Finland, Turku news and events in Europe

                                                                                                                            NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                        JUNE 2011         Turku 2011 is bustling with events in August!The European Capital of Culture year sees its high season in the Finnish summerTake part or just sit back and enjoy– August in Turku is full of events of all kinds. See countless exhibitions and performances, try out unique saunas designed by artists or make your own short film under the guidance of professionals!Top picks for an unforgettable summer holiday in Turku:The Culture 2011 Tall Ships Regatta on August 26–28Landing by the shores of River Aura in central Turku, the huge ships will be open to the public, and the multinational crews will be available to present their work. The regatta is a guaranteed highlight of the summer and one of the biggest public events during the year.http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/culture-2011-tall-ships-regatta_enColourscape: Music of the Spheres on July 23–August 14This spectacle will be made up of a hundred colourful sphere-like chambers forming a vast labyrinth which the audience will be able to walk through and listen to music performances. Colourscape will be opened and concluded on the River Aura with giant floating spheres.http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/colourscape-music-of-spheres_enThe Night of Ancient Bonfires on August 27Events drawn from darkness will be provided when evenings grow longer again. In Vuohensaari camp site The Night of Ancient Bonfires light up the summer night with fire, song and feast.http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/night-of-ancient-bonfires_en Future Circus Festival on August 17–26 Circus magic and alluring visual displays are created by the visiting circus performers and local circus students from the Turku Arts Academy. The Les Colporteurs group will perform its world-class acts Les Étoiles and Sur la Route. A circus extravaganza for the entire family!http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/future-circus-festival_enBattle on August 31- September 2nd&3rdBattle will take the Paavo Nurmi stadium like a force of nature. This epic production provides a highly visual story of survival that challenges us to consider the future of humanity, both as individuals and as social animals. Director Kari Heiskanen will create a breathtaking performance full of stunning visual effects that portrays the ritualistic battle between good and evil. The music will be coordinated by accordion virtuoso Kimmo Pohjonen. http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/battle_enTurku Grand Prix Downhill Racing on August 20–21Turku Grand Prix brings downhill racers to the centre of Turku in an ecological event full of action for the whole family. The race has two categories: downhill vehicles built by amateurs and racing vehicles built by professionals.http://www.turku2011.fi/en/event/turku-grand-prix-downhill-racing_enA whole lot more in Turku in August 2011: http://www.turku2011.fi/en/kalenteri?date_min[value][date]=01.08.2011&date_max[value][date]=31.08.2011Turku 2011: http://www.turku2011.fi/en; www.turku2011.fi/materialsGet to Turku: Fly to Helsinki. Trains to Turku depart hourly from Helsinki Central Railway Station. Journey time is 2 hours. Tickets cost around 30 euro per adult.Accommodation in Turku: http://www.turku.fi/Public/Default.aspx?nodeid=8121&culture=en-US&contentlan=2Visit Finland on the web:www.visitfinland.comwww.twitter.com/ourfinlandwww.facebook.com/visitfinland

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