The Kalas event
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The Kalas event is arranged by LiU together with Linköping Municipality, Norrköping Municipality and Region Östergötland. Its principal goal is to welcome all new students and introduce them to student life and Östergötland.

Ida Sörensen

Welcome!

Congratulations, you are now part of an amazing university in continuous forwards motion! The Kalas event is part of the welcome activities for you, as you take the first steps into your new life as student – full of knowledge, joy and new friends!

Femkamp för blivande sjuksköterskor under mottagningen av nya studenter - nolle-perioden.
Charlotte Perhammar

Student life – full to the brim

Linköping University has one of the best student experiences in Sweden, according to the students themselves. Both Norrköping and Linköping have been nominated as Student City of the Year in recent years. Student life is based to a large extent on student clubs and societies run on a voluntary basis, where everyone works to ensure that studying at LiU is better and more fun. The Kalas event allows you to meet 80-100 clubs and societies, whose purpose is to provide new students with the opportunity to experience life outside of the classroom!

Thor Balkhed

The cities and the region

New in town? The Kalas event gives you a chance to get to know the university's campus cities and the region of East Sweden in a simple and concentrated way. You can meet local actors and companies at Kalas, they will be able to help you learn the type of activities you can participate in outside of your studies and what fun things you can do in East Sweden. 

By students - for students

A director is appointed each year for the Kalas event. The director in turn seeks people for other organisational posts. Together they form the Kalas Committee, which plans and organises the Kalas event. The committee deals with everything from commercial contacts to sound and lighting.

Volunteer workers, known as “Kalaspuffs”, have a crucial and fun job if everything is to proceed without any hitches – at the fair and in the event area.

Brief facts about Kalas
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8000 students
80-100 exhibitors
200 volunteers

Kalas history
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Kalas history

It all started in 2005 on the initiative of Norrköping and Linköping municipalities, together with LiU. The Kalas event was then – and continues to be – the culmination of the welcome activities for new students at LiU. The programme always includes: an extensive fair at which student clubs and societies, together with companies, present themselves, a stage show with speeches and entertainment from clubs and societies, and an action-packed concert with top-quality performers!

180905 : The Kalas event, 2018, Saab Arena. foto Göran Billeson Foto Göran Billeson

The Kalas event in 2018 concluded with performances from big name Swedish artists: Markus Krunegård and Timbuktu & Damn! Artists in previous years have included:

2017 - E-type and Timo Räisänen
2016 - Sabina Ddumba
2015 - Galantis
2014 - Movits!
2013 - Hoffmaestro
2012 - Veronica Maggio
2011 - Johnossi
2010 - Teddybears
2009 - Moneybrother
2008 - Mando diao
2007 - The Sounds
2006 - The Soundtrack of Our Lives
2005 - The Ark