Happening in Turku 2016-2017

A Year of Many Occasions

The themes of the Anniversary of the Reformation are brought to view through events and projects aimed at different-aged audiences. Plans for the Turku region include, for example, musical compositions and concerts, art exhibitions, plays and puppet shows, children’s activities, school project weeks, literature and research, lectures and discussions, seminars and international conferences, activities for students and young adults, various Christian events and themed services, theses, medieval atmosphere and flavours, guided tours, themed trips, virtual projects and mobile applications …

The main events of the anniversary take place in Turku. The nationwide opening is held on 30 October 2016. A little over a year later, on 5 November 2017, the Anniversary of the Reformation culminates in the national main ceremony.

In the course of the anniversary many other major events also take place in Turku. Soon after the opening, in November 2016, thousands of young and young minded gather together at the Maata Näkyvissä festival which also follows the “Grace” theme of the year. In March 2017, Turku is part of an international series of events when the reformation truck finally parks in front of Turku Cathedral, having travelled all over Europe. The Agricola-week is celebrated in April, commemorating vernacular Finnish language and communications. In May, the Ecumenical Church Gathering brings together people with different thoughts and beliefs.

What’s new:

The European Roadmap Tour Stops in Turku 3 March 2017

Turku is one of the stops for the European Roadmap tour. The tour visits altogether 68 European cities and stops at the Turku Cathedral Square on 15 March 2017. A variety of activities are planned around the tour truck exhibition. The international tour has been organised by the Evangelical Church in Germany. The program at the Turku stop of the tour has been organised by the Turku and Kaarina Parish Union, the City of Turku, and the Kirkkopalvelut. The event in March is a preparatory celebration for the Ecumenical Church Gathering which takes place in Turku in May. As the plans advance, more information about the programme can be found here. The whole tour schedule is located here.

Agricola-week and Agricola’s Day 3-9 April 2017

In the beginning of April 2017, the Turku region celebrates the Agricola-week. On April 3, at schools and other events, the objective of the commemoration is to discuss the themes of language and communication and reflect over the significance of a native tongue. The week culminates in Agricola’s Day on 9 April 2017, when the reformer and father of written Finnish is celebrated everywhere in the country.

Ecumenical Church Gathering 19-21 May 2017

The Ecumenical Church Gathering is one of the main events of the Anniversary of the Reformation. The event takes place between 19 – 21 May 2017. It is a multidimensional occasion. It is, at the same time, a religious summer celebration, a local Church event, and also a national gathering of the Church in Finland.

The Main Ceremony of the Anniversary 5 November 2017

The national main ceremony of the Anniversary of the Reformation takes place on 5 November 2017 in Turku. In the manner of the opening ceremony, the celebrations begin with a service at Turku Cathedral. The main ceremony of the anniversary takes place later in the afternoon. As the preparations progress, the schedule for the day will be posted here.


Past events:

The Opening of the Anniversary 30 October 2016

The national opening of the Anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated on 30 October 2016 in Turku. The program starts with a celebratory service at Turku Cathedral and continues with a city adventure for the whole family. Other activities are also in the works. As the preparations progress, further programme info will be published on this site.

Maata Näkyvissä Festival 2016

Picture: Maata näkyvissä

In November 2016, right after the opening of the anniversary, around 25 000 young people from different parts of Finland gather together in Turku to reflect upon grace. In honour of the anniversary, the theme of the Maata Näkyvissä festival arises straight from the center of Lutheran theology. Top class artists from Finland and from abroad come together to boldly deliver the gospel of grace, the good news about Jesus.

The Maata Näkyvissä festival takes place in Turku. It is one of the largest Christian youth events in Europe. The November event gathers together thousands of youth from different regions of Finland to the HK Arena and Turku Fair Center. The program includes a large number of Christian artists, top class musicians, and performers from Finland and abroad. The event is organised by the Finnish Lutheran Evangelical Association together with the parishes of the Turku region. A total number of 1300 volunteers take part in the preparations for the festival.