In 2023, the City of Turku will launch an open, international architectural competition for the design of the new building for the Museum of History and the Future.
The competition programme will be published on this website as the competition opens. The schedule for the competition will be announced later.
The museum will be located in Linnanniemi, the tip of the Turku cape near medieval Turku Castle, as part of the maritime environment on the banks of River Aurajoki.
The history of education in Turku is 750 years old, and the city schools have offered education for more than 150 years. Long history provides a solid foundation for looking into the future: modern learning environments, new ways of learning, bilingualism and internationality make Turku a unique place to go to school.
In this project, 13 professionally maintained museums in Southwest Finland will develop their activities and critically examine their operating environment from the perspective of ecological sustainability.
The key element of the Market Square’s Christmas lighting will be a large, ball-shaped art installation, inspired by shakeable snow globes familiar to many from their childhood. The art installation will be created by Sami Ylikahri, who is known for creating visually impressive stage settings for various television programmes, among others. The ball will be placed in front of the Orthodox Church, near the Market Square stage.
In September 1827, Turku was hit by an enormous disaster. The centre of Finland’s oldest city was almost completely destroyed in a massive fire. What if Turku had not burnt down in 1827 but sunk under water instead?
The work that comments on climate change is based on a 3D model of Turku. Both the model and the artwork based on it have been implemented by Zoan Oy. The piece is the first artwork created in the Linnanniemi art programme.
A bright beam of light, which can reach up to 15 kilometres, rises to the sky from the deck of Hostel and Museum Ship Bore This is not just any old lamp, but a massive Sperry floodlight dating back to the Second World War. The diameter of the spotlight is only 1.5 metres, but it casts light up to the sky with the intensity of 800 million candelas, which corresponds to the light output of approximately 800 million candles.
As its name suggests, the piece of light art called Under the Surface, and the soundscape associated with it, take you to experience life from a surprising perspective. This work of light art changes on a weekly basis and shows how different seasons look under the surface. Will you experience an autumnal storm or the gently lapping waves of the summer?
Sukellus - Diving, the interactive artwork by Otto Walhgren transports its viewers to an underwater world. The viewer’s movements affect how water moves in the art work, revealing things hidden in the water. What kind of things can you find?
Sigyn is a unique ship even by international standards. No other wooden commercial vessel of the same age, which has sailed in ocean transport like Sigyn, has been preserved anywhere else in the world.
The Maiden of the River Aura is a multidisciplinary audiovisual work. It is based on a mystical spirit, the Maiden of the River Aura, who travels through time from history to today. This is set against a sound world that, in addition to a melody, describes the character’s growth story in words and contains observations in prose form. The work highlights the significance of the River Aura as a waterway and reminds us of the importance of cherishing the river area and its diversity.
Turku’s own Love Boat – the city ferry Föri – carries hearts from one side of the river to the other. Did you know that at least one couple has been married on Föri’s deck?
It takes about two minutes to cross the river on Föri. As a rule, it is in operation around the year, transporting people free of charge across the river between Tervahovinkatu (eastern bank) and Wechterinkuja (western bank). Föri is the official name of the ferry. The name comes either from the Swedish word ‘färja’ or from the English word ‘ferry’.
Turku International School, grades 1–6
Activities between 5 September and 17 December 2022, unless otherwise stated.
- LiiKe club, grade 2 a, 1:15-2:15 pm, location: school gym
- LiiKe club, grades 5–6 a, 2.15–3.15 pm, location: school gym
- LiiKe club, grade 2 b, 1.15–2.15 pm, location: school gym
- Arts and craft, grades 5–6, 2.30–3.30 pm, location: club room (further information: Anu Bilbao)
The aim of the Turku model for leisure activities is to enable every child and young person attending comprehensive school in Turku to have a free, meaningful hobby in connection with the school day. The Turku model for leisure activities is part of The Finnish model for leisure activities of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Hobbies for the academic year 2022–2023
In autumn 2022, Turku launched more than 120 free hobby groups. The hobbies have been selected based on surveys conducted for children and young people.
The outreach activities are intended for pupils in the partner schools who have not yet found their favourite leisure activities. The school's own contact person for outreach activities helps and advises children in finding a meaningful hobby. The activity is part of the Turku Model for leisure activities.
In the academic year 2022-2023, outreach activities are carried out in a total of 28 schools.
Free hobbies and clubs in Turku comprehensive schools and their neighbouring areas have been put together in school-specific hobby schedules.
School clubs are mainly intended for pupils of the school in question and are free of charge, unless otherwise stated. Changes are possible. Most of the schedules are only available in Finnish and Swedish.
The Barkerinpuisto Park and its playground are dressed in light. Come and see what the everyday playground looks like in festive lighting! Did you know that this playground also has a unique funicular climbing frame? The Light Park installation is visible in its full glory during the event weekend, and a smaller version will delight visitors until January.
Large harbour cranes guarding the mouth of the River Aura are part of Turku’s history and also part of today’s urban landscape. There has been a lot of discussion about installing permanent lighting on the cranes, but so far this has not been done. Cold and warm tones flicker in the installation designed by Kari Kola. The glass elements in the work were made at Nuutajärvi Glass Village.
But the greatest of these is love.
The #psykelove series of Jouni “Psyke” Väänänen stems from the frustration that the artist felt when hatred was gaining a foothold and becoming more visible around the world. LOVE is a gentle counterblow to hate speech, malice and misconceptions. Images of works in this series can be found on social media with the identifier #psykelove.
Wavescope’s circles of light depict spatially moving light waves that are not visible to the human eye. Through his art work, the Slovenian artist Janez Grošelj wants to make this invisible world visible and to attract interest in this phenomenon. At the same time, the shape of Wavescope resembles a telescope, through which you can look at the sea and towards new worlds
Antti Kulmala’s Dimension X transforms the surroundings of the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum into a futuristic underwater world by means of colour and light art. Dome-shaped mirror bubbles on the museum roof are interconnected through light rays projected onto their surface. Light reflects from the different surfaces of the piece, creating visual effects.
The banks of the River Aura burst into flower around the Auransilta Bridge and the Theatre Bridge. The flower forest, which glows in multiple colours, consists of one hundred four-metre-high illuminated lilies. In the midst of the gigantic flowers, people can feel small in comparison to nature. The flowers are enchanting and invite the visitors to calm down, but they also bring energy and joy in the middle of the dark season. In addition to the river banks, you can also find flowers in the city centre area: in Hansatori, the Market Hall Alley and at the Market Square.
The City of Turku's Welfare Services (social welfare and health care services) and the Southwest Finland Emergency Services (Alpe) will be part of the Wellbeing Services County of Southwest Finland (Varha) as of 1 January 2023. As a result of the new organisation, the invoicing addresses and instructions will also change from the same date.
Suppliers, i.e. invoicers, are requested to pay attention to the fact that e-invoicing addresses will change for invoicing of goods and services for which the order and/or delivery will take place in 2023.
The fundi of all diabetics require life-long monitoring. Diabetes patients who undergo regular examinations by an ophthalmologist do not need to have separate examinations done on the fundus of the eye.
The fundus scan of diabetics who live in Turku are performed in the Mäntymäki Hospital area at Luolavuorentie 2.
Screening is free of charge for the patient.
The scan requires a dilation of the pupils, which is why driving a vehicle after the scan is prohibited. We recommend taking a pair of sunglasses with you for the appointment. Schedule 1 hour for the scan.
The competition jury consists of representatives of higher education institutions, City of Turku, Bayer and other partners. The chair of the jury is Senior Executive at TechCampus Turku and Vice Rector of the University of Turku Mika Hannula.
Vice Rector Mika Hannula (University of Turku, TechCampus Turku, chair)
Head of Drug Carrier & Depot Systems Manja Ahola (Bayer Nordics)
Professor Patrik Henelius (Åbo Akademi)
Dean Juha Kontio (Turku University of Applied Sciences)