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Turku is home to Finland’s oldest classical music festival as well as the country’s oldest rock festival.

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1Ruisrock

Held in the Ruissalo National Park is Ruisrock, Finland’s oldest rock festival and the second oldest in Europe. Proof of its popularity comes from the fact tickets are sold out before the final programme is released.

At Ruisrock, in addition to music there is also art to enjoy. Over the years the festival has witnessed a giant unicorn, ballerinas as well as a pink flamingo rising high into the air. An essential part of the festival is also the high quality food, as well as good wine and a well-stocked supply of cold beer and refreshing drinks.

Whether you’re a long-time friend or a new acquaintance, Ruisrock’s legendary sunset just has to be witnessed. Dip your toes in the water whilst watching the gig on the Beach Stage, and be sure to wave to the sailing boats passing by!

2Seikkisrock

The children’s own rock festival Seikkisrock is the most extraordinary summer event, at least according to the kids. Held in the Kupittaa Adventure park is a two-day festival that is such a hit, adults enjoy it as much as the kids.

At this festival, you’ll enjoy the most popular music for kids. Get rocking with some familiar characters on stage and jam with some new stars. Expect amusing lyrics, a lively scene on stage and plenty of fun with play and art activities.

3Turku Jazz Festival

Turku Jazz Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with the legends of world jazz over five days in March 2019. At the celebratory concert, presented in the magnificent Åbo Svenska Teateri on 7th March, there will be performances from the revolutionary 1970’s percussion sound of Billy Cobham, as well as the saxophonist rhythms of the Eero Koivistoinen quartet, who performed at the first Turku Jazz Festival.

Come to the festival and experience why Jazz is considered best heard live. In the clubs and concert halls of Turku, the unique sounds of the stars reverberate close by, so check out the calendar and find out what kind of musical experiences there are to enjoy.

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4Turku Music Festival

With changing dynamics from echoes in Turku Castle and the intimate concerts in Turku’s cultural venues, the melodies created by Finland’s oldest music festival will resonate throughout the body of every listener. 

The Turku Music Festival will be organised 8th–22nd August 2019 for the 60th time, and for the first time under the leadership of the new artistic director Klaus Mäkelä. At the famous gathering, Finland’s stars of classical music share the euphoria of music through dozens of concerts. Up-to-date programme information for the event can be found at the website below.

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5Key Ensemble

Key Ensemble is a Turku-based choir that has received praise and awards at every turn, and which is known for its rich a cappella sound and innovative repertoire. 

In the fall of 2019, the choir will organize a series of concerts around the city called Laulun mahti, which seeks solutions to current and global issues such as climate change, racism, polarization and marginalization through choral music. Read more from the website!

6Musicians of the King’s Road

Musicians of the King’s Road are a Turku-based baroque orchestra and choir, whose name comes from the old road from Bergen to St Petersburg, according to the postal route through Turku. The musicians live more or less along the King’s Road. The group’s repertoire consists of well-known masterpieces but also rare Finnish and European works. The musicians also make use of historical instruments. Private performances from the Musicians of the King’s Road have been enjoyed by Swedish royalty.

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7Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Turku is Finland’s cradle of culture, so it makes sense that the country’s oldest orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, originated in Turku. The predecessor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Turun Soitannollinen Seura, was founded in 1790. The legendary Leif Segerstam will work as the Philharmonic’s chief conductor until the end of spring 2019. The main guest during 2017–2019 is the Lithuanian-born conductor and star violinist Julian Rachlin.  

The home of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is the Turku Concert Hall, Finland’s first purposefully designed and built concert hall. The Philharmonic’s fabulous programme can be explored through the link below.

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