The Place

Live at the Zoo

General

Doors open on Friday the 6th at 18:00. During the party you're naturally free to come and go as you wish. There is a pub downstairs, open 12:00 - 02:00 during the weekend. The party ends on Sunday at 14 PM.

Accomodation

Different accomodation choices are available through Zoo webshop.

  • Viialan Seurahuone has 7 hotel rooms
  • Hotel Ackas in Toijala is reserved for Zooparty visitors. A shuttle taxi will drive you on Friday and Saturday nights to the hotel.
  • Quiet sleeping area with airbeds at Viialan Työväentalo - the local community hall just 50m away.

Other lodging options nearby can be found at Akaa's website

The partyplace has also few sofas and couches available for resting. Naturally, you can also grab your breadbox as your pillow and doze off in the oldskool style.

Sauna and showers

Sauna is warm on Friday and Saturday. Showers are available for your use during the party. Bring your own towel!

Infrastructure

The party place offers electricity, tables and seats. Complimentary computer places can be reserved from the web shop. Bringing your C= equipment is highly encouraged!

Computer places

A computer place is sized for a C64 and a laptop. If you plan to bring a shitload of C= gear and consequently need more table space, please let us know in advance. We'll sort it out.

We can secure you one (1) electric socket with current budgeted for a C64 with usual peripherials and a laptop. Remember to take your own extension cord with you.

Network

Wi-Fi is available, but the bandwidth is optimized for C64 ;-) That is, bringing your own 4G Wi-Fi gateway is a good idea.

Food and drinks

There are supermarkets, grill kiosk, a bakery and a couple of kebab-pizzerias within 100m range from the party place. You can bring food and soft drinks at the partyplace.

We will organize a dinner and breakfasts at the party place. Food and alcoholic beverage serving will operate on a token system. If you run out of tokens, you can buy drinks from the bar downstairs on a normal list price. You can bring them up to the party hall. Comparing with the Finnish standards, the price level is very reasonable. More details coming up in the Webshop.

We will serve complimentary coffee, soft drinks and snacks.

The party place is a licensed bar and bringing your own drinks is prohibited.

Smoking

You can either enjoy your tobacco in the smoking room in the lobby or outside the party place at the designated area.

Entertainment

Party features

Live Music

64MULA

C64 and turntables. Barracuda and Loudus Plexus + Tulevaisuuden Antenni (VJ)

8 Bits High

Brutal Commodore 64 Electro

Sidtronic

DJ-brothers Jangler and Flex of Artline Designs - remixes from SID to the dancefloor

Presentations

Our entertaining seminar presentations do feature both fun and facts about the C64.

Pasi Hytönen - Pelinikkarin muisti palailee pätkittäin

Pasi Hytönen is a pioneering game designer who developed the first-ever finnish license game Uuno Turhapuro muuttaa maalle (1986). Hytönen has released in 2016 the game Little Knight Arthur - 30 years after being developed. He works currently as an iOS developer.

Juho Kuorikoski - Tasavallan tietokone -kirjan julkistaminen

Juho Kuorikoski is a journalist and a non-fiction author. Kuorikoski has authored several books on history of video gaming. His latest book Commodore 64 - Tasavallan Tietokone is presented and released at Zoo 2017.

Markku Reunanen - PETSCII: Text, Art and Nostalgia

Markku Reunanen aka Marq/FIT is an University lecturer at the Media Lab Helsinki. He has done research on demoscene and retrocomputing. Amongst many things, he is the author of the popular cross-platform PETSCII graphics editor.

8-Bit Auction

Got some C64 gear or other 8-bit stuff collecting dust? Now Zoo is THE place to get rid of them with a good price!

Let the organizers know in advance, what you are planning to bring for sale. Let us then discuss the deal in details.

Demoshows

Classic and New C64 demos non-stop.

Schedule

Synchronize your CIA6526 timers

Friday

18:00 Doors open. Party begins!
19:00 Game competitions begin
Sauna! Bring your own towel
21:00 Supper
22:30 Sidtronic
00:00 64MULA
Overnight demoshow
03:30 Bar is closed. Nighty night!

Saturday

09:00 Bar is open. Breakfast
12:00 DEADLINE FOR ALL COMPOS
12:00 Markku Reunanen: "PETSCII: Text, art and nostalgia"
13:00 Pasi Hytönen: "Pelinikkarin muisti palailee pätkittäin"
14:00 Music competition (in two parts)
16:00 Dinner
16:30 Juho Kuorikoski: Tasavallan Tietokone -book publication
Sauna is warm
18:00 Game competition finals!
19:00 Game competition prizegiving ceremony
19:30 Competitions in the following order:
1. PETSCII art
2. Disk Cover
3. Party feature
4. Graphics
5. Basic Program
6. Wild Demo
7. C64 Demo
23:00 8 Bits High
00:00 Voting deadline
03:30 Bar is closed. Overnight demoshow

Sunday

09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Price giving ceremony
14:00 Party is over. Doors close!

Zoo mentality

There are no rules - just a few necessities

The Zoo spirit has became famous of being laid-back and friendly. Let us co-operate and make sure everything goes smoothly!

Yet we are obligated to have few basic regulations. The party place is a licensed bar, which brings up some restrictions.

  • The event is for people over 18 years old only.
  • No drinks are served between 03:30 and 09:00. No exceptions.
  • No own alcoholic beverages. Buy your drink tokens in advance and enjoy refreshments with very reasonable prices.
  • During party time you can enjoy your tobacco in the smoking room.
  • No illegal substances, weapons (including a Leatherman and other knife-like tools) or other harmful items are allowed at the party place nor the sleeping area.
  • Drink wisely. We must ask the police to babysit you if you don't know how to behave.
  • Take care of your friends, yourself and your belongings. The organizers are not responsible for any damage, accidents, stolen or lost property, personal injuries or anything possible that could happen.
  • The toilet is the only allowed destination for your bodily fluids.
  • If you break it, you pay it. If you mess up, you clean up. If shit happens either by accident or by purpose, you are responsible of your own actions without any excuses.
  • We reserve ourselves the right of modifying these regulations and making up new better ones if necessary.