The City of Turku celebrates the 102 years of Finnish independence with events for all age groups. Most free tickets for the Independence Day Gala Concerts have already been distributed but some may be available an hour before the start of the concerts.

Friday 6.12.

Special Services at Churches on the Independence Day at 10 a.m.

Independence Day Services will be held at churches in Turku and Kaarina on the 6th of December. Timetable of the Services (in Finnish).

Independence Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m.

The joint wreath of the City of Turku, the Turku Garrison and the Parish Union of Turku and Kaarina will be laid in the Turku Cemetery at 11 o’clock at the Memorial Cross to the Finnish soldiers killed in action.

Programme:
10.50 Forming of the procession
10.58 Coming of the Flag
11.00 Von Kothen’s Hymn, laying of the wreath, Finlandia Hymn
11.10 The Flag leaves and the Ceremony ends

Independence Day Christmas Bazaar at the Ruiskatu Day Care Centre from​ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The profits of the Bazaar will be used for the benefit of the children in the Day Care Centre. Christmas Bazaars info.

Independence Day Gala Concerts of the City of Turku at noon and at 3 p.m.

The traditional Independence Day gala concert of the City of Turku features a virtuoso cello soloist as the guest of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra this year. Ruut Kiiski conducts and the Finnish cellist Leonardo Chiodo performs as the soloist. The length of the concert is 1 hour. No intermission.

Programme includes e.g.
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia op. 26
Cantique op. 77 no 1 for cello and orchestra
Devotion op. 77 no 2 for cello and orchestra
Fredrik Pacius: Our Land

Gala Concert Programme.

Torchlight procession of students to war graves from 4 p.m.

Hundreds of students and city residents with student caps will participate in the procession organized by Turku University Student Union, Åbo Akademi Student Union and the Student Union of the Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The torch procession to the war graves leaves at The Turku Cathedral at 4 p.m. and proceeds to the Turku Cemetery via these streets: Tuomiokirkontori - Hämeenkatu - Uudenmaankatu - Uudenmaantie - Seppelkuja. The program at the war graves begins at c. 4.45 p.m. The spokespersons of the Student Unions place wreaths on war graves and give speeches. There will be music and singing between the speeches.

The Library Bridge (Kirjastosilta) shines in blue and white on Finland's Independence Day. Picture by Antero Lynne

Saturday 7.12.

Children’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Children’s Day the Turku City Centre is full of activities for children and families. Santa Claus visits the Market Place. On the pedestrian street you can bring your soft toy to the Teddy Hospital and try pony riding. Turku’s Snow Queen moves around in various places during the event. Shops in the City Centre offer many kinds of activities there will be small surprises offered for the children waiting for Christmas.
Children's Day's programme (in Finnish).

Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier, 2017) at 5 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

A special presentation of The Unknown Soldier film, directed by Aku Louhimies, is arranged in the Gatorade Center. The ticket profits will be directed, in co-operation with Our War Veterans community, to our war veterans, their spouses and widows. The film has English subtitles. The film event info (in Finnish).

Sunday 8.12.

Multicultural Independence Celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Multicultural Independence Celebration Event in the Sigyn Hall offers ballet and Bollywood spirit, Ukrainian songs, Senegalese dances as well as many other performances from various parts of the world. The event is free and open for everyone.
Invitation to the Independence Event (in Finnish).