Information related to the exceptional arrangements caused by the coronavirus epidemic
We will be updating this page with information about exceptional arrangements caused by the coronavirus epidemic as they pertain to the clients and event visitors at Cultural Centre Valve.
Last updated January 15th, 2021
Cultural Centre Valve is closed from 1st of December 2020 until the 1st of February 2021
At its meeting on Saturday, 28 November 2020, the regional coordination group stated that Northern Ostrobothnia is at the spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic. At its meeting on Sunday, 29 November 2020, the City of Oulu Management Team made decisions on the measures taken at the spreading phase of the coronavirus epidemic in Oulu.
In accordance with the measures Cultural Center Valve will be closed temporarily from the 1st of December until the 18th of December.
Update 15th of January: The City of Oulu's restrictions and recommendations for the coronavirus epidemic will continue unchanged until 1 February 2021. In accordance to these restrictions and recommendations Cultural Center Valve will be closed until the 1st of February 2021.
Customers who have purchased tickets to events in Valve will be contacted as soon as possible. We will monitor the situation actively and inform of any changes on our webpage or on social media.
Arja Huotari and Timo Pirttimaa from Valve follow and provide information about the situation. Please contact them if you have any questions.
Arja Huotari, Director of the Cultural Centre Valve, arja.a.huotari(at)ouka.fi, 044 703 7510
Timo Pirttimaa, Chief of Security, timo.pirttimaa(at)ouka.fi, 044 703 7521
October 21st, 2020
Valve is open to the public – special arrangements observed
The Cultural Centre Valve is open Mon–Fri 8–22 and Sat–Sun 10–22. For upcoming events, see our event calendar on the front page.
Our clients and personnel are important to us, and some changes have been made to the procedures at Valve owing to the safety and hygiene instructions related to the coronavirus epidemic. We will be updating our plans on this webpage as the situation develops. Therefore, please look into the instructions and service information below before you visit us.
Thank you, and you are warmly welcome to our house and our events!
Please observe general safety and hygiene when visiting Valve:
- Please don’t come to Valve if you have any coronavirus related symptoms
- Keep to a social distance of 1 to 2 metres
- Good hand hygiene is important: wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
- Cough into a handkerchief or your sleeve
- We recommend wearing a face mask
Additional information from this link:
Recommendation on the use of face masks for citizens >> (Finnish institute of health and welfare)
Please note that many different organizers operate in the premises offered by Cultural Centre Valve. Please also observe any safety instructions and exceptional arrangements posted on the event organizer’s own website.
About our premises and services (October 20, 2020)
Valve Ticket Office
The Valve Ticket Office is temporarily open Wed–Fri 16–19, Sat–Sun 15–19, as well as Tuesdays 30 minutes before the screening. Ticket Office can be reached by phone at 08 5584 7575. We ask you to buy your tickets in advance to avoid crowding at the office. Tickets are also available online with Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.fi. Until further notice, we do not accept cash payment at the Ticket Office.
Real estate manager services
The real estate managers are at your service whenever the centre is open. You can reach them by phone at 044 703 7501. Please don’t come to the information desk in person unless necessary. Until further notice, we do not accept cash payments at the information desk.
See Cinema Studio´s program at the Oulu Film Centre website.
Of the 45 seats at Studio, 20 are in use. Please leave a space of at least 1 meter between you and the next viewer. You can sit next to each other if you arrived together. Personnel will open the cinema 15 minutes before showtime to avoid queues. The full safety instructions can be found at the Oulu Film Centre website.
Oulu Film Centre Cinema Library, 2nd floor
The Cinema Library is open on weekdays Mon–Fri 9–17. If necessary, we will place limitations on the number of visitors at the library.
Public events held at Valvesali in October will have use of maximum 50 of the 178 seats in the hall. The auditorium is in use with or without numbered seats. If the numbered seats are in use, please sit on the seat indicated on your ticket. If the numbered seats are not in use, the personnel will guide the audience to find seats with a space of at least 1 meter between parties. Personnel will open Valvesali 15 minutes before showtime to avoid queues.
Please note that many different organizers operate in Valvesali. Please also observe any safety instructions posted on the event organizer’s own website.
The Valve Galleries are open every day 10–20. The galleries will provide information placards to remind visitors of safe distancing and visitor numbers will be monitored.
Turku Comics Store Oulu
Turku Comics Store Oulu is open Wed–Fri 12–18.
Until further notice, only three customers can be in the store at any one time.
Dance Studios 1–3
For the autumn season, the Valve dance studios have changed their procedures to e.g. prevent queue formation and encounters between groups during the coronavirus epidemic. If necessary, please see the instructions (pdf) beforehand (in Finnish).
Kantti Crafting Room
For the autumn season, the Kantti crafting room has changed its procedures to e.g. prevent queue formation and encounters between groups during the coronavirus epidemic. If necessary, please see the instructions (pdf) beforehand (in Finnish).
Valve Meeting Room
For the autumn season, the Valve Meeting Room has changed its procedures to e.g. prevent queue formation and encounters between groups during the coronavirus epidemic. If necessary, please see the instructions (pdf) beforehand (in Finnish).
Cafe H2O Konstila
Cafe H2O Konstila follows the safety and hygiene instructions related to the coronavirus epidemic. You can find hand sanitizer at many locations in the café. Hands can be washed at the public toilets on the ground floor. The café recommends You to use contactless payment whenever it is possible. You can enquire more information on the arrangements from the cafe´s personnel or from Health to Organic webpage.
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.
Find out more: www.photonorth.fi
Pictures of the Month in Aulagalleria, 1–25 June: Jarno Vuorinen: Polaroidized Armenia.
Find out more: www.photonorth.fi
Valve Gallery 2–26 June: Leevi Lehtinen: Babylon and Niina Kestilä: Time Travel.
Find out more: ots.artoulu.fi/oulun-taiteilijaseura-63-ry
The Comics Gallery!: Mirjam Sumu – How my son vanished & Aini, Helka and the swimming twins
Find out more: www.oulucomics.com
Turku Comic Store Oulu:
ARTo art rental shop:
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.