The key topic of the 2018 Turku Book Fair is Estonia
Turku Fair Centre
Messukentänkatu 9, Turku,
05.10.2018 – 07.10.2018
This year’s edition of the Turku Book Fair will be held on October 5–7. The main topic of the fair is the Republic of Estonia celebrating its 100th anniversary. During the three-day fair, there will be several different discussion panels where well-known Estonian and Finnish writers and literary people will meet. Estonian-themed sub-programme includes Estonian poetry, music, karaoke and exhibitions.
The Turku Book Fair will be opened on October 5 at Turku Fair Center by the Speaker of the Parliament of Estonia, Eiki Nestor. During the next three days, visitors of the fair will have an opportunity to participate in a versatile cultural programme focusing in particular on contemporary Estonian translation. Guest performers include the authors whose works have been translated into Finnish – the beloved Estonian writers Kai Aareleid, Jaak Jõerüüt, Paavo Matsin, Valdur Mikita and Andrei Ivanov.
For the first time on the history of the book fair, the collection of Lydia Koidula’s poetry translated into Finnish will be introduced as a gift from Finnish translators to the 100-year-old Estonia. In addition to that, the book fair offers a great opportunity to see the major Finnish-Estonian poetry programme, lead by Jenni Haukio, the programme director of the book fair.
During the whole weekend, visitors can purchase Estonian authors’ works translated into Finnish and receive information about Estonia at the A-hall of the fair center. The children’s area of the fair will be arranged by Ilon’s Wonderland from Haapsalu, gallery and theme centre for children and families based on the works of the world-famous illustrator of children’s books – Ilon Wikland.
As part of the sub-programme of the fair, there will be the Estonian-Finnish karaoke evening held on Friday, October 5, where several famous songs from Mikko Savikko’s collection 100 laulua. Laulamme yhdessä – 100 laulu. Laulame koos (100 Songs. Let’s Sing Together) will be sung. On Saturday, October 6, the Estonian-themed club night will take place with the ensemble Au-ensemble which consists of Asko Künnap (poetry), Adam Cullen (violin) and Kivi Larmola (guitar). After that, the poetry will be read by Kai Aarelaid, Kätlin Kaldmaa, Indrek Koff, Mika Keränen and Kauksi Ülle. The evening ends with Gogol’s disco (Paavo Matsin)! During the whole fair, the exhibitions “Estonian History in Pictures” and “The Road to the Clouds” will remain open at the Turku City Library.
The Estonian programme of the book fair is organized by the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki, the Estonian Institute in Finland, the Association of Estonia-Societies in Finland and the Tuglas Society.