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13th October 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in Kirjan Talo, Turku

Would you be interested in holding a large and beautiful international contemporary poetry festival, organizing open mic poetry clubs and
poetry tours, and multi-artistic cooperation in Turku and around the world?
Or running the routines of a cultural association so that all of the above will continue to be possible?
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If you’re interested, please come on Wednesday 13th of October at 5:00 p.m. to Kirjan talo (Book house), in Turku.  Poetry Week Association is looking for new faces for both the association’s board and the planning and implementation of events with a wider team for 2022 and beyond. Enthusiasts may already have something to do at this year’s festival. Next year’s board and chairman will be selected at the fall meeting in late November, and a larger production team can begin to be assembled after that.
The biggest effort of Poetry Week assoc. is the annual Poetry Week
festival, which has been held in Turku since 2001. This year’s program can be found on this site
In addition, we are involved in making e.g. year-round TkuÖpenMIc Clubs, Go Runo GO! event, the Poetry Island Festival, the poetry program of the Turku Book Fair and other individual poetry events. Poetry Week association also maintains the website and co-operates with other local stage poetry associations and individuals as with many foreign poetry event producers.
The Association’s work has been carried out mainly with voluntaries’ help and the production work has been paid small sums according to the task.
The place for a wonderful person who can obtain additional funding is therefore also vacant.

Welcome to Kirjan talo (Book House) on Wed 13th October at 5:00 pm! NOTE: the main language of the event will be Finnish. Refreshments and snacks will be also available. If you’re interested but can’t get there on Wednesday, you can send us a message to: runoviikko.ry[@]

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Poetry Week and Turku Lavatauti at the Turku’s Book Fair October from 1st to 3rd day of October

Poetry Week and Turku Lavatauti are once again producing a program for the Turku’s Book Fair. 18 poets will perform at the Southwest Finland poetry event “runokimarat” during the three days. Saturday’s poetry discussion will talk about the relationship between poetry presented on the stage and published as a book, and at the end of Saturday’s fair day there will be an open mic poetry for everyone.

Southwest Finland “runokimarat” event is in B-hall at Kallas stage.
Friday 1.10. from 2:05 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Satu Haapala, Olavi Hölttä, Mika Kivelä, Reetta Pekkanen, Veera Ruohomäki, Jouni Teittinen
Saturday 2.10. from 2:10 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Tapani Kinnunen, Nzar Kwestani, Aulis U. Lehtinen, Msblackrose, Eija Tammisto, Katariina Vuorinen
Sunday 3.10. from 2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Gunnar Högnäs, Susinukke Kosola, Ann-Charlotte Palmgren, Mia Rönkä, Sampo Sihvola, Henriikka Tavi

Produced by Poetry Week Association.

A poem on stage, a poem in a book – what’s the difference? in A-hall at Fiore stage on Saturday 2.10. from 4:00 p.m to 4:40 p.m.
Tapani Kinnunen, Daniil Kozlov and Aura Nurmi discuss the different forms of poetry under the leadership of Hanna Rentola.

Produced by Turku Lavatauti.

Poetry open mic in B-hall at Kuisti stage on Saturday 2.10. from 5:10 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Kalle Talonen will host an open mic event where anyone can read their own poems for a maximum of 5 minutes. On-site registration, some slots + entrance ticket to the fair also through preregistration to runoviikko.ry[at]

Producer Turku Lavatauti.

2.10 from 7 p.m to 10 p.m Turku’s Book Fair Saturday Night Poetry Club at Bar Ö

As in many years before, Poetry Week organizes an open mic-based poetry club “Turku’s book fair” at Bar Ö. The list of performers consists mainly of poets visiting the book fair, but the stage is free for anyone if only there is enough time to perform. Currently, the list is full of preregistered (18) but the situation will be checked at the beginning of the club on the spot, when possible open places will be distributed. Changes to the situation will be updated here and on the Facebook events page. The list of performers will be announced at the beginning of the fair week.
The poetry club is free of charge and admission is free.
However, we will follow Corona situation and official restrictions that limit the number of the audience.
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The website maintained by Poetry Week has been launched!  For the time being, the poetry map is specifically the Turku Poetry Map, a collection of poems located in and around Turku and poets in the area. We are gradually expanding the area of ​​poetry to the surrounding province. Nothing prevents the poetry map from spreading to other parts of Finland and around the world in the future, but it is good to start moving from Turku.

The site is still unfinished in many ways, but will be updated, expanded and diversified as the authors just have time to add new material to it. Of course, the idea of ​​a site is such that it never becomes “finished”. Currently, a dozen poets are waiting in line to be added to the map, and there are many more texts suitable for the map that are already in attendance. At least, in the autumn we are a little bigger and more beautiful.

For now, only poems already published, in print or video, will be added to the map. All poems are published on the poetry map, of course, only with the permission of the copyright owners.
Poetry videos, recordings of performances and writers’ websites have already been linked to poet’s presentations. This networking with other online services and other literary sites will be continued and complemented.

Poetry events will also be linked to the map and organized under the heading Poetry Map itself, hopefully as early as next autumn.
All of this takes time and work and resources, so some things may go a little slower than desired. In any case, the poetry map is constantly being built to be better and more diverse, and new poets, areas, and features of the page will be announced as they are added.

Comments, questions and poems and poets suggestions related to the poetry map can be sent to
The Poetry Map also has Facebook page:
The Turku 2029 Foundation has supported the creation of poetry map.

“Spring Meeting” of Poetry Week association

Thursday 29.4 at 5.00 p.m.
At the Book House (Kirjan Talo), Linnankatu 24 Turku

Note! Due to gathering restrictions, only a very limited number of people can be on site! You can also attend the meeting remotely via the Zoom link below. All members are welcome to the meeting!

NOTE! The meeting will be held in Finnish.

The agenda is in accordance with the rules, ie the meeting presents the last year’s financial statements, the action report of the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report and will decide on the basis on them to grant discharge of the Board of Directors. There are no other matters at this meeting.

Zoom link:

After the “official” part of the meeting, it is possible to present ideas and questions about the association’s activities and next autumn’s Poetry Week festival. Of course, they can always be presented by e-mail or directly to the members of the board of the association.

This invitation has also been emailed to everyone on our list of members to their most recent known email address. Attached to the e-mail invitation are the action report of the Board of Directors and the last year’s financial statements.
If you think you are a member and have not received an email, please contact to runoviikko.ry [at] If your email address changes, be sure to let us know too!

“Autumn meeting” of the Poetry Week Association

Thusday 10.12.2020 at 5.00 p.m.
At the Book House (Kirjan Talo), Linnankatu 24 Turku

At the meeting, will be handled matters required by the rules, i.e, the 2021 action plan approvement and the election for the association’s board for the next year.
An invitation to the meeting will be sent to the association’s members with the meeting agenda by e-mail no later than 3rd of December.

NOTE! Due to coronavirus, only can be admitted up to 10 people to the on-site meeting room, but you can also participate via Zoom, from this address:

ATTENTION! The meeting will be held in Finnish.
The meeting is opened to all interested, but only the association’s members can give the vote in matters that need to be decided.

Poetry Week Festival 6.- 15.11.2020

Note. There is now an exceptional amount of uncertainty surrounding the events, so you should follow the Facebook events page and the Poetry Week website for any changes.

Poetry Week Association’s members “spring meeting” on June 17, 2020

The statutory meeting of the Poetry Week Association will be held on Wednesday 17 June from 5 pm at the Book House (Kirjan talo), Linnankatu 24, Turku.

An invitation to the meeting has already been sent to the members of the association in week 23.

The meeting agenda includes matters required by the rules, but after the meeting, one can discuss about the November Poetry & Language Festival and other events and activities next autumn and next year. Anyone interested in poetry events and poetry related activities is welcome to attend, but only members have the right to vote at the meeting. Program proposals for next fall can also still be submitted by email

Attention! Effect of coronavirus situation on events:


The arrangements for the Poetry Week festival have so far progressed according to the normal schedule, and the event will take place as planned in November, unless the corona epidemic and the resulting restrictions in the fall require otherwise. Exceptional circumstances may, of course, give rise to some special arrangements. The situation will be assessed in September before the program is published.

We will monitor the situation and follow the instructions and restrictions of the authorities. Events are always organized in such a way that the public, performers and staff can safely attend or are canceled if the situation so requires.

You should follow our information on this page and our Facebook page 

This applies to the November Poetry Week Festival and other events we organize ourselves or with our partners. Information on TkuÖpenMic clubs can also be found on the Turun lavatauti Facebook page


Take care of yourself and each other!