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Alkupamaus is celebrated on September

Welcome to HAMKO’s annual celebration of the beginning of the academic year, Alkupamaus! HAMK’s opening of the academic year, Sytytys ignites the evening, and after that, the celebration continues with HAMKO’s Alkupamaus.

(Sytytys means ignition in English, and Alkupamaus means Big Bang)

Sytytys is an event open to all HAMK students, which celebrates HAMK’s 30th anniversary. More information about Sytytys and registration are here. From the Sytytys, you can stay and celebrate Alkupamaus with us! In addition to HAMK students, other students and student-minded people are also welcome to the Alkupamaus.

The event has a checkpoint track, an event market and after-party. The theme of the event is animals. So dig out the best animal prints from your closet, and release your inner animal on the dance floor!

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Alkupamaus is celebrated at Hämeenlinna’s Loimua Arena. The checkpoint track goes around the Arena and the after-party takes place in the Arena. Start and finish of the checkpoint track in front of the Arena, at the HAMKO tent.

Address: Härkätie 17 B, 13130 Hämeenlinna
The place is the same where Sytytys, the opening event of HAMK’s academic year, is held. The event has food stalls and beverage areas both inside and outside. Toilets of the arena are open during the hold event.

Checkpoint track

The checkpoint track goes around Loimua Arena. The departure takes place from the HAMKO tent in the event marketplace, where you can get an info booklet. There are different types of tasks on the checkpoint track, which can be completed in any order. If there is a queue at one of the points, feel free to go to the other points first. You can complete any number of checkpoints. Prizes will be drawn among the participants. If you want to participate in the raffle, return the booklet to the tent.

The recommended team size is 2-10 people. In teams larger than this, it is better to divide into smaller ones with checkpoints, so it will be easier to complete. Checkpoints are open between 5 and 9 p.m.

Event market

At the event market, you can find e.g. partners of the student union who have gathered to meet the students. Visit the stands to see what they have to offer! The event market is open from 16:30 to 20:00.


The ticket price is €14 for HAMKO members and €18 for non-members. The cloakroom fee is included in the ticket price. The overall badge of the event serves as an admission ticket for the after-party, so you need it to get to Loimua Areena. If you want, you can attach the overalls badge to the overalls etc. already before the event.

Tickets are on sale at and the HAMKO office.


The party starts at Loimua Areena at 9 p.m., when the doors open. In the party, the DJ will dance the party animals, and the evening is crowned by the main performer of the evening, TIPPA!


The event market is open from 16:30 to 20:00
The checkpoints are open from 17:00 to 21:00
After party starts at 21:00 and ends at 02:00 (last call 01:30)


  • If you bring drinks with you, their consumption is strictly prohibited in the serving areas and inside the arena
  • It can be cool weather outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • You should eat in the evening, and also take care of non-alcoholic hydration.
  • Take care of your own team and friends, don’t leave anyone alone.
  • Behave in a matter-of-fact way, consider other people and don’t block public walkways.
  • Have fun in a good spirit, do not disturb, discriminate or bully others.
  • The event has security and people with first aid skills.
  • The decision to drink or not to drink is part of self-determination – don’t pressure anyone to drink.
  • In emergency situations (you need the police, an ambulance or the fire department), contact the emergency number 112.

In case of problems, contact the harassment contact persons. The harassment contact persons for the event are Rami Pennanen +35840 743 2386 and Aino Kouri +358 44 722 1001.

Welcome to the party!

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