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More of everything at Kalas 2014

From a symphony orchestra to Movits! on stage, even larger outdoor spaces and more local bands. Linköping University’s tenth Kalasmottagning (New Students’ Day) will offer more – the whole time.

Cropped logo for Kalas 2014

The headquarters for the 2014 Kalas has just been emptied of a bunch of boxes and this year’s head organiser, Jonathan Allvin, seems completely relaxed.

”Everything’s under control. All the planning was finished before summer.”

So all that remains is the execution of the event itself, at SAAB Arena, (formerly Cloetta Center), on 3 September. 8 000 people are expected. During the afternoon the arena will host a hundred or so student associations, organisations and various sections from the university, while some 30 companies will be present in the foyer. In this respect the event is much like the nine previous years.

Jonathan Allvin ”But the outdoor area is growing. The Student Union has extended the food serving area, and local bands with links to the university will perform on the outdoor stage from the start of the event. This year there will be something on the while time,” says Jonathan Allvin (right).

On top of this, close to a dozen of the student union organisations will perform in front of the queue outside the area, to get the visitors warmed up. The main sponsor, Mecenat, will also be there.

”As usual, students from Campus Norrköping will be bussed here. But unlike the students from here in Linköping, they can’t go home for a break between events. So this year we want to make sure there is lots for them to do the whole time.”

The evening show starts at 8 pm, with nothing less than a symphony orchestra on stage. After that there will be performances by the wind band LiTHe Blås, the student choir Skön from Campus Norrköping, speeches from the vice-chancellor and student union heads, and to finish off, Movits! – a swing-hiphop trio.

MC this year will be Christer Lundberg, best known for his radio show on P3, Christer.

”My vision for this year’s Kalas is to show the whole university to the new students on a single day”, says Jonathan Allvin, who has been very involved in student and student union life during his three years of studies for a master’s in design and product development.

This years' Kalas pants”The various jobs were a great experience, and lots of fun. Student life at Linköping University is excellent, and for me it was about project management of increasingly large events. This year’s Kalas has total assets of two million crowns, that’s the largest ever. But project management is the main focus of my training – and problem-solving is what I like best. When someone comes and says ’What are we going to do now, this isn’t working’, and then we sort it out.”

Kalas bags and balloonsThe big day is fast approaching for the head organiser, the ten members of the organising committee and 160-odd “Kalaspuffar” – the students who work as functionaries. There are thousands of gift bags to pack, and during Nolle-P they need to get the word out to all the new students that Kalas 2014 is coming up soon.

On 1 September the Kalas team will get access to SAAB Arena. That’s when the set-up starts.

”Actually I’m not nervous. Even if we’re new at the game, we expect good support from the arena company. They have experience of nine previous Kalases.”

Ticket sales start the week before the event. New students get in free, for peer students it’s SEK 40. For other students and all staff the price is SEK 60.

Which you must say is a small sum, for so much entertainment and such a huge Kalas.

Text and images: Gunilla Pravitz
15 Aug 2014


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