• The application period is January, ending on the last weekday of January at 3 pm.
• If any grant funds are left after the grant decisions made in the boards in March, the second application period for project grants will end on the last weekday of August at 3 pm.
• Project grants for cultural, youth and civil society activities may be applied for by registered associations domiciled in Jyväskylä as well as communities and informal work and activity groups operating in Jyväskylä.
- The application period is January, ending on the last day of January 2021 at 3 pm.
- Registered associations domiciled in Jyväskylä may apply for the subsidy to fund the ongoing operations of the association.
- The subsidy is intended for expenses incurred in activities outlined in the association’s plan of operation, enclosed with the application.
- The application must be accompanied by a plan of operation and a budget for the operating year.
- A newly founded association may apply for an operating grant only after operating as a registered association at lea
These grants are intended to create opportunities for cultural, sports and exercise, youth, and civic activities in Jyväskylä and to encourage citizens to partake in communal activity to improve their welfare and quality of life.
Grants decided by the cultural and sports committee and by the education committee
Following grants to cultural, sports and exercise, and civic activities are made by the cultural and sports committee and grants to youth activities by the education committee of the City of Jyväskylä:
There are three electric cars in Jyväskylä for shared use by city employees, residents and tourists.
The cars will be available to employees of the City of Jyväskylä's administrative quarter during office hours from 07:00 to 16:30. In the evenings and on weekends, cars can be rented by private individuals.
In 2015, UNESCO celebrated the Year of Light and since then, the Global Day of Light has been celebrated on the 16th of May.
In 2016, the event programme included more than 40 temporary light installations and light-themed ancillary events that provided lessons and experiences about light.
From the network of the event, around 45 operators and approximately 500 people participated in the planning and the execution of the ancillary events. In total, more than 7,000 hours were spent on light-themed projects.
The event gathered around 75,000 visitors during the three nights and the public transport of the Jyväskylä region offered free rides to 29,000 visitors.
The 2017 event was built from an ensemble of over 50 temporary light installations and ancillary events. This year,
The Church Park saw the largest collection of UV light art ever carried out in Finland, which was implemented by e.g. Annie Mitchell (USA), Kasia Malejka and Joachim Slugocki (Poland) Alexander Reichstein (Russia), as well as the Flowers of Life light art collective.
In 2018, the event included over 60 temporary light installations and ancillary events. Light installations were undertaken by 12 foreign artists from five different countries in addition to domestic artists. In addition, around 50 operators and nearly 600 people participated in the planning and the execution of ancillary events.
The event included some distinguished installations, like BIBI's mighty Red Elephant on the Compass Square and the Secret Garden in the Church Park, built by seven artists.
The design manual for outdoor lighting serves the city and designers as a tool that helps to maintain and control the technical, economic and urban development of lighting in Jyväskylä. The design guideline aims to establish aspirational quality categories and common game rules for the design, construction, restructuring, maintenance and control of lighting. The guidance has been completed as a multi-disciplinary working group collaboration in 2017 and will be updated.
The Design with Nature exhibition showcases the newest works of Miia Suojala Design. Miia Suojala who is a clothes designer and a Bachelor of Fashion and Clothing, started her company in Jyväskylä in 2006 and now the 15-year-old company is celebrating the milestone with their celebratory collection: NOLLAko?
The Treasures of the Bazars exhibition in the Craft Museum of Finland showcases traditional textiles and jewellery from Morocco to Tibet from the collections of collector Tuomas Sopanen. Nomadism and traditions appear clearly in these consumer textiles and decorations.
International Jyväskylä – Info Center is a multilingual service point, where one can get guidance and counseling on topics related to everyday living in 16 different languages.
International Jyväskylä – Info Center provides information on
The Come and Go installation consists of portrait slippers by visual artist Leena Illukka. She has applied hand embroidery in a new way and breaks the traditional way of presenting portraits in her personal and caricature portraits. In her art, Illukka often creates a series of stories that focus on the individual and the individual’s relationship with the society.
updated on 12 January 2020
Face mask recommendation
Following THL's recommendation (8 January 2021), the use of face masks is recommended to all Jyväskylä residents over the age 12 until further notice.
The use of face masks is recommended in the following settings:
This year’s cancellation of the extremely popular City of light –event was an exception in the long tradition. Despite the cancellation, The City of Light -team together with their partners want to organize light-themed installations that will bring joy to all those who move around the city during the dark hours. You can tour the installations safely in your own pace. May your winter be full of joy and light!
Jyväskylä’s architectural-, green- and participation policy, the OPEN Urban Environment, provides local aims regarding building activities and the environment and guides the planning practices applying to these. The policy principles include sustainable and interesting building activities, healthy residents and cosy environment.
Programmes and projects guiding the development of urban structure
There are several programmes and projects of different types underlying the development of urban structure. The OPEN Urban Environment Policy creates the architectural-, green- and participation policy of its own in the City of Jyväskylä for the purpose of planning and building the urban environment. This policy provides aims for developing the built environment in Jyväskylä and guides the planning practices regarding these aims.
The City of Jyväskylä provides and produces plenty of various map material that is available both in electronic and printed form. Some of the map material is free of charge and some requires paid permission to be published. It is also possible to order various kinds of theme- and customer-specific maps, according to need.
An architectural competition provides a way to find quality and untraditional housing and building solutions. It enables several types and comparable solution options to be surveyed and new planning and implementation methods developed. An architectural completion can be organised, for example, by a city or a municipality, but also by a public entity, an unincorporated state enterprise or private companies. Architectural competitions can be either public, open for all or limited, based on invitations.
The capital city of Alvar Aalto
Jyväskylä is well-known for Alvar Aalto’s architecture. There are in all 29 buildings in the city and its surrounding areas designed by Aalto, of which the most significant is the Säynätsalo Town Hall. Other buildings designed by Aalto include, among other things, the Church of Muurame, the campus of the University of Jyväskylä and the Alvar Aalto Museum.
The Säynätsalo Town Hall
After a general plan for a park or a green area has been drawn up, the next stage will be building planning. Building planning is proceeding according to the completed general plan, but at a more detailed level. During this building planning stage, play equipment and the materials to be used are chosen, among other things, and plantings are specified.
General planning of green areas
General plans shall be drawn up alongside the local detailed plans, which cover not only green areas but also, for example, communications and rainwater management solutions. A general plan clarifies the green area reservations in the local detailed plans, their use, the level of building, care and maintenance, the necessary investments as well as the implementation, care and management responsibilities.
Traffic planning refers to general planning with the purpose of creating guidelines for planning traffic routes in the urban region and for collecting information about the development of traffic flows. Traffic planning is done simultaneously with the local detailed planning within the area.