Venue

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Tampere Hall and Sorsapuisto Park (image credit: Laura Vanzo, Visit Tampere).

The main conference venue is Tampere Hall, next to the Tampere University main campus, and very close to the city centre and e.g. main railway and bus stations, and city hotels. Tampere Hall is the largest culture and conference centre in the Nordic countries. In addition to hosting major conferences, it is also home for the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, á la carte restaurant Tuhto, and the world’s only Moomin Museum.

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Moomin statue, in front of Tampere Hall (image credit: Laura Vanzo, Visit Tampere).

Tampere is a key region in games. Tampere is one of the leading cities of game development and game research in Europe. There are over 50 game companies in the area, several degree programs offering game related education, and a host of game culture events from Game Jams to role-playing game conventions. Tampere is also home to the Finnish Museum of Games, opened in 2017. Digital Games Research Association DiGRA was founded in Tampere in 2003, and an annual international game research seminar has been held in Tampere since 2005.

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The Finnish Museum of Games (image credit: Tiia Monto, Wikipedia).

The Tampere Region is one of Finland’s fastest growing centres. Tampere was founded by Sweden’s young monarch, Gustavus III, in 1779. The city has a monumental industrial history: the Finlayson cotton mill was the first large-scale industrial enterprise in Finland and it was in fact in fact in Finlayson’s factory hall that the first electric light in the Nordic countries was lit. Today Tampere can be described as a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.

Tampere has a population of more than 220,000 while there are close to half a million people in the greater Tampere Region. It is Finland’s third largest city as well as the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. Tampere is located on an isthmus between lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, in a beautiful ridge scenery. These clean and inviting lakes are located just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. The Tammerkoski rapids are a nationally recognized landscape. The city is particularly known for its vibrant theatre scene. The city also has wonderful amusement park, Särkänniemi. Tampere is the perfect mixture of urban nature, interesting places, and abundance of cultural events.

Welcome to Tampere!

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OASIS Space, Gamelab, Tampere University (image credit: Laura Vanzo, Visit Tampere).