For the public

Europe’s largest folklore festival Europeade takes place in Turku from Wednesday 26 July to Sunday 30 July 2017. The event is now organised for the 54th time and is held in Finland and Turku for the first time during its history. Over 6 200 participants have registered for the largest annual festival of European folk dancers, folk musicians and singers – this is a record of all times during the history of the event.

The event is part of the programme of Finland’s centenary celebration. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the five-day festival of folk dance and folk music. Most of the programme is free of charge.
In accordance with the original vision of the Flemish Mon de Clopper who established Eu-ropeade, the purpose of the event still remains to promote understanding, respect and most of all, friendship and solidarity, between different nations.

The event is organised by the City of Turku and the Europeade organisation and commit-tee. The project manager of the local organisation responsible for arrangements is Kimmo Hyyppä and the coordinator of the event is Hilu Toivonen-Alastalo. She is also the Vice President of the International Europeade Committee, IEC.

6500 participants

More than 6 200 participants have registered for the event, which is a record of all times. With the local performers included, the number of participants amounts to 6 500. 
The performers are folk music and folk dance enthusiasts from across Europe. Oftentimes all family members take part, regardless of age. For many participants, Europeade is an annual tradition.
Programme for the public

The programme of Europeade is created by the participants themselves. Groups perform on stages situated at the bank of the River Aura and in the city centre. The performances are free of charge and they take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

The evening programme includes Europeade by Night evening dances and jams where the public is encouraged to join. The dancing and jamming sessions are free of charge and they are organized at Vaakahuone, the boat Esposito, in Tiirikkala, at the brewery restau-rant Panimoravintola Koulu, on the terrace of restaurant Nooa and on the terrace of restau-rant Rantakerttu.

The performance times of the opening manifestation, street performances, parade and closing manifestation can be found here.

Ticket sales for the opening and closing manifestation

The spectacular opening and closing manifestations will take place at Gatorade Center on Thursday 27 July at 8 p.m. and on Sunday 30 July at 3 p.m. It is advisable to arrive early, as one hour before each event a “preparty” is organised at the arena, accompanied by mu-sic played by Finnish folk musicians. Tickets for the opening and closing manifestation are available at www.lippu.fi. 

Joki – Ån will be opening Europeade

The Europeade event will be opened with the performance Joki – Ån. The grand perfor-mance featuring over 300 dancers, singers and folk music players from Turku will be per-formed at the Varvintori Square on Wednesday 26 July at 8 p.m. The performance is free of charge. The public is advised to arrive early and by public transport, foot or bike

Parade on Saturday 29 July

The group parade at Europeade will walk through the city centre dancing and singing on Saturday 29 July. The parade starts from Vanha Suurtori (the Old Great Square) at 3 p.m. and the route goes across Tuomiokirkkosilta bridge to Linnankatu and then to the Varvintori Square via Läntinen Rantakatu. The parade ends at Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland). The public is welcome to watch the colourful parade along the route. All 288 groups from 24 countries will participate in their national costumes so there is plenty to see for three hours.

Humppa dance world

The world record of humppa dance will also be made during Europeade. People living in the area and event visitors alike are encouraged to join. Dancing begins on Saturday 29 July at the Varvintori Square at 8 p.m. The record attempt is preceded by brief dance tui-tion to teach everyone the easy steps of humppa. The record attempt can also be attended by Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland), in front of the boat Esposito and at Vaakahuone. You are welcome to join!

Free entrance to the event area

The key event area during Europeade is the Varvintori Square (20100) and its surround-ings. Performance stages can be found all the way from Forum Marinum to Vähätori Square, 13 stages altogether. 

A Europeade village is located at the Varvintori Square, with previous and upcoming host cities of Europeade presenting themselves at their own stands. There is also a folklore market in the area where local handicrafts can be bought.The Europeade village is open from Thursday to Sunday. Opening times: on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to mid-night, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the village is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Photo exhibition

A photo exhibition of Europeade’s history is on display at Forum Kortteli (entrance from Linnankatu and Aurakatu), Sokos Wiklund and in the Sigyn hall. 

Public transport

On line 1 between the Market Square and the Harbour, buses will run normally throughout the event. The departure stop is T6 (situated in front of Åbo Svenska Teatern) at the Mar-ket Square and buses run to the harbour via Linnankatu. This means that the river front is easily accessible by bus.

The atmosphere of Europeade can also be experienced using the water bus that runs on the River Aura. Water bus transport is part of the regional Föli transport and the same ticket products can be used.

A single ticket for an adult costs 3 euros and a single ticket for a child costs 1.50 euros.

Further information: www.foli.fi 

The river ferry Föri takes passengers across the River Aura free of charge from 6:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.: www.foli.fi/fi/vesibussi

Traffic restrictions

Läntinen Rantakatu is closed to traffic during the event. Also Meritullinkatu, Crichtoninkatu and Veistämönkuja are closed. On Saturday during the parade, the right-hand side lane of Tuomiokirkkosilta bridge (direction towards Helsinki) is closed.

Parking during the event

Parking is available in the public parking areas and parking halls. It is convenient to arrive to the event by public transport if possible, as the surrounding area will become easily crowded.

Bicycles

Due to crowded lanes, cycling has been limited. In the area of Varvintori Square extending from Crichtorinkatu to Veistämönkuja, cycling is entirely prohibited. Security officers will be guiding cyclists in the event area.

Use of helicopter cameras

For safety reasons, the use of helicopter cameras above the event area is prohibited.

Information points

The general information point of the event is located at the Europeade village at the Varvintori Square (Sigyn hall downstairs). Enquiries regarding lost and found items can also be made at the information point.
The address of Visit Turku Tourist Information is Aurakatu 2 and visitors are served be-tween 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday and between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. The tourist information point in the event area at the Varvintori Square is open on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Social media and hashtags

The official hashtags of the event are #europeade2017 #europeade and #folkloreforever

The schedule of the event along with descriptions has been uploaded into the Eventmore mobile app which helps both the audience and the participants to see what is happening, when and where. The map allows to see the entire event area and the performers. Eu-ropeade’s channel can be uploaded free of charge here: https://www.eventmore.io/app/europeade/. 

The event is also update on the official Facebook page and the Facebook event page.  

Europeade 2017 on Instagram: @europeade2017

The opening and closing manifestation can be followed live here

Europeade 2017 online shop

The online shop can be found here.

Further information:

Project Manager Kimmo Hyyppä, tel. +358 (0)50 5590 180, kimmo.hyyppa@turku.fi
Hilu Toivonen-Alastalo, tel. +358 (0)50 563 6907, hilu.toivonen-alastalo@europeade2017.fi
Construction Manager Janne Laine, tel. +358 (0)50 4648 681, janne.laine@turku.fi
Media enquiries: Miia Alhanen, tel. +358 (0)50 5590 671, miia.alhanen@turku.fi 

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