Information about the exceptional situation caused by corona

This is an updating page in which we collect information to the visitors of the Cultural Centre Valve and its events.

Cultural Centre Valve galleries, comic book store and dance halls set to re-open 1 June

The government has given the go-ahead for Finland’s cultural institutions to re-open from June. In line with this new guidance, Cultural Centre Valve galleries will open on Monday, 1 June and remain open Monday to Friday, 13:00–20:00 until Friday, 26 June. Turku Comic Store Oulu on the ground floor at Valve will also open during this period. It will welcome customers from Tuesday to Friday, 13:00–18:00. The ARTo art rental shop at Hallituskatu 5 will be open 2–18 June, Tuesday to Thursday, 12:00–18:00.

In June, Valve's dance halls 2 and 3 will be available for hire Monday to Friday, 13:00–20:00. Under current plans, our other spaces will be available for hire from 3 August onwards. Cultural Centre Valve will be closed for the summer season 27 June–2 August.

We follow the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Ministry of Education and Culture guidance on the prevention of coronavirus infections at public events and gatherings and in the use of public spaces.

Please observe these hygiene and safety rules while visiting Valve:
- Do not visit Valve if you have any Covid-19-related symptoms
- Observe social distancing: keep 2 metres apart from other people
- Good hand hygiene matters: wash your hands or apply hand sanitiser
- Always cough into a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid unnecessary socialising in groups

Further important information:
People at high risk from coronavirus should avoid close contact with others during the pandemic. This means that you should also keep away from public events and gatherings. If you have no option but to attend, please observe social distancing at all times and maintain high standards of hygiene.

You can contact the venue caretaker by telephone in June during our regular venue opening hours.
Tel:  044 703 7501

Valve exhibitions 1–26 June

Northern Photographic Centre Gallery 1–12 June: Mikko Auerniitty and Harri Heinonen: Football Landscapes.
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Pictures of the Month in Aulagalleria, 1–25 June: Jarno Vuorinen: Polaroidized Armenia.
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Valve Gallery 2–26 June: Leevi Lehtinen: Babylon and Niina Kestilä: Time Travel.
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The Comics Gallery!: Mirjam Sumu – How my son vanished & Aini, Helka and the swimming twins
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The events of the Cultural Centre Valve have been cancelled and the Centre is now closed temporarily

The City of Oulu decided that all non-essential events, hospitalities, and other occasions organised by the city will be cancelled until the end of May to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The decision bases on the Finnish Government's recommendations given on 12 March 2020. The recommendations and decision apply also to the operations and activities of the Cultural Centre Valve.

The public events and performances of Cultural Centre Valve in March–May have been cancelled and the Valve is now closed to the public. According to current information, the Valve will be closed until the end of May.

We announced earlier in Finnish that all the activities at Valve have also been cancelled for the spring season. All groups and operators will be informed separately about the situation.

We actively follow the situation and communicate with the authorities, and will inform about any changes on our website and in social media.


Arja Huotari, Pauliina Eronen and Timo Pirttimaa from Valve follow and provide information about the situation. Please contact them if you have any questions.

Pauliina Eronen, Production Manager, pauliina.eronen(at), 044 703 7545
Arja Huotari, Director of the Cultural Centre Valve, arja.a.huotari(at), 044 703 7510
Timo Pirttimaa, Chief of Security, timo.pirttimaa(at), 044 703 7521