SuomiAreena festival takes over Pori next week

SuomiAreena, the largest societal discussion festival in Finland, brings together different people and important topics from social, economic and political issues. SuomiAreena’s leading thought is that everyone can participate in the discussions. Therefore all programme during the festival has free admission. SuomiAreena will be held in Pori from 11th to 15th July, and it will again act as an arena for democracy and freedom of speech. Here are our tips for the programme held in English.

As SuomiAreena is held simultaneously with one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, Pori Jazz, next week will surely bring plenty of hustle and bustle to Pori. Seven different stages and other locations around Pori will host discussions, sporting events, cultural shows and children’s events across the week. Kansalaistori on the market square will host about 70 tents where various groups are presenting their own themes, actions and ideas. All SuomiAreena discussions are livestreamed and can be watched any time at Full programme (in Finnish) can be found here and more information in English can be found here.

Digital – the only superpower we need in the Nordic and Baltic region?
Tue 12th July at 13:00

Microplastics to Global Policies: Combatting Climate Change
Tue 12th July at 16:00 at Eteläranta Stage

Education as a means of better co-development between Africa and Europe. Do small nations have a role?
Wed 13th July at 10:00 at Pori Town Hall’s inner courtyard

Real-life impact of disinformation
Wed 13th July at 16:00 at Pori Town Hall’s inner courtyard

Expectations and challenges of closer educational collaboration between Africa and Europe: Practical experiences
Wed 13th July at 11:00 at Pori Town Hall’s inner courtyard

For entertainment, why not visit the Tulevaisuusbileet (Future Party) on Tuesday at 19:00 in Eteläranta, where Elastinen and DJ Yeboyah will entertain with some brilliant beats – free of charge, of course. Or how about getting to know the traditional and legendary Finnish baseball, by watching a charity match by Pesäkarhut from Pori versus Fera from Rauma on Tuesday, 16:45 onwards at Erku-Arena (Urheilutie 10)? Admission is free. More charity sports can be enjoyed on Thursday from midday onwards, as on the Herralahti football field several teams go head to head for charity. Those craving for culture, the Pori Art Museum will have movies by Finnish movie industry graduates on show non-stop (and for free) on Tuesday from 11 to 18.


Jazzbändi SuomiAreenan lavalla soittamassa