This site contains basic information about Turku, accomodations, travelling etc.
The conference is held at the Artium and Minerva Buildings at the Sirkkala campus of the University of Turku, street address: Kaivokatu 12.
There is no registration fee for the conference. There will be a registration form posted on this website by April 15, with which participants are required to register their attendance to the welcome reception, daily coffee breaks and the conference dinner.
The conference has a quota of rooms in Scandic Hotel Julia. The hotel is within walking distance to the Conference Venue (ca 15 minutes), and situated in the middle of the city center (map link). Each guest has to deal directly with the hotel in booking a room (to book directly from their website, to email or call the hotel).
The conference rates for a single room and for a double room per night and the booking details are:
Eerikinkatu 4, 20100 Turku
Tel: +358 2 336 000 Fax: +358 2 3360 2211
102 € / standard single room / night
122 € / standard double room / night
Prices include a buffet breakfast and a wi-fi internet connection.
Booking code: BREA210519
Please indicate that you are participating in the Reading Cultures and Libraries in Change conference when making your reservation by giving the booking code BREA210519.
Book latest 7 May, 2015
Bookings must be made latest on May 7 in order to have the conference rate. The quota of rooms is an open one and it can close before the latest booking date depending on the hotel’s room status. We would encourage participants to book their rooms as soon as possible to have the conference rate.
You can find information about the city, and also its hotels and hostels on the Visit Turku website: http://www.visitturku.fi/en
You can choose your own accommodation among these options as well.
Turku has an international airport and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga and Gdansk. From Turku airport, there is a regular bus to city centre (distance approx. 8 km), bus line nro 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. Tickets à 3 eur can be bought from the driver (cash, preferably coins).
A taxi ride to the center of Turku will cost around 20 euros. All taxis accept credit/debit cards.
Taxi in Turku
You can reserve a taxi at +358 2 10041. There are several taxi stands in the City centre.
If you fly to Helsinki, from Helsinki-Vantaa airport there is a bus to Turku operated by Expressbus (travel time 2-2.5 hours, departures about every hour). Another option is to take the new Ring Rail Line from the airport to Helsinki, to Pasila station, and change in Pasila to a train to Turku. At daytime, the Ring Rail Line trains between the airport and Helsinki run at ten-minute intervals at peak hours and the trip takes 22 minutes. Trains to Turku depart about every hour (between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m.). The trip to Turku from the Helsinki-Pasila station takes about 2 hours.
From Stockholm you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Daily connections between Stockholm and Turku are operated by Tallink Silja and Viking Line. The ferry takes about 10 hrs. For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Visit Turku website.
Further travel information
Please, see Visit Turku- webpage for further travel information: http://visitturku.fi/en/visit-turku-en/turku-environs/getting-around
Main Sights in Turku
In Turku there is a lot to see and a lot to do. The social programme and the optional tours will providegood opportunities for the delegates as well as their guests to get acquainted with the many historical sights of the city.
The history of Turku Castle goes back to the 1280s. In the course of the centuries, a fortified base built for the royal governor of Finland and his troops gradually expanded into a massive grey stone castle. Today, the castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. The castle is also a venue for meetings, banquets, temporary exhibitions, concerts, and children’s events.
Turku Cathedral was consecrated as a Cathedral Church in 1300. It is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, and a national shrine. It is one of the most highly valued monuments in Finnish architectural history. The Cathedral is still regularly used for divine service.
The Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Aboa Vetus displays 1,400 square metres of an unearthed authentic, medieval town block. Ars Nova exhibits 1,200 square metres of contemporary art in an old Palace. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum displays both domestic and foreign art of a high quality.
Maritime centre on the west bank of the River, near the harbour and the Castle; maritime history exhibitions, museum ships and events.
Art Museum of Turku
The Turku Art Museum has an outstanding collection of Finnish visual arts. It covers two centuries including turn-of-the-century classics, as well as more recent works of contemporary art. The temporary exhibitions cover a wide and varying range of art.
Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum
The Museum´s collections include both Wäinö Aaltonen’s works and contemporary Finnish art. The museum arranges temporary exhibitions, as well as related events and concerts.
The river Aura
The river Aura is the heart of Turku and full of life. Walking on the riverbanks, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, complemented by the restaurant boats, musical events and many other happenings.
Arts and shopping in Turku
Turku is an ideal town to do shopping and enjoy cultural events at the same time, since everything is within walking distance. In between designer boutiques and department stores, you can pop into cosy cafes or exiting art galleries.
The conference is organised in co-operation with the City of Turku and Visit Turku.
Top image: City of Turku, Suomen ilmakuva