The residents of Turku like to call their city the festival capital of Finland. Music, theatre, art, sports, food and film festivals are organised nearly every weekend, and the range of other cultural activities is likewise huge. Turku also offers a variety of hobbies, catering for all tastes with its 3,658 associations. When you add the nearby municipalities and their associations to this number, you are sure to find a suitable hobby and like-minded people.
Europeade displays five days full of performances around the city. The event also hosts an opening and a closing gala, a parade, a choral concert and several workshops. Finnish folk dancers and musicians as well as folk culture associations have a prominent role in organizing the event, as well as in introducing Finnish culture to our contemporaries from other European cultures.
Europeade begins with Joki - Ån at Varvintori on 26 July at 20.00. The performance is put together with 300 dancers, musicians and singers from Turku-area.
Information about cultural services aimed at different target groups is available from the Cultural Coordinators of Turku City Recreation Division. They produce and develop services for children and the youth, persons of working age, Swedish speaking persons, the elderly, and immigrants in extensive co-operation with other operators.
With the Senior Wristband and Senior Card the 65-year-olds and older residents of Turku can enjoy exercise and culture at a low price. The wristband and card encourage their owners to do self-directed exercise and to use the services according to their own schedules and interests. The wristband is valid 6 months from the loading date.
Where to use the Senior Wristband
Please remember to keep with you both the wristband snd the card of validation when using the services provided.
Gyms and swimming pools:
With the Kimmoke Wristband you can speed up your free time on an affordable budget. You are entitled to the Kimmoke Wristband if you receive certain benefits and are a resident of Turku.
39€ / 6 months (+ 8€ payment for the Wristband when first purchased).
You must prove your eligibility for the benefit that entitles you to the Kimmoke Wristband. Take with you an ID card and either a positive benefit decision or payment declaration. It can be at most one month old at the time of purchase.
Culture Path is based on the curriculum.
Culture Path is a plan according to which every student in the comprehensive schools of Turku visits various cultural locations three times per school year. For example libraries, concerts, theatres, Turku Castle and museums can be visited. In the second and eighth years students will also go to movies. Additional information about locations and topical events is available on the Culture Path website (in Finnish).
The service areas subordinate to the Cultural Committee offer versatile cultural services to residents and tourists. The committee develops cultural services as well as promotes and supports cultural activity by providing financial assistance and grants to associations and artists from Turku.
In addition, the Cultural Committee makes decisions about common matters concerning more than one service area or unit within the Division.
The Cultural Committee consists of 13 members and an equal number of vice members chosen by the City Council for its operating period.
Dance and theatre meet in Turku!
Puppet theatre for adults? Musicals for kids? On a grand stage or intimately at a people’s house?
The Turku City Theatre was founded in 1946 and was the first fully municipal theatre in Finland. Experience Turku City Theatre shows at the temporary facilities of Logomo and Linna theatre.
Many open-air theatres give performances in summer. Summer theatres are very popular, so it is a good idea to purchase the tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased online for many theatres.