a public place to be picked up by anyone interested.

Finnish bookcrossers and amounts of books

The best place to release or catch books in Jyväskylä is the brochure lobby of the main library, where a separate space has been reserved for Bookcrossing books.