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The coming of spring also means the beginning of the busiest event season of the year. Once again, the selection includes something for everyone. In addition to exhibitions and theatre, there are various cultural events, sports and the opening of the marine summer at the River Harbour.

The FinFringe international festival of performing arts will be spreading out around Turku for the second time on 13–17 May, presenting a wide range of art. This year’s meeting places will be Åbo Svenska Teater, Vimma and Turku City Theatre. You can see several short performances in one evening, and the ticket prices are moderate. You will definitely be surprised!

The themes of the Finnish Film Festival at Logomo, 2–5 April, will be director Eino Ruutsalo, experimental film and the state of nature and the environment. The concerts of the Turku Wind Music Festival will be held in the courtyard of the Main Library on 18–22 May.


Fans of choral music are in for a treat, as the YL Male Voice Choir will perform the concert ‘Kansallisromantiikan klassikot’ (Classics of National Romanticism) on 26 April and during Easter on 5 April the concert series Music and Poems at Turku Castle will feature Stabat Mater by Pergolesi performed by Resonus choir.

The University of Turku doctoral conferment procession can be seen on 29 May, and the Scout Parade of thousands of scouts will pass through the city centre on 3 May. Varissuo will be bustling with activity on 24 May, as both Etnofest and the area’s own Suvivirsikirkko church service will be held at the same time.

Commemorating the legendary driver Jarno Saarinen, the Itäharjun ajot driving event will feature vehicles made before 1972 on 21 May. The event will include dozens of bikes and cars, so there will be plenty to see. Speedy cyclists will take over the Aura riverfront during TS Kortteliajot on 25 April.

You can still make it to the exhibitions of the spring season as well. Kunsthalle Turku will hold the NYTT 2020 exhibition of visual artists graduating from Turku Arts Academy. Lars Göran Johnsson’s compilation exhibition Explorations can be seen at Turku Art Museum in May. The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art is displaying works of Anneli Nygren and installations by the Hyäryllistä artist group.

The River Harbour Festival invites you to celebrate on 21–24 May

The traditional Turku Fish Market on 17–19 April will give a taste of the delicacies of the coming summer. The boating season will start with Pax Navis, the declaration of maritime peace for boaters, on 21 May. It is a part of the River Harbour Festival that includes dozens of events, mostly free of charge, held at the Turku River Harbour in the area along Aura River from Martinsilta to the Ruissalo shipyard.

During the busy weekend, people will be invited to a Saturday music and picnic event, among other things. The maritime safety event will showcase the work of national defence and security operators. Captain Rubber Duck’s fun day on Sunday will include plenty of free activities for the little ones in the family.

Photo: Kari Vainio

Events in April–May 2020:

2–5 April Finnish Film Festival
17–19 April Turku Fish Market
25 April Aurajoen yöjuoksu
25 April TS Kortteliajot
26 April YL: Kansallisromantiikan klassikot
27 April National Veterans' Day
3 May Scout Parade
Until 10 May Music and Poems at Turku Castle
13–17 May FinFringe
15–17 May Junior Basket Tournament
18–22 May Turku Wind Music Festival
21 May Itäharjun ajot
21 May Pax Navis
21–24 May The River Harbour Festival
24 May Etnofest
24 May Suvivirsikirkko church service in Varissuo
28–29 May The University of Turku doctoral conferment

Theatres and exhibitions

3–18 April Åbo Svenska Teater: Candide
Until 26 April Kunsthalle Turku: Nytt 2020 - exhibition of visual artists graduating from the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences
Until 8 May Dance Theatre ERI: Jukeboxin salat
3 April–8 May TEHDAS Theatre Hamilton-manaatin vaikea elämä – road trip kartalta kaaokseen
Until 16 May Turku City Theatre: Niskavuoren nuori emäntä
Until 17 May Turku Art Museum: Explorations. Lars Göran Johnsson's collection
Until 24 May Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art: Fan Academy and Hyäryllistä - Everything Useful

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