”Alvar Aalto has specifically designed the sites in Pori and Eura to be used as homes. A sauna designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto can also be found in Kauttua. For one week, there will be an opportunity to peek into these everyday environments that still serve as homes, saunas and accommodation facilities. During the week, we also want to organise side events showing how Aalto and design in general have affected our everyday life and continue to do so,” explains Sirpa Wahlqvist, Head of Cultural Affairs of Eura.
An extensive programme is being planned for Pori and Eura. Local actors are encouraged to generate ideas and organise events or campaigns of their own under the theme Aalto in everyday life.
“The week will enliven the end of the summer in Pori and Eura. It will be interesting, as it will provide people with a new kind of awareness of the Alvar Aalto sights in the region. The main focus of the week will be on Alvar Aalto and everyday architecture, but the programme will also offer a wide range of cultural experiences from concerts to culinary events and from games for the whole family to original sightseeing tours, which make up a unique programme that has been prepared together with local actors,” explains Jyri Träskelin, Head of Cultural Unit from the City of Pori. The Municipality of Eura and the City of Pori will be responsible for the arrangements for the week, together with the Alvar Aalto Foundation and numerous collaborative partners.
The different Alvar Aalto cities around Finland take turns in organising Alvar Aalto Week and the host is always the city chairing the Network of Alvar Aalto Cities that year. “The greatest thing about the event is that the week offers an opportunity to promote Aalto’s architecture and design and make the activities of the Network of Alvar Aalto Cities visible to the general public”, says Tommi Lindh, Managing Director of Alvar Aalto Foundation.
The programme of Alvar Aalto Week 2020 will be published in the spring at www.alvaraalto.fi/alvaraaltoviikko