The Elements

A breathtaking performance combining aerial acrobatics, fire art, music and light shows set along and above the River Aura.The Versus Circus group of the Helsinki Circus Professionals’ Association presents contemporary Finnish circus in all its glory.

27 August1010:30 pm, Theatre Bridge area

Night of the Ancient Bonfires

European Capital of Culture Turku invites the residents of all nations situated by the Baltic Sea to take part in the Night of the Ancient Bonfires and organise their own local activities.At the same time, people and communities are challenged to make pledges for the benefit of the Baltic Sea.Locations for virtual fires can be marked on a map at

Bonfires set off in coastal areas on 27 Augustat 9:30 pm.
In Turku, the ancient bonfire will be lit on the River Aura.

Viva la Diva!

Opera singer Karita Mattila returns to perform in her hometown! In the grand setting of the park of Turku Castle, the world-class soprano is joined by Turku’s own royal bass Matti Salminen and tenor Jorma Silvasti.The queen of the night and the distinguished gentlemen are accompanied by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Susanna Mälkki.

25 Augustat 7:30 pm, Turku Castle park

Henrik and the Hammer of the Witches

Henrik and the Hammer of Witches is a folk opera about black magic, religious songs and fundamentalism. The grand folk opera will gather over 100 performers and participants in the historical Turku Castle courtyard.The performance language is Swedish with Finnish subtitles.

27 Augustand 28 August 8 pm, Turku Castle courtyard
Tickets: 45 / 35 €,

Flux Aura 2011

This international environmental art event introduces art along and about the River Aura. Spot the giant daisy, flock of eiders and gifts from heaven!

until 31 August, See the map:

Fantasy Armada

The fantastic group of characters by Dance Theatre ERI floats along the River Aura on a water bug.Smiling is allowed!

26 August 6 8 pm and 27 August noon2 pm


Artists saunas are ready to turn on the heat! Hot Cube and Sauna Solaris are located next to Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Sauna Obscura is infront ofthe Saaronniemi beach and The Sounding Dome is by the Kupittaa Outdoor Swimming Arena.

Rentals and shifts:

Uusikaupunki-New York

In the performance by the puppet theatre ensemble HOX Company the first Helena from Uusikaupunki, Finland, has Frank Sinatra playing as her soundtrack. The second Helen in New York relaxes listening to Joikus by the Sami people. The Finnish frame of mind meets North American urban culture.

25 and 26 Aug 7 pm | 27 Aug 2 and 7 pm,Turku City Theatre, Pikkolo
Tickets: 15 / 12 €,

Central Park of Culture and Exercise: Dream Park Event

This event opens the active art park and cultural route set in Sports Park. All kinds of programme, various activities and rest stops around the park.

27 Augustfrom 10 am, Sports Park
Free admission!

Exhibitions at Turku Castle

Mary and the Master
The latest video triptych by Turku artist Saara Ekström is a modern interpretation of the visual imagery and symbolism related to the Finnish myth of Mary. The exhibition also highlights metaphors and taboos related to womanhood and sexuality.

Inner Landscapes
This exhibition of ceramic, video and photographic art uses residents’ memories to tell past and present stories about Turku.The memories are interpreted by Japanese ceramic artists Tomoko Kurahara and Satoko Sai and photographic artist Marja Pirilä.

Tickets: 8 / 4,5 €