Finland’s centenary celebration continues

Add your Finland 100 event in the Turku event calendar

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Finland’s centenary celebration is well on its way. Many spectacular events have taken place around the Turku region and elsewhere in Finland but there is still more to come. Have a look at the upcoming events in the local area and see what best suits your interests. For more detailed information and latest updates, see the Suomi Finland 100 website.

Finnish know-how

If you want to learn more about Finnish know-how, visit Turku Fair Center between 24 August and 27 August. The Turku Fair will be presenting 100 years of Finnish know-how and success in different fields including business, education and innovation. The programme is varying and includes opinion leaders, discussions and culture.

Culinary celebration

One of the projects of Finland’s centenary celebration is Let’s Eat Together. Between 25 August and 27 August, the entire Finland is invited to participate in the world’s largest village festival and eat together.

The Let’s Eat Together project also has varying themes and events each month and, specifically, for the 6th day of each month. Do you enjoy the traditional Finnish bun, pulla, for instance? Did you know that the year 2017 is also a celebration of this tasty treat? As part of Let’s Eat Together, everyone is invited to bake or buy a Finnish bun on the 6th of each month. The event will be having its highlight on Finland’s Independence Day, 6 December 2017.

The food festival Food & Fun Turku 2017, organised between 29 September and 1 October in restaurants around Turku, is also an official event of Suomi Finland 100 and celebrates international and Finnish food alike.

Arts and culture

Turku Day is a popular annual event with a varied programme and fireworks in the evening. This year, the event is organised on 17 September. Details of the programme will be announced later.

One of the annual highlights of the cultural scene in Turku is the Turku Book Fair – in 2017, the main theme is Finland. The literary event takes place at Turku Fair Center from 6 October to 8 October.

The 8th Turku Biennial, organised at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum of History and Contemporary Art between 17 November 2017 and 8 April 2018, will present contemporary art in the centenarian Finland. The exhibition includes works by 16 Finnish artists.

The project You must be the change you wish to see in the world by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and several cooperation partners involves lectures and concerts that explore the current situation in the world and reflect on a better future and the individual’s responsibility in change. Different themes will be explored between 8 August and 3 December: “Sacredness and humanity”, ”Satyagraha”, and “Better world”.


The Science Days in Turku will be organised by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi within the campus area between 29 September and 30 September. On Friday 29 September, researchers will be visiting schools in Turku and talking about their work, while on Saturday 30 September from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will have the floor in the main building of the university. There will also be a Science Battle and activities for visitors. The discussion topics on Saturday include the future of the Baltic Sea, cultural sustainability and transforming the human body.

In addition, the Finnish European Researchers' Night, organised in the Turku Cathedral in Turku on Friday 29 September from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is part of Finland’s centenary celebration year. The themes discussed include “Life” and “Change”.