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The mayor answers questions relating to the dog park in Arabianranta resident meeting

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 21:56, by pigasus

In February 2010, mayor Jussi Pajunen led a resident meeting in Arabianranta district where the residents had an opportunity to ask questions of various parties under city administration. The issue of a dog park came up a couple of times. Raimo K. Saarinen from Street and Park Division of Public Works Department gave en estimate of the construction schedule, saying the park will probably be constructed in 2011.

Read more on Artova homepage or watch a video of the event on Helsinki-kanava (both in Finnish).


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How it all began

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 22:46, by pigasus

I think it was in March 2011 that I noticed an A4 notification on the school wall where a group was looking for people to participate in the organisation of a film festival.

I’m Nikita Gavrilenko, and I started studying cultural management in the adult education programme of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in January 2011. Earlier I had studied Russian trade and international commerce, among other things, and in 2009 I graduated from the Metropolia Fashion and Clothing programme. Films have always been close to my heart; I believe in the healing power of moving pictures. In my studies, I will be concentrating on all things cinema, things like film festival organisation.

I remember vivdly the day I called Susanna and got an invitation for an interview at Kääntöpaikka. Read more

Spirit of Artova launch

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 22:16, by pigasus

This is the website for all the future twists and turns of the Spirit of Artova projects. Updating will start properly in August. The idea is to publish everything that goes on in the projects as accurately and transparently as possible.

Edible Arabianranta has proceeded with leaps, and there are already 20 urban growers tending their cultivations in Aalto City Garden at the junction of Muotoilijankatu and Arabiankatu. Go and have a look!

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Dog park – a threat or an opportunity?

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 22:43, by pigasus

The future dog park will spark a multitude of thoughts and feelings amongst the area residents. Will the barking of dogs be carried all the way to my flat? Will every dog owner clean up after his/her pet? Or will neglect to do so even in the enclosure, so that there will be a mountain of poo? Will the dogs be always on a lead when outside the enclosure? Will there be more car traffic in the area? Is the enclosure going to spoil the landscape of Vanhakaupunginlahti Bay?

For those who have just settled here in the district, the news of a dog park can come as a surprise. Maybe it’s a good reason to sit down every now and then and think what the dog enclosure and its use will mean for the environment, the surrounding residential area and those who live near-by. Maybe it would also be a good idea to emphasise the duties and responsibilities that are linked to the dog enclosure. Read more

Co-ordinator’s first appearance

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 20:24, by pigasus

Hi! My name is Minna Reinilä, and at the turn of the year I started my work trial at culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka, where I run the everyday functions and take care of PR, and at Spirit of Artova, where I’m a co-ordinator. I’m sure I’ll find out in the near future what all that means. At this point, it would seem that I’ll participate in co-ordinating Arabianranta Street Festival and join the media relations team of AFF. Writing is a dear hobby of mine, and I’m very interested in sharing in this blog how I experience working in this kind of environment.

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What kind of dog park would you like to see in Artova?

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 22:33, by pigasus

Let your voice be heard! We’re looking for ideas and opinions from dog owners, those without a dog, area residents, residents of other districts, those enthusiastic, those not so enthusiastic… everyone!

Let us know what you think here.


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Reformation of the meeting protocol

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 22:46, by pigasus

I can’t remember everyone’s names, I can see wandering eyes and hidden yawns. We run out of chairs. There are few things that motivate less than a poorly organised meeting. That’s what we had, and more than once.


I mentioned earlier how the production of a festival is shared by a large group of people. Somewhere in our co-operation fog we decided to invite absolutely everyone to our meetings, “so that everybody is up-to-date.” A mistake. If meetings swell into large gatherings, agenda is lost somewhere along the way and conversations become long and muddled. It’s time for a reformation. From now on, only the people whose contribution is necessary in the meeting will be invited. We mistook meetings to be internal communication, but that’s not the case. The people who know what their tasks are can easily keep up by reading the bulletins that drop into their inbox.

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The valuable publicity

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 22:54, by pigasus

I moved into Vallila recently, right nextdoor to Arabianranta district. That means I’ve had more opportunities to view the bustle at Kääntöpaikka and the buildings that have been signed up for My House Arabianranta. I still don’t have an internet connection so for that I’m relying on libraries, Kääntöpaikka and mbar that have been very important places for me as of late. My working hours have been reduced to the naptimes of my child and the early evening hours. Read more

My House Arabianranta is on in a minute!

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 22:27, by pigasus

The glorious event, largely organised by the residents of the involved buildings, draws near!

Before I can wrap up this week, though, I need everybody’s help in order to take care of all the chores. I jotted down a to-do list that consists of things we can do in our own time without any particular meetings.

At the moment the most critical tasks are distributing posters, making orders and picking up different materials for next week. The posters remind the locals of important dates; first-hand experience shows that without posters people simply won’t turn up. There are nearly a hundred of us out there, so we should be able to get a whole lot done!

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Artova Kino concept as a moving picture

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 22:29, by pigasus

Mari Andersson ja Azar Saiyar deconstructed the Artova Kino concept into bite-size entities in Artova Film Festival (AFF) mini seminar 7.9.2012 (see the video in this post). They told about the joys and challenges of running a movie club that has established itself in the Helsinki movie scene. They also told about funding, facilities, hunting down rights to films, film traffic, motivation, ambition and the magic of the moving picture.



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