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News 2021

12 months to go to Walpurgis.

 

You read it right. There will be no traditional celebration of Walpurgis this year either. To avoid social gatherings and crowding, Region Uppsala, the County Administrative Board, Uppsala Municipality, Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Police, Kuratorskonventet, and Uppsala University’s united student unions are joining forces to communicate the message, and urge everyone to stay at home this year too. All traditional events have been suspended, and those who want to celebrate must do so in small groups and follow the guidelines.

It’s important that we continue to respect the recommendations of the authorities. It’s been a long year of the coronavirus, a lot of people are tired, and the spring is welcome now more than ever. It’s important, therefore, to remind people that we can’t celebrate as we usually do, and the same routine applies. Keep a safe distance, avoid social gatherings, travel only if you have to, and use a face mask. If we see this through, we’ll be able to celebrate properly next year.

Thanks for thinking bigger and celebrating less.

 


16/4: Ekonomikumparken, Observatorieparken and Stadsträdgården closed

 

The situation with the corona pandemic is still very serious with a high spread of infection and an extremely strained healthcare. To avoid congestion and to reduce the spread of infection, the Municipality of Uppsala has decided to temporarily close Ekonomikumparken, Observatorieparken and Stadsträdgården from Thursday 29 April 12.00 to Saturday 1 May 9.00. The decision has been made in consultation with the region’s Infectious Disease Doctor and the Swedish Public Health Agency. Read the full press release here (in Swedish).

 


22/1: No traditional Walpurgis Night in Uppsala 2021


On Friday 21 January, The Municipality of Uppsala, together with other actors in the Walpurgis collaboration, decided to cancel this year’s Walpurgis Night. The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic remains serious and can be expected to remain so even at the end of April.

This means that activities linked to the traditional Walpurgis Night in Uppsala will be cancelled. In the current, completely unique situation we are in right now, we do not see that the celebration of Walpurgis in Uppsala can be done according to the restrictions and guidelines from authorities and the government.

The days around the end of April usually gather up to 150,000 people in the central parts of Uppsala to take part in a traditional Walpurgis Night, a large part of which are incoming visitors and students. There is no overall organizer of the event as the program consists of many different program items from several organizers, and spontaneous gatherings. They work together for a safe, well-ordered, and safe celebration in focus.

The actors within the Walpurgis collaboration in Uppsala consist of Uppsala University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The City of Uppsala, the University Hospital, the Uppsala Region, the Police and Destination Uppsala. All actors agree to do their utmost to prevent the spread of infection and limit the activities that lead to larger gatherings. In the current situation we are in, the Walpurgis Night in Uppsala cannot be carried out.

You find the press release here (in Swedish).

Walpurgis in Uppsala

Collaboration

Since a few years back, several organizations in Uppsala have a close collaboration with the aim of making the Walpurgis celebration as good as possible. Among the main organizers are Destination Uppsala, The Municipality of Uppsala, Uppsala University and the student nations of Uppsala through collaboration in Kuratorskonventet.

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