Jyväskylä Pride 2023 – english version

Jyväskylä Pride week was from 4th until 10th of September in 2023!

Welcome to the rainbowiest week in Jyväskylä at the beginning of September! Jyväskylä Pride 2023 took place in week 36 (started already on Friday 1 September), and the program was full of versatile activities, workshops, parties, bingo, art exhibitions, pop-up shops, joint sports, film, support groups and of course the Jyväskylä pride parade, park parties and the legendary evening party!

Please also note the presentation of the art exhibition outside Pride week at the end of the program.

Events are not age-restricted, unless otherwise stated in the event information! All events follow the principles of a safer space!

Many thanks to Jyväskylä Pride’s partners! Without you there would be no Prides. Collaboration partners for the 2023 Jyväskylä Pride week can be found at the bottom of the site.

— FRIDAY 1.9. —

Ilokivi Queer Night – Pride Edition – (K18)

8 PM – 2 AM – Ilokivi venue, Keskussairaalantie 2

Drag performances, DJ music – what else could you want from a Friday night?! At Ilokivi Queer Night – Pride Edition, you can enjoy amazing drag performances and dance until the wee hours of the morning to the rhythm of the DJ!

The drag artists performing during the evening are:

  • Vihapiirakka
  • Viktor Koolla
  • Bambi Bizarre

…and NRS Promotions is responsible for the music!

Advance tickets €12/per from Kide.app:
At the door (if available) €15/per. Only card payment is accepted at the door.

Doors open at 8 PM. Cloakroom fee 3 €/person. Payment on the spot.

Ilokivi Queer Night is realised by Ilokivi Venue and JYY, the student union of the University of Jyväskylä, together with Jyväskylä Burlesque, an excellent community of central Finnish burlesque artists and enthusiasts, whose handwriting is the program of the evening.
The address of Ilokivi Venue is Keskussairaalantie 2. The venue follows JYY’s safer space principles and is an accessible space. Facebook event here.

The event has an entrance fee (€)

The event is accessible

— MONDAY 4.9. —

Tattoo studio Sopu Pride event – (K18)

4.9.2023 & 7.9.2023 from 10 AM, appointment only

Come get tattooed and do good!✨🌈 Studio Sopu organizes a tattoo event during Jyväskylä pride week, where pride-themed tattoos are made by appointment. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Jyväskylä Seta @jklseta!

Tattoos are done on two days: Monday, 4.9. and on Thursday, 7.9. from 10 AM onwards.

The tattoo designs will be published on August 28, and the booking for an appointment starts on August 29. at 3 PM. Appointments for tattoo designs can be reserved by sending a message to the tattooist by email:


The portfolios and pride-themed tattoo designs of the artists participating in the event can be found on Instagram:

@iinapiinatattoo (participating: Mon&Thu)
@pilvitattoo (participating: Mon&Thu)
@j.laakkonentattoo (participating: Thu)

Studio Sopu is located at Vapaudenkatu 25. Entry to the event is by appointment only. Assistants and one support group are welcome in addition to the person being tattooed. More detailed directions and a price estimate can be found when booking an appointment before committing to a tattoo time.

Welcome 💖

Tattoos are for a fee (€)

The event is accessible

Low threshold run (more challenging run)

Around 3 PM – 4:30 PM – Aallontie 5

Departure at 3 PM from Mattilanniemi from the Hotel Alba side of the bridge (Aallontie 5) and back to Mattilanniemi via the Kuokkala bridge, distance approx. 4.5 km. We’ll see on the spot if we want to go all together or if we’ll split into e.g. walkers and joggers. The run is not accessible to wheelchairs, as there are a few steep climbs on the way, but you can manage with an assistant. The rules of a safer space apply to the run, and you are welcome to join regardless of your fitness level. Please bring weather-appropriate clothes and a drinking bottle!

The event is free

The event is accessible

Workshop – erotic comics – (K18)

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Matara, room Talvikki, Matarankatu 6

Have you admired Touko Laaksonen’s erotic imagery and dreamed of putting your own fantasies on paper? Visual artist Katja Kokko guides you to the erotic world of art with the power of painting and drawing. Bring your most familiar and favorite work tools with you or start with me with charcoal drawing tools. Participation does not require a complex idea or drawing skills, but rather interest and curiosity about the subject.

ATTENTION! Entry only with advance notice! The fastest 20 will get in, please send a message to kokkoraw(ät)gmail.com. You will be notified by email if the registration was successful. Also contact this email if you have any questions about the event.

Artist’s IG: katja_of_finland

The event is free

The event is accessible

International meetup

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – University library, room B247, Seminaarinkatu 15 B

Welcome to an international LGBTQ+ meetup! We’ll play some games and get to know one another. We can also plan further meetings and get togethers for the upcoming year.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Polyamourous meeting

6PM – 7:30 PM – Cafe Miriam’s, Asemakatu 12

Do you need more information about polyamory or other forms of multi-partner relationships? Wondering if you might be polyamorous? Are you in a polyamorous relationship and would you need peer support and conversational company from others like you? Is someone close to you poly, and you want to understand them better? You can join even if you have more questions than experience! There is peer support, a hangout club and free multi-topic discussion. This is not a dating service, although meeting new people is welcome. 🙂 The group is drug-free.

The event is free

The event is accessible

— Tuesday 5.9. —

Low threshold run (easier version)

8 PM – 9 PM – Viitaniementie 15

Travel approx. 1.7 km. We go the whole way at a walking pace and if necessary, we stop at e.g. benches.

The rules of a safer space apply to the run, and you are welcome to join regardless of your fitness level. Please bring weather-appropriate clothes and a drinking bottle!

The event is free

Accessible – There is a gravel road for part of the journey in Viitaniemi and a couple of gentle hills on the way, but wheelchair accessible.

Culture workshop Trombi’s rainbow-themed film screening – (K12)

1 PM – 4 PM – Cultural workshop Trombi (yellow old wooden house), Rajakatu 41

Cultural workshop Trombi in Taulumäki on Tuesday 5th of September from 1 PM to 4 PM is hosting a rainbow-themed film screening. Let’s watch the strongly atmospheric film ”Baby Jane” (2019) based on Sofi Oksanen’s novel. Come and have a look and chat over a cup of coffee and a small bite! Alcohol-free event.

The event is free

Entrance with a wheelchair ramp and disabled toilet, indoors with approximately 5 cm thresholds in the doorways

Pride-themed Board Game Night

4 PM – 10 PM – Expa/Digi&Game center, Matarankatu 2

Expa Game Business Cooperative and Fantasiapelit provide a Pride-themed board game night at the accessible spaces of Digi & Game Center. There is a large variety of different games from short casual games to long and intense role-playing games. Bring your friends with you or come and make some new friends in the laid-back gaming atmosphere. Expa provides the snacks for the evening. The event is for all ages.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Banner painting workshop

4 PM – 6 PM – Gloria, Matarankatu 6

Come paint signs/banners for the Jyväskylä Pride parade and spend time at the Multicultural Center Gloria! We are serving coffee, tea and snacks. Event is organized by Multicultural Center Gloria, ETNO, FRC Western Finland District and Seta ry. Organizers will provide materials. Gloria’s space is accessible, and signs can be painted outside if the weather allows. You’re warmly welcome!

The event is free

The event is accessible

Radical Cross Stitches

4 AM – 6 PM – Jyväskylä Taidemuseo lounge, Kauppakatu 23

Radical cross stitchers will gather during Pride week in the lobby of the Art Museum on Tuesday, September 5. from 4 PM to 6 PM. Jyväskylä Seta and radical cross stitchers will provide materials. You don’t need to have previous experience.

The event is free

Next to the door is a threshold and a heavy door, with assistance you can get inside

Queer Speedfriending

5 PM – 10 PM – Ilokivi venue, Keskussairaalantie 2

Speedfriending is the fun and social little sibling of the more well-known dating concept. It’s designed to spark creative conversations and to lower the threshold for talking with strangers. Showing that good conversations and possible friendships can be just a simple hey – and question away!
Ilokivi Venue’s address is Keskussairaalantie 2. The Venue follows JYY’s safer space policy and is an accessible space.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Jyväskylä breastfeeding support group

5 PM – 7 PM – Café Wilhelmiina (Nikolainkulma), Asemakatu 6

Jyväskylä’s breastfeeding support group is organizing a breastfeeding cafe on Tuesday 5th of September in honor of Pride Week. From 5 PM to 7 PM at the cafe in Wilhelmiina. We have reserved the farthest room for two hours for the event. So trained support staff are there to talk about breastfeeding with visitors.

The event is free

The event is accessible

— Wednesday 6.9. —

Pastries and dreams

12 PM – 4 PM – Bostari (Forum shopping center 2nd floor)

Bostari is serving coffee and rainbow baked goods. A chance to write your dreams on a Dream tree.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Pin and sticker workshop

4 PM – 8 PM – Music Against Drugs Ry:s office, Matarankatu 4, 3rd floor

Making Pride themed pins and stickers.

The event is free

Barrier-free access to office premises (elevator, automatic doors and disabled toilet on the ground floor)

Gender-minorities meeting

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Matara (Matara-hall, 2nd floor), Matarankatu 6

In celebration of Pride, we’re hosting a meetup for gender minorities! You’re welcome to join, whether you’re trans, intersex, non-binary, genderless, a cross dresser, or still thinking about your identity. The meetup is hosted by Tuija from the transfem gatherings and Hensu from the non-binary gatherings. Come hang out with us and have some tea!

The event is free

The event is accessible

Bi, pan+ meeting

5:30 PM – 7 PM – Gloria premises (Matara), Matarankatu 6

The meeting promises free discussion and peer support regarding bi, pan and other multi-orientational lives. There are often first-timers and also veterans, so feel free to come along! You do not need to register for the groups in advance or be a member of the association to be able to join. The meeting is confidential between the visitors. The group is drug-free.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Vinokino – (K16)

From 7 PM onwards, movie duration 73 minutes, Villa Rana, Seminaarinkatu 13


United States/USA 2023
Director: D. Smith
73 min, K16

Language: English, Subtitles: Finnish

With Seta’s membership card, you get a 50% discount on the regular price ticket.

Kokomo City, directed by two-time Grammy nominee D. Smith, presents the stories of four black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Shot in striking black and white, this unabashed and unapologetic documentary depicts the courage of these women and their poignant honesty in an incisive social commentary.

Entrance fee event, €14 (standard) / €12 (students, pensioners, unemployed) (-50% discount for JKL Seta members), K-16 film, duration 73 min

The event has an entrance fee (€)

When entering from the back, the space is accessible.

Rainbow karaoke – (K18)

Starts 8 PM – Yläkaupungin Ale-Pub, Kauppakatu 6

Queer karaoke with amazing hosts! Come and have fun in an awesome rainbow group.

The event is free

There are steps at the entrance, you can enter with assistance.

— Thursday 7.9. —

Tattoo studio Sopu Pride event – (K18)

Time: with advance reservation – Vapaudenkatu 25

(See detailed information about the event on this page under Monday 4 September, the same information also applies to Thursdays)

Tattoos are for a fee (€)

The event is accessible

Pride walk-in by Hoivalaitos – (K18)

11 AM – 8 PM – Kauppakatu 14 inner ward (arrival instructions can be found from Hoivalaitos IG page highlights)

Tattoo studio Hoivalaitos is organizing a Pride Walk-in tattoo day on 7th of September. Pride-themed flash tattoos with prices can be checked beforehand at @hoivalaitos Instagram account and at the studio on the event day. Prices per picture are around 50-80€ and 10% of the income is donated to SETA ry. Artists Instagram handles: @suvink_tattoo & @rainyink_tattoo

Tattoos are for a fee (€)

Wheelchair accessible through the adjacent pizzeria is possible, only with advance notice

Olohuone by JYY: QUEER! pop up

12 PM – 5 PM – Ilokivi venue, Keskussairaalantie 2

Welcome to the pop up shop of queer artists from Central Finland! During the day you will have the opportunity to visit the Venue QUEER! exhibition, which presents the works of queer artists from Central Finland, and to shop at the various artists’ tables. Venue’s bar will be open all day and you can also just hang out and play board games on site.
Ilokivi Venue’s address is Keskussairaalantie 2. The Venue follows JYY’s safer space policy and is an accessible space.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Youth House Pride café

3 PM – 5 PM – Nuorten talo (2nd floor), Asemakatu 4

Pride cafe at Nuorten talo on Thursday, 7th of September. From 3 PM to 5 PM at Asemakatu 4, 2nd floor. Coffee and tea and small sweet treats are available. Laura Jyläng’s colorful and profound artworks are displayed next to the café. During the coffee break, you can participate in a game of bingo to compete for prizes. In addition to these, it is possible to participate in making a joint artwork. More information about the cafe from youth counselor Outi, phone 050 478 2578, (also Whatsapp and Signal)

The event is free

The facilities are on the second floor. There is an elevator, but access to the elevator is unfortunately not completely accessible

Women’s group goes Board games group

5:30 PM – 7 PM – Matara (Talvikki-hall, 2nd floor, opposite from Seta’s office), Matarankatu 6

The women’s group and the board game group organize a joint low-threshold meet, come along to play board games or just hang out and get to know the group. Tea and treats are provided. The group is drug-free.

The event is free

The facility is accessible by elevator, barrier-free

Open doors at the Shibari studio – Studio Moth’s RopeJam fall opening – (K18) – BOOKED

6 PM – 11 PM (doors open until 7 PM, after 7 PM the space is reserved for those who have already arrived) – Taidesaari, Varassaari, Tikkutehtaantie 2, 40800 Vaajakoski

Note! Unfortunately, due to the high demand and the limited size of the space, the fall opening of the Shibari studio is full, entry only for pre-registrated!

Welcome to visit Taidesaari’s living room in Kappeli, where Studio Moth’s RopeJams fall season opens during Pride event week. Come spend an evening, discuss tying ideas with other shibari enthusiasts, watch tying from a distance or tie yourself. You might also find a person there to share the hobby with, so it’s perfectly fine to come alone. Tuition and loan ropes are available for those who wish, but we proceed casually and informally without a more detailed program structure.
You can buy coffee and tea + snacks on the spot for a small fee. Your own snacks are allowed. Music is playing until 11 PM. Come start your weekend!
IG: @studio_moth / @kappeli.venue – studiomoth.net

The event is free, refreshments can be bought

Not accessible. Space on the second floor and accessible only by stairs

Open mic – (K18)

6:30 PM – 9 PM – Seminaarinkatu 26 B

Voir-Collective is celebrating its 2nd birthday as part of Pride week at the writer’s house with a poetry evening and an open stage. Once again, there will be poetry, music, colors, sit-up comedy and cake, as well as small gift poems. Come as yourself and, if you wish, with your own texts to celebrate the local pride spirit and transversal art. ❤️💛🧡💚💙💜

The event is free

Not accessible. (Stairs)

— Friday 8.9. —


4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Seta office (Matara 2nd floor), Matarankatu 6

Pinko is a leisure group aimed at the Jyväskylä area LGBTIQA+ youth and students, where even straight people can feel warmly welcome. If you like to spend your free time in a relaxed and free atmosphere in the company of other people, then Pinko is for you.

Pinko is built in its own way every year through the participants, so our activity is what we make of it together. It can vary from active activity to a more passive stay, according to our wishes and mood. Join the Pride week Pinko group! The group is drug-free.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Acemeeting: Asexual + aromatic

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Matara (Talvikki-room, 2nd floor, opposite of Seta’s office), Matarankatu 6

Jyväskylä’s tradition of ace meetups continues!

This Jkl Pride’s asexual & aromantic meetup is hosted during Jyväskylä Pride week, on Friday, 8th September at 5:30 – 7:30 PM, at Matara’s Talvikki (Matarankatu 6, 2nd floor, wheelchair access by lift in the hall).

The meetup is a casual hangout and the conversation doesn’t have to revolve around (a)sexuality and (a)romanticism, but you are more than welcome to join if either topic feels relevant to your life.

Come have tea and goodies with us! 🍰🎂

The event is free

The facility is accessible by elevator, barrier-free

Dildo bingo – (K18)

Starting from 7 PM, duration a few hours – Ylä-Ruth, Seminaarinkatu 19

Hilarious Dildobingo, with a Dildo and other fun goodies as prizes. There is no entrance fee to the event but bingo tickets cost €2/piece

The entrace is free, bingo tickets are for a fee

Accessible/also a disabled toilet

Pride-youth disco – (starting from 7th grade – max age 17 years)

7 PM – 10 PM – Veturitallit, Veturitallinkatu 6

Jyväskylä Pride’s first evening party aimed at young people is here! Come and have fun with a low threshold. At the disco, you can find friends for Saturday’s parade and the Park Festival, and during the evening there is also the opportunity to make Pride-themed pins. Snacks are available, in addition Veturitalli’s café Kisko serves customers during the event!

The event is alcohol-free and follows the principles of a safe space.

The event is free

The event is accessible

— Saturday 9.9. —

Pride parade

Gathering for the parade starts at 11 AM and leaves at 12 PM, Kirkkopuisto

The Pride parade, which has already become a tradition, will gather in Kirkkopuisto on Saturday 9th of September at 11 AM and leave for Lounaispuisto at 12 PM.

The event is free

The event is accessible

Park party

1 PM – 4:30 PM – Lounaispuisto

We will have a park party in Lounaispuisto after the parade arrives, from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Come listen to music, tour the stalls of different parties, buy advance tickets (limited number) for the evening party (K18!) or, for example, have a picnic with your group of friends! The evening will be hosted by the sparkling Wanda O Rly and the deliciously lovely Lettu.

The event is free

The park is in a hilly area, we recommend those coming with a wheelchair to bring an assistant. The audience areas on the stage are not accessible, but the top row is wheelchair accessible

Evening party – (K18)

9 PM – 4:30 AM – Freetime, Kauppakatu 30

Come join the rainbow party of the year! The evening party culminates Pride week and is on Freetime from 9 PM to 4:30 AM. The performers are e.g. Thelise, Unzyme, Ready set pole and Koma.

Entrance is paid. Jyväskylä Seta members €8, others €12. Advance tickets allow you to skip the line until midnight! (Advance tickets sold at the park party)

The event has an entrance fee (€)

Accessible, second floor accessible by elevator

— Sunday 10.9. —

Hustle Dance workshop

2 PM – 3:45 PM and 3:45 – 5 PM – Tanssisali Lutakko

Welcome to dwell deeper into the hustle! Hustle is a social street- and club partner dance from the 70’s New York, USA, founded and developed by people of color and people from the LGBTQIA+-community. Hustle is mostly danced to disco, funk, house, RnB and pop and paved the way for a more inclusive and gender neutral approach – anybody can lead and follow. More detailed description of the workshop coming soon.

Denie was introduced to hustle by local community leaders in Brno, Czechia in 2012. Intrigued by the technical complexity of the dance she geeked out and traveled around the globe to exchange ideas on the dance. Her main focus for the last 10 years has been figuring out how to deepen the connection between dancers so both can express their innermost selves.

In this workshop we will NOT go through the basics, so if you want to learn them before you can join the Saturday 9.9 jam (location and time provided soon), OR if you want to learn the basics even before that you can contact elli.a.heiska(at)gmail.com for any hustle sessions happening in Jyväskylä or if you happen to pass by Helsinki you can check out the hustle sessions there provided by Hustlinki (hustlinki(at)gmail.com or @hustlinki on instagram). 🌟

-The workshop will be held in English – questions can be asked also in Finnish or Swedish. The workshop will be from 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM with a 15 min break at 2:45 PM.

Where: Lutakko 40100 Jyväskylä
When: 10.9.2023 from 2 PM to 3:45 PM, social from 13:45 PM to 5 PM —————————————————————————————

Safer Space Guidelines:

To make everybody attending the workshop feel as comfortable and safe as possible, everybody attending is asked to read through and commit to the Safer Space Guidelines provided. If there is something you would like to ask about them, change or add to the list, please don’t hesitate to contact us through ronjaajansson(at)gamail.com or elli.a.heiska(at)gmail.com. All feedback is welcome <3

  • Let’s not make assumptions about gender, background, sexuality, ethnicity, health, identity etc of others. 
  • Let’s ask for consent.
  • Respect each other as well as your own boundaries (physical, mental and emotional).
  • Let’s be aware of the privileges and prejudices we have as well as the space we take. 
  • No harassment or discrimination of any kind (racism, sexism, fatphobia, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, ageism etc) is accepted here. If you experience, see or hear anything that is not okay – intervene and/or come to talk with the Hustlinki/Seta/SADE staff. 
  • Let’s accept, respect and welcome everybody to come just as they are💜
  • Let’s not assume leader- or follower roles for each other – anybody can lead or follow 🌟
  • Let’s ask permission to take photos and/or videos of other people as well as about posting them online. (This will also be asked at the beginning of the workshop!)

These guidelines above are inspired by Javiera Marchant, Urban Apa and Feminist Culture House.

Any questions about anything? Send an e-mail to ronjaajansson(at)gmail.com or elli.a.heiska(at)gmail.com🌟

SADE offers Seta members a reduced ticket to Sunday’s hustle workshop for 17,50 €. Show us your membership (IG @jklseta or email jklsetainfo@gmail.com) and you will receive a link to purchase a discounted ticket from us. See you in the hustle! <3

The workshop is for a fee (€) – jams from 15:45 onwards are free

The facilities are accessible, but the event is not (e.g. demanding dance moves, no separate sleep mode, loud noises).

Rainbow mass

5 PM – 6 PM – Kuokkala church, Syöttäjänkatu 4

In the Kuokkala church, Jyväskylä Pride 2023 – is the week’s rainbow mass where everyone is welcome as themselves. Coffee is offered afterwards.

The event is free

Kuokkala church is wheelchair accessible. Also barrier-free toilets and an induction loop

— Other times —

Q U E E R ! -exhibition

1.-30.9.23 – Ilokivi venue, Keskussairaalantie 2

Throughout September, Ilokivi Venue will be showing works by queer artists from Central Finland. The works deal with different themes from a queer perspective. The exhibition is free of charge.

The exhibition features works by the following artists: Aamu Elokannas, Anniina Heikinheimo, Elo Mikael, Jenna Rauvala / KUMMA UNI, Nea Juntunen ja Oona Rohde.

Ilokivi Venue is open in September as follows:

4-7 September, Mon-Thu 12 pm – 5 pm
From 11 September onwards Mon-Wed from 1 pm – 5 pm

The address of the Venue is Keskussairaalantie 2. The Venue follows JYY’s safer space policy and is a accessible space.

The event is free

Wheelchair-accessible, also barrier-free toilet

Pride week in the city library

4. – 10.9. – City library, Vapaudenkatu 39–41

During Jyväskylä’s own Pride week, the Jyväskylä city library receives five cartoon tips from the group of the Central Finland Comic Society. Rainbow book tips can be found on the library’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The main library’s first display window will be a Pride-themed exhibition. On the second floor of the library, there is a permanent rainbow shelf of books for adults and young people. The nearby libraries in Kortepohja, Vaajakoski and Huhtasuo also have a permanent rainbow shelf, and at least the Tikkakoski and Kortepohja libraries will have a book exhibition or reading tips related to rainbow books during Pride week.

The event is free

Accessible space

Jyväskylä Pride 2023 – Our partners

Burger King
Digi Ink
Expa/Digi & Game center
Family Creatives
Gloria ry
Hoivalaitos / Suvink_tattoo
Keski-Suomen hyvinvointialue – Hyvaks
International students in JYU
Jelmu ry
Johanna Hurme hi7e hi7e
Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulun opiskelijakunta – JAMKO
Jyväskylän burleskiyhdistys ry
Jyväskylän Kaupunginkirjasto
Jyväskylän Yliopisto
Jyväskylän yliopiston oppilaskunta – JYY
Katja Kokko
Kino Aurora
Musti ja Mirri
Nuorten talo
Parkour akatemia / sirkuskoulu
Pro Ammattiliitto ry
Psyon Games
Ready set pole
Riva Clothing
Saristo Oy / Valhalla Työnohjaus
Seurakunta JKL
Studio Moth
Suomen Punainen Risti ry
Tatuointistudio Sopu
Teatterikone ry
Tyyni Hoiva Oy
Visit Jyväskylä
Wanda O Rly
Yläkaupunging Ale-pubi

The organiser reserves the right to make changes.