FINFRINGE is an annual festival in Turku that was officially established on March 11, 2018. Preparations for the first FINFRINGE festival had started a couple of years prior, when the festival founders learned about the Fringe movement by working at and attending various Fringe festivals in Europe and North America. Inspired by their experiences, they decided it was time to bring this festival format to Finland, in order to present innovative international performing arts and serving as a platform for collaborations between different art forms in the Turku region. From the very start, FINFRINGE has been working closely with the professional stages and other regional actors in Turku. The festival team has 11 members and a four-person board. Every year, dozens of volunteers are involved during the festival.
The first FINFRINGE took place in Turku from May 10th to 12th, 2019. The festival is fairly small and for that reason it is a curated festival.
Kristina Vahvaselkä, Executive Director
Kristina is a member of the Board of Directors of FINFRINGE and the Executive Manager for the 2021 Festival. She is responsible for finance and administration and appoints the leaders of the various teams.
Sami Rannila, Artistic Director Sami,
Chairman of the Board for FINFRINGE, responsible for the festival's artistic profile and programme planning.
Sauli Luttinen, AD, Brand Manager
Vice Chairman of the Board, responsible for the visual appearance of the FINFRINGE festival
Antton Kainulainen, Production Manager
Board member, manages the stage and technical staff
Communications Manager Tarja is responsible for the festival's communications.
Lisa Forss, Administrative Coordinator
Lisa coordinates the administration and, with Kristina, is responsible for the smooth running of the administration.
Saara Suni, Volunteer Coordinator
Saara plans volunteering and recruits and trains volunteers.
Artist Coordinator Sanni-Leena is responsible for the performers, during, before and after the festival.
Jouni Kekkonen, responsible for the FFOFF programme
Jouni plans the off-programme and is responsible for the free shows.
Åbo Svenska Teater, City of Turku, Arts promotion centre Finland, The Finnish cultural foundation, Svenska kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet, Turku city theatre, Linnateatteri