Mummolaakso - A Moominvalley for older lesbians and bisexual women
Mummolaakso (Granny valley) is a non-profit association that works to promote solidarity, social interaction and well-being especially among older lesbians and bisexual women in Finland. The name Mummolaakso is inspired by Muumilaakso (Moominvalley), the home of fantastical yet very human Moomin creatures invented by the Finnish author and lesbian icon Tove Jansson.
The organization is based in Helsinki but offers support to local initiatives nationwide. We cooperate with the Turku-based association Turun Seudun Mummolaakso and the Mummolaakso peer group operating in Tampere. Mummolaakso is a member of the national LGBTI rights organization SETA and the Feminist Association Unioni.
Meeting like-minded lezzies, staying active, and ageing with pride
Since its foundation in 1994 Mummolaakso has sought to make life more enjoyable for lesbians and bisexual women in all periods of life, including old age. We arrange regular dances, visits to cultural events, outdoor recreation, weekend trips, discussions, reading circles and other events. Although Mummolaakso caters to the tastes of middle-aged and older women, many of the activities are equally of interest to younger dykes and queers. All activities are run on a volunteer basis. Mummolaakso cooperates with SETA's work involving lgbtiq seniors.
We encourage visitors, new-Finns, foreign residents and others interested in the Helsinki lesbian scene to check out coming events on our calendar. Listed below are those where knowledge of Finnish language is not important, more things to do on the Finnish pages.
Mummolaakso contingent at Helsinki Pride Parade Sat 2.7.2022
At Senate Square, line-up 10:30 am - starting at noon.
Members and supporters of Mummolaakso are invited to join our contingent in the Helsinki Pride march. Look out for the yellow Mummolaakso banner and squeeze in! You'll find us in the line-up of the rainbow organizations behind the truck number 1, at the 9th slot.
Route from Senate Square: Aleksanterinkatu - Mannerheimintie - Eteläesplanadi - Unioninkatu - Eteläinen Makasiinikatu - Kasarmikatu - Neitsytpolku - Kaivopuisto Park. The length of the trip is about 2.8 km. There are cobblestones, tram tracks, and a few uphill tracks along the route.
After the parade you have time to relax at Park Picnic in Kaivopuisto before the much-recommended early evening party for lbt women, Sherry & Coffee dance party, starts at 5pm at restaurant Botta.
Sherry & coffee party with karaoke Sat 2.7.2022 5 pm - 00 am
Restaurant Ostrobotnia, Ballroom 2nd-3rd floor, Museokatu 10, 00100 Helsinki
These early evening dances are an institution. Arranged by Granny Valley since 1994, sherry coffee dances have brought together lesbians, bi/pan and transgender women of all ages to share their best pride vibes at the end of the week.
To make the most of the activity packed Helsinki Pride day, continue the evening after pride parade and entertainment at pride park at the centrally located restaurant, popularly known as 'Botta'. Sherry & coffee party is an all-woman bash with dancing and lots of good cheer. Sherry with coffee is optional, but a traditional refreshment to get the evening going!
Dj Hani keeps dance floor busy with a variety of styles, and Minnis hosts a karaoke for your own favourite songs on the 3rd floor.
Entry fee 17/12€ (cash or card) + lobby service fee. Discount with membership cards of Mummolaakso or Seta affiliated organizations. Age limit 18 years.
Wheelchair users: portable ramp is available for front door stairs and wheelchair elevator (250kg) to reach 2nd floor ballroom.
Members pay a reduced price in Mummolaakso events and get 4 times a year a Finnish-language newsletter by email or post, with the latest news and updates on activities. Annual membership fee is 30€ / 20€ (low income)/ 100€ (supporting membership).
You can become a member by paying the membership fee either to our bank account Ålandsbanken IBAN FI1666010001185982, BIC AABAFI22, or in cash or card payment at Mummolaakso events. Membership is approved by the board. If you use bank transfer, include your name, email and address to get the membership card and bulletins posted to you.
Who we are
Chair: Minna Hirvonen
Vice chair: Virva Hepolampi
Board members & vice members: Anitta, Anneli, Liisa, Miia, Minna, Nina, Sanna, Teija, Tiina, and Ursula.