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Welcome to Alternative Party. Here are some practical info regarding your visit to Alternative Party. Do not hesitate to contact us at the Infodesk or by other means, if you have any questions.

What is the Alternative Party?

Alternative Party is a festival of digital culture attended by coders, musicians, designers, hackers, and other digital enthusiasts. In Alternative Party, you can enjoy digital culture in various forms, catch a glimpse of the technology of the future, and experience nostalgic trips with vintage hardware.

The Alternative Party was founded in 1998 and it is organized by the Alternative Party ry - a non-profit association. It is organized on a voluntary basis by over 100 enthusiasts of digital culture.

This year the theme of the party is "Red Machines" which refers to communism, Soviet Union and strange technology of the East. Perhaps you want to dress up accordingly - e.g. something red or green? Prepare yourself for rude service, neverending queues and lots of bribery! :)

Time and location

Friday 21st of October at 18.00 -- Sunday 23rd of October at 16.00. The event is open 24h/day. Come and go as you wish.

The party venue is Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas), located in Helsinki, Finland. For more information on how to find the venue, see the Location instructions.


  • Capacity for at least 1000 people.
  • Friendly security staff with a demoscene background.
  • Infodesk - answers all your questions with a communistic service attitude.
  • ALT State Department Store - with authentic empty Soviet shelves.
  • Cloackroom available.
  • WLAN available.
  • Public parking available around the Cable Factory, free of charge most of the time.

Computer places

  • We have around 100 designated computer places. For a computer place, buy a Red Machine Ticket
  • The computer place contains a table place, chair, electricity and Internet (LAN) connection. Bring your own extension cord and Ethernet cable.

Where to sleep?

No age restriction - babies, grandparents, families, everybody welcomed!

  • The Alternative Party is open for everybody, no age limits. (Except the bar Hima&Sali, which has an 18 year age limit.)
  • We however recommend that people under 15 year do not participate in the event alone.
  • Please also remember to protect the hearing of babies and yourself.
  • On Sunday 23rd October we have a special family day with a family ticket offer: 10 € / whole family.

Food and beverages available!

  • Кофе Факел (formerly known as: Café Soihtu) is a the tea and coffee lover's paradise, open 24 hours/day during the whole party. A wide sortiment is available: speciality coffees, more tea flavors than you probably know, soft drinks, cakes, sandwiches, salads and much more.
  • The bar Hima&Sali is open until 4 am both evenings. In addition to beverages, they also have some food available.
  • There are additional restaurants nearby for a variety of tastes.
  • You can also bring your own non-alcoholic beverages and food to the party place.

What payment methods do you accept?

  • We accept cash (euros) and major debit and credit cards (VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Maestro).

Party rules


  • Have fun, enjoy digital and demoscene culture, celebrate! Check the programme.
  • Bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, if you want to. You don't need though, because food and beverages are on sale at party place also.
  • Take photos and film/record if used for non-commercial purposes. (For commerial purposes, please contact the press department for a permission.)
  • Promote your non-commercial projects. (Organisers have the right to restrict such promotion if it is considered e.g. annoying.)

Do not do:

  • Do not bring weapons or explosives of any kind, including edged weapons such as knives, pocket knives or Leathermans or similar tools with knives (these are classified as edged weapons).
  • Do not bring alcohol or illegal drugs. Do not bring medicine where you don't have a prescription (if required by Finnish law).
  • Do not attach any stickers or tape anywhere at the venue. Please contact the organisers if you want to display your banderol or other material.
  • Bottles and cans are forbidden in the front of the stage during concerts.
  • Do not bring animals such as dogs and cats.
  • Smoking is forbidden inside the party area. There is a separate smoking area outside the main entrance.

Please notice

  • All Finnish laws apply at Alternative Party.
  • Each party visitor is expected to have all the required permissions (Teosto, Gramex, ÄKT, etc) for playing publicly any music or video.
  • The party rules apply also outside the party venue.