The City of Turku’s Attraction and Events area of responsibility operates as part of the Recreation Services of Turku, engaging in close cooperation with the City’s Central Administration, interest groups, event organisers and businesses.
The area of responsibility strengthens Turku’s attractiveness by promoting content that activates residents, experiential services, urban culture, events and awareness thereof, accessibility and cooperation between different operators.
The City of Turku has two main communication and marketing channels: the communication channels of the City of Turku and Visit Turku, the city's tourist office. The City of Turku's communications are mainly aimed at Turku residents and those living in the Turku region, and Visit Turku's communications are aimed at domestic and international visitors arriving in the city.
Effective traffic arrangements contribute to a smooth execution of an event. It is therefore a good idea to invest in its planning and implementation. When planning the logistics around an event, it is important to pay attention to venue access and traffic diversion.
Temporary Traffic Arrangements
Temporary traffic arrangements are needed if traffic has to be restricted. All temporary traffic arrangements must be reported to the Turku Urban Transport Center by submitting a notification on temporary traffic arrangements.
Well-implemented security arrangements contribute to the smooth and uninterrupted operation of an event. The organiser is responsible for the safety of the event.
Event security is covered by many laws and recommendations. When assessing the risks, the target audience of the event, the number of participants, the time, the location and other event specific factors, such as the use of special effects, must be taken into account.
When organising an event, you usually need many kinds of structures and furniture. The City of Turku has a selection of furniture suitable for event usage that event organisers can rent out. In addition, there are many independent actors in the Turku area that for example rent stage structures and audio equipment.
Waste Management at Public Events
According to waste management regulations in the Turku Metropolitan area, public events must be organized in a way that minimizes the amount of waste as much as possible. The organizer of a public event is responsible for planning and coordinating suitable waste management measures, such as keeping the event area clean, sorting and recycling waste. The organizer is also responsible for communicating said measures to all event participants during the event. Anyone responsible for calling together the event is considered an organizer.
There are many venues and locations in Turku to suit the needs of different events. Turku hosts a wide range of events yearly, including for example big festivals and markets. The City's large-scale hotel capacity and vast supply of venues is a great start to host events with thousands of guests.
In event management, accessibility refers to the idea that everyone should be provided an equal opportunity to participate in, work and perform at an event. Among other things, accessibility can be understood in terms of how you see, hear, understand and move. A responsible event organiser strives to take all kinds of participants into account and works toward egality and equality. By working to better the accessibility of their event, the organiser can improve its customer service and pave the way for a larger demographic to participate.
By taking into consideration the environment and sustainability issues while organising an event, you can spare nature and save some money in your event budget. Organising events with sustainability in mind shows the event organiser's responsibility.
Sustainable development in Turku
The City of Turku is committed to the Turku 2029- city strategy, where the principles of sustainable development are considered in every activity.
There are many things to consider when organising an event. One aspect is applying for permits and notifications for a number of different purposes. The number of permits needed to organise an event depends on its size and nature. Typically, a land use permit and a notification to the police will do for smaller events, while larger events may require temporary diversion of traffic, a notificaition of noise and a food sales licence.
The Turku region offers unique nature, diverse culture, vibrant history and unforgettable restaurant experiences for the tourists. However, first and foremost, it offers uncompromising safety. Since safety has been taken into account comprehensively, you have the opportunity to enjoy more of all the experiences.
We have compiled information on this site on the specific actions that the responsible tourist operators of the Turku region have undertaken to protect their customers from COVID-19.
Culture and event actors are committed to the following measures to ensure a safe visit for the visitors:
Meeting Room and Event Venue Mestari
Mestari is a meeting room and event venue in a wooden house which is located along the street Vartiovuorenkatu. The room can host about 35 persons. In the meeting room, there is a data projector and a DVD player available. In the kitchen, there is an electric oven and a stove, coffee machine, water boiler, microwave owen, fridge, freezer, dish washer as well as dishware and serving pieces available.
The European city of culture, refreshing sea breezes, the pulse of history and modern bustle appear side by side in Turku. If you are looking for a venue for a sports event, a concert or a food festival – we have a wide range to choose from! Let us arrange your event in an exactly proper venue, surprise your audience and succeed together.
The Event Services of the City of Turku is a part of the Central Administration of Turku. The Congress Services, on the other hand, is a part of Visit Turku. Both units support event and congress organisers in the Turku Region. Assistance is offered, for example, with venue reservations, permit applications and marketing implementation.
EVENT SERVICES, City of Turku
Turku Events Bureau
The Event and Congress Services of the City of Turku offer advice and support in planning your event.
Our services for event organisers include:
- support in the event application process, including permits and notifications
- assistance in selecting and booking facilities, venues and hotels
- information on service providers in the Turku business region
- assistance in communication and event publicity
- Turku-themed marketing materials
All our service are free of charge.
The residents of Turku like to call their city the festival capital of Finland. Music, theatre, art, sports, food and film festivals are organised nearly every weekend, and the range of other cultural activities is likewise huge. Turku also offers a variety of hobbies, catering for all tastes with its 3,658 associations. When you add the nearby municipalities and their associations to this number, you are sure to find a suitable hobby and like-minded people.
For the Christmas season traditional Finnish old-style Christmas tables are set in the museum’s homes. The authentic food with its smells and the intimate candlelit rooms will give you an unforgettable experience.
Christmas mumming on Boxing Day is an important part of the holiday celebrations in Luostarinmäki. Traditionally a group of young men sing the Boxing Day carol while walking from house to house begging for beer and wishing good fortune for the families.
Enjoy the historical surroundings of the Old Great Square!
The preserved and historical Old Great Square offers cosy surroundings, which are ideal for a variety of leisure and cultural activities.
See, experience, participate
The area houses several art galleries and the Artoteque. Varied cultural and art events, concerts and theatre performances are organised within the premises of the Old Great Square.
In addition, several outdoor events are organised, the most renowned are the Medieval Fair and the Christmas Fair in the Old Great Square.
When does an event require permission?
All outdoor events and sales require permission from the landowner. If you wish to organize an event in a public area owned by the city, such as a park, street or market square, you must get permission from the city of Turku. Fill in the event announcement form below. The form is in Finnish/Swedish.
At Duke John's Cellar you can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee or a delicious meal while visiting the museum. The Cellar is also the venue for historical food festivities.
Entrance from the front courtyard.