New Performance Party Night, c Jussi Virkkumaa

The fifth annual New Performance Turku Festival, the international festival for performance and live art, succeed to fill the expectations of the audience and the organizers. 2,500 visitors enjoyed the performances, installations, seminars and discussions around Turku’s urban city space, performance spaces and galleries during the five festival days. The event gathered together both regular and new audiences in to sold out performance spaces.

The festival’s diverse and board program received many praises; the incredible amount of audience memebers shows that the artworks were also great successes. Festival’s artist’s came all around the world including Chile, New Zealand and Japan and the performance spaces included Vartiovuori Park, Föri, Turku Castle, Topelius Highschool’s courtyard and Turku Swimming Hall.

”The success of our festival makes us extremely happy, especially as it seems to reach new audience constantly”, says the festival’s artistic co-director Leena Kela. ”This year we can truly announce that performance art is a phenomena in Turku.”

The festival’s focus continues to be on the new phenomena of performance and live art, as well as showcasing an international set of performances to the Turku city space. The next festival will be held at fall 2017.