Seinäjoki’s splendid Piiri area is teeming with inviting culture and vibrant local entrepreneurship. At Restaurant Verstas, the summer heat is complemented by exhilarating performances by Improaalto. For the little ones, heading to Piiri’s summer theatre to hear about the wild adventures of Rölli the troll and the adorable Milli Menninkäinen is a great idea. The Piiri experience is enriched by guided tours, artistic workshops, the Hospital Museum, and the option to spend the night in Hostel Bjorkenheim’s cozy rooms.
Come to Piiri for a cultural immersion! The Piiri area is being shaped in new directions by numerous entrepreneurs and associations from various fields. Discover them and Piiri’s events here – https://piirille.fi/
The ambiance of the summer season comes alive on the summer terrace amidst the local culture. Restaurant Verstas offers an excellent lunch spot that brightens up weekdays with high-quality meals. In addition to a changing lunch and summer menu, the week at Restaurant Verstas is punctuated by theatre performances on the summer terrace.
The unique dining experience is tied together by the stage of Restaurant Verstas’ summer terrace, which, on certain days, offers live music and performances, including Improaalto shows by Teatteri Hysteria. The bar serving refreshments during the terrace performances is open. Furthermore, after the Friday and Saturday evening shows, you can indulge in a buffet dinner. Explore Restaurant Verstas’ menu, performances, and options for reserving the restaurant for celebrations.
As a summer delight, Teatteri Hysteria’s Improaalto shows take place on the summer terrace of Restaurant Verstas. It’s time to embrace the amusing performances of Improaalto while enjoying delicious meals and refreshing cold drinks. In improvisational theater, the show takes its own course without a script. It’s worth participating in Improaalto shows again and again, as each performance is a completely unique experience.
Passionate about wild herbs and nature. Go-Rento products are handcrafted from ingredients gathered from the nature of Seinäjoki. Go-Rento products include bar soaps and shampoos. Each soap, adorned with patterns and colors, possesses a unique scent and a story behind its ingredients. Go-Rento is driven by skilled knowledge of wild herbs, environmental consciousness, and respect for nature.
Go-Rento offers fantastic adventures for the summer with wild herb walks. A wild herb walk involves a guided exploration of Piiri’s nature, searching for and collecting wild herbs. For an enriching experience, gather your group of friends and book the ‘Williä Buustia Ruokapöytään’ (Willi’s Boost to the Dining Table) experience to complement the wild herb walk. This experience introduces the practical use of the collected wild herbs.
G-moodi, located in Seinäjoen Piiri area, is a company that manufactures and sells laser-cut birch plywood products. Artistic birch plywood products can be found as celebration and interior items, as well as jewelry. The distinctive premises were once used as a woodworking shop for the hospital. Piiri’s old woodworking shop is now brimming with colorful inspiration provided by the design company G-moodi.
G-moodi also offers the opportunity to create art individually or together. The ‘Korvisbaari’ (Earring Bar) is a fun way to spend time crafting beautiful jewelry. The selection includes differently colored and shaped hand-painted pieces, allowing for the creation of a truly unique style.
The rich cultural heritage of Piiri now lives on in the form of a hostel. The large white building opposite Piiri’s beautiful park area is the open-to-all Hostel Bjorkenheim. The comfortable Hostel Bjorkenheim offers a wonderful opportunity to feel a part of Piiri’s history. Staying at Piiri is possible at Hostel Bjorkenheim, just about 3 kilometers from the center of Seinäjoki. Buses pass by nearby, and available electric scooters are a great solution for getting to the city center. Hostel rooms can be easily booked online. Prepare for Seinäjoki’s extensive festival and event-filled summer by booking your rooms well in advance.
The Sairaalamuseo (Hospital Museum) located in Piiri holds stories of the daily lives of those who lived and worked in the area. Today, Piiri is a vibrant cultural hub where a new approach to the area’s history is being forged. This history becomes intimately familiar through the Sairaalamuseo. The museum building showcases items related to South Ostrobothnian healthcare and materials depicting the daily life of the hospital. A guided tour of the Sairaalamuseo is an excellent way to learn more about the museum and the history of Piiri
The Piiri Church is a charming small building nestled in nature, offering a place of quiet contemplation where one can imagine the inhabitants of the Piiri area. The church is visible on the edge of the dense forest before turning towards the Verstas parking lot. The proximity to nature is a constant presence throughout the Piiri area. The beautiful garden, roads lined with lush deciduous trees, and the park square are complemented by the ancient forest behind the church, with its towering spruces, enhancing Piiri’s unique atmosphere.
Opastetut kierrokset Piirillä
The guided tour of the Piiri area is a journey of just over a kilometer, taking you back in time. Knowledgeable guides share stories of the various buildings and the people who lived there. The magnificent Piiri area is evolving towards a new everyday life with each passing day. During the guided tours, you’ll explore the leap from the old hospital area to the current Piiri, filled with culture and entrepreneurship.
Seinäjoen taiteilijaseuran tilat
The old hospital buildings in Piiri have been transformed into spaces for artists and well-being professionals, among others. Piiri’s Ateljé House provides excellent working conditions for those in the creative industries. The community actively collaborates with other Piiri entities to organize events and develop activities in the area. The offices of the Seinäjoki Artists’ Association are also located in Ateljé House, and residency activities have found a home in the top floor of the neighboring building.
The Art Rental Gallery Parsi, operated by the Seinäjoki Artists’ Association, is in the Kaleva Barn Art and Cultural Center, adjacent to Taito Shop Seinäjoki. The rental gallery offers works by professional artists for loan. Art can be conveniently acquired for homes and workplaces through interest-free installment payments. Everyone can find beautiful pieces to rent or own for their homes. The collection features a changing selection of works by Seinäjoki Artists’ Association members and invited professional artists. The available artworks include paintings, graphics, sculptures, photographs, and other visual art. Borrowing art is a refreshing way to add new colors and shapes to your home for celebrations or everyday life.
Larger pieces of art can be ordered through the art rental service, and arrangements can be made for viewings, such as visiting the artist’s studio. In the picture, visual artist Minna Bengs is showcasing her workspace. Bengs is a member and employee of the Artists’ Association.
There are great surprises within the businesses in the Piiri area to support everyone’s daily life. One of these wellness services is “Creative Plains.” Diverse wellness events and services help individuals take a step towards unleashing their creativity through various concepts. Varied experiential workshops, training sessions, and other events encompass the most imaginative ways to bring one’s unique developmental path and creative potential to life. The knowledgeable staff of “Creative Plains” is prepared for collaborations in communication, advocacy, social, and health sectors. Among the company’s distinctive features are therapy sheep as well as visits to care homes accompanied by music.
Lasten kesäteatteri Piirillä
Rölli the troll will soon be dashing through Piiri’s lush park area, embarking on spine-chilling adventures. Friendly Milli Menninkäinen accompanies Rölli on this journey. Piiri’s summer theater presents an unforgettable cultural experience for families with children, set against the backdrop of the Rölli Forest. Come and discover whether Rölli and Milli can save the Rölli Forest, or if the delicate balance between good and evil has been entirely disrupted.
This summer, Piiri’s children’s theater revolves around the power of friendship and weaves a narrative infused with music. Piiri’s events are in full swing throughout the season. Secure your tickets to Piiri’s cultural experiences today!
Rölli ja metsänhenki -play 7.7. – 5.8.2023.
- Location: Piiri’s summer theatre
- All the plays have been done for this summer, stay tuned for next summer’s performances!
- Tickets: https://hysteria.fi/rolli/
Photographs and text by Ilta Lahti @ilta.lauriina