Party information

Welcome to Alternative Party, a digital culture festival and demoparty with alternative ideas and full programme with demo compos, music, special guests and exhibitions.

Participate now: Join us at #altparty @ IRCnet or follow us on Twitter and send tweets with #altparty hastag.


Tallberginkatu 1 C 15, 00180 Helsinki

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Family Day - Sunday October 24th

Family day

The Alternative Party family day is on October 24th at The Cable Factory

The family day program is aimed for adults and children between ages 5 and 12. Computers, digital culture and electronics can connect generations from infants to grandparents, so do not let your kids miss all the fun at Alternative Party.

The party place allows for easy movement with carriages.

For very small children, we recommend using hearing protection.

The whole program of the Alternative Party family day is suitable for children.

Family day program

Time Programme
09:00 Space Mission 2010. Available all day. Mission starts from infodesk.
09:30 Junk workshop
09:30 URSA planetarium: Planetarium Show
10:00 Helsinki Hacklab: Arduino Workshop
10:00 Exhibition area: Glittermouse's Art Workshop
10:00 Small stage: ALT Space Camp: sessions
10:30 URSA planetarium: Planetarium Show
11:00 KIDtro - Demos for Children Competition
11:00 Muroradio workshop
12:15 Junk workshop
12:30 URSA planetarium: Planetarium Show
13:00 Finnish Space adventurer
13:30 Muroradio workshop
14:00 Prize Ceremony
15:00 Traveling Salesman Kristoffer Lawson

Space Mission 2010

Space Mission 2010 takes you and your family to an exciting trip throughout the world of space and digital art. You create a character for an adventure across the party place and get to solve puzzles such as rescue missions and spaceship construction with your kids.

Mission is available all day. Start by getting instructions from infodesk.

KIDtro demo competition

The main event of the Alternative Party family day is the KIDtro demo competition. It is a demo compo dedicated for the kids who get to be unforgiving judges for the entries presented by digital art enthusiasts and coders. Competion is at 11:00.

Finnish space tourist Vesa Heilala's interview

Finnish space tourist Vesa Heilala tells you about his upcoming space travel which is suppose to happen in 2012. During the interview kids have change to ask him questions regarding his space travel. The interview is in Finnish and after the kids questions the interview continues in English. The interview is between 13:00 and 14:00.

Vesa's homepage:

Space drawing wall

What would your own planet be like? What about aliens from outer space? Let your imagination run free and fulfill your wildest space ideas on our digital drawing wall, which is open for both adults and children.

Planetarium shows

You can find the URSA Astronomical Association's mobile planetarium at Alternative Party. The planetarium shows take you on a journey where you can enjoy the constellations and thousands of stars like they would appear on a clear night sky in different parts of the world.

Junk workshop

The Alternative Party Family day wouldn't be complete without a junk workshop, where everyone can drop by and build miniature their own miniature spaceships. We'll provide plenty of electronics and materials for you to tear apart and recombine into something spaceworthy. You can also bring your own junk to the workshop.

What will your spaceship look like?

Workshops are at 9:30 and 12:15.

Technology expedition

Strange computers and other curious devices: bring your family to see what computing looked like when mom and dad were young. C64s, MSXs, Amigas, Macintosh II beige boxes, and other devices. Remember that this is an expedition, not a museum. The machines are meant to be touched, tested, used and played with.

Space media art expedition

The other main expedition area in the Alternative Party is dedicated for assorted media art installations and digital experiments such as Nixie-tube clocks and space videos that are projected onto walls. Touching the exhibit items in this area is prohibited unless stated otherwise. Space media art exhibition runs on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Muroradio workshop

On Family Day MuroRadio-crew will leave out the boring technical stuff
and concentrate on something that also the little rascals should like:
playing around with sound effects and other things, just to show that
even that internetradio is really nerdy hobby, it doesn't need to be


Time: Sunday October 24th, 9 AM to 3 PM

Place: Merikaapelihalli, Cable Factory, Helsinki (Tallberginkatu 1 C)

Age recommendation: Children aged 5-12 with parents or other adult companions.

Tickets: Family Super Stardust Sunday ticket gets you and your family inside for Sunday. The price is 15 € per family (1-2 adults and 1-3 children aged 12 or under).

Weekend tickets allow free entrance for your children aged 12 or under on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM with your company.


Family Super Stardust Sunday Alternative Party 2010 tickets shop

Family Super Stardust Sunday Ticket

Whole family's Sunday trip to the Space.

  • Event entrance for Sunday 09-15.
  • Sunday programme including space and technology themed exhibitions, workshops and demo compo for families.
  • One ticket includes entrance for max. two (2) adults and three (3) children under 12 years.

Ticket price only 15 €. Buy now easily online.