TOGETHER | 24-26th August | Stockholm

The largest public event of Finland’s centenary celebration organised outside Finland.

Finland will be introduced in Stockholm through a diverse programme. In the centre of Stockholm almost 300 artists will perform during the street party; in addition to music, stand-up comedy, children’s theatre, circus arts and meetings with writers will be seen on stage.

The City of Turku was invited to Stockholm because of their long shared history and close collaborations.

Near the main stage, the City will present:

  • Tom of Finland exhibition from Tom of Finland Foundation
  • Ruisrock festival, the renowned popular rave
  • Puf, a concept design store

On the main stage on Saturday:

  • Turku City Theatre will perform numbers from the Tom of Finland musical

Come, experience the best of Finland and celebrate the happy anniversary!

Thursday and Friday 12:00 – 22:00
Saturday 10:00 – 22:00

Fira Finland 100 med Tom of Finland
By Jon Voss for QX


TOM OF FINLAND Musical | 8th-9th August | Tampere, Finland

The first Finnish musical ever in the history of the Festival!

The Turku City Theatre’s musical draws a picture of Touko Laaksonen, the unusual and talented son of two teachers from the town of Kaarina, and his rise to fame as Tom of Finland. Librettist Tuomas Parkkinen shows us the growth of an artist, and the spirit of each passing decade is aptly captured in the hilarious musical themes by composers Jussi Vahvaselkä and Jori Sjöroos.

Directed and choreographed by Reija Wäre. Photos: Otto-Ville Väätäinen

The story is based on actual events, but as the art becomes more extravagant and beefed up over the years, the musical picks up the pace accordingly, showing the comical and imaginary aspects of Tom’s conquest of the world. Simultaneously we are given a fresh look at the Finnish way of life during the second half of the 20th century.

What cannot be said out loud must be drawn. What cannot be drawn must be sung.

Tom of Finland’s drawings of his erotic fantasies were so authentic they helped millions of men find their sexuality.

2h 40 min, intermission
Age recommendation 16+
Performed in Finnish, subtitled in English


TTT-Theatre | Main Stage