Ruisrock Festival will be organized between the 5th and 7th of July at the national park of Ruissalo in Turku, Finland. During the weekend around 60 artists and performers will be seen on stages of Ruisrock.
The festival area is open:
On Friday 5.7. 4pm to 2am.
On Saturday 6.7. 1pm to 2am.
On Sunday 7.7. 1pm to 11pm.
We reserve the right to make changes.
The principle of Ruisrock is that everyone has a chance to take part in the festival as effortlessly as possible. We would like that everyone could enjoy Ruisrock!
Ruisrock is situated in Turku, in the nature conservation area of Ruissalo. The festival is organized on grassland. Parts of the grounds are uneven but there is an asphalt / hard sand lane that goes almost through the whole area. The asphalt road leads from the main entrance past the Niittylava stage all the way to the beach. On the beach, the asphalt turns in to a hard sand route. The festival area has also a beach with very soft sand.
Arriving to the area
The festival area can be reached by walking, by bike, with a festival bus or with a taxi. The festival busses and taxis arrive to the festival bus station that is located around two kilometers from the festival grounds. The festival entry is located at the main gates. The festival has also a separate accessible entry that can be reached with a disabled taxi and a possibility for disabled parking that has to be applied for in advance. Find more about arriving to the area with a disabled taxi or with your own car below. Please note that it is only possible to drive to the accessible gates with a disabled taxi, not a regular one.
The festival area map will be published on this web site this spring.
There is a parking area near the festival area (around 400 meters from the accessible entry) and it has a limited amount of parking lots for disabled. As the amount is limited, the parking lot has to be reserved in advance. You will not be able to access the parking area without a personal permit.
The accessible gates can be used by persons who have a limited possibility to move due to physical or mental handicap, sight or hear impairment or a temporary injury. Pregnancy is not a basis for a use of the disabled taxi nor for the accessible entry.
The assistant can enter the area for free in the company of the assisted. The assistant and the assisted can enter the area through the accessible entry together when arriving to the festival. The assistant does not need a separate ticket nor a wrist band but to enter he/she has to arrive to the area together with the assisted person. Beside the assistant, no one else can enter in the company of the assisted through the accessible entry. The accessible entry will have a security control, the festival tickets will be read electronically and the common festival regulations apply. Please note that the accessible entry does not have ticket booth. The closest ticket sale is located at the main gates, about 500 meters from the accessible entry.
The festival area
The disabled toilets
The festival area has six disabled toilets. Four out of them are located by the view platforms and two others in the toilet areas. The festival map with the more precise information will be published on this web site later this spring.
The view platforms
There will be view platforms near all big stages. The platforms are located beside the mixing booths. The tent stage (Telttalava) platform will be located near the tent’s entry. The platforms are 60 cm high and have a low ramp leading to them. Every platform will have a personal guard or a general assistant that can aid with accessing the platform. The platforms will also have a couple of chairs on each. The assistant can follow the assisted on the platform if there will be space.
The alcohol licensed areas
More information on the accessibility of the alcohol licensed areas will be updated here in spring.
The VIP area can only be entered with a VIP pass. The VIP area is located on the festival area by the asphalt road. The VIP building can be entered with a ramp. The building has a disabled toilet.
The accessibility project 2012
Ruisrock led an accessibility project in 2012 with the aim to make the festival even more accessible to everyone. The Ministry of Education and Culture supported the preparation and the preliminary survey for the project. The Threshold Association Turun Kynnys ry took part as the expert adviser.
The project was successful and gained a lot of thanks and media attention.
As a part of the project, Ruisrock is committed to keep ten accessibility promises that will be developed even further for the next summer’s festival for instance by enlarging the size of the view platforms.
The accessibility promises
- build accessible view platforms to all big stages
- add more lights to the festival area- add more toilets for the disabled
- better the possibility to arrive to the festival by organizing a disabled parking lot and by making the entry procedure clearer
- add resting spots on the festival area
- hire general assistants to aid festival goers especially with accessibility issues
- better the accessibility of our communication by creating a simplified text version of our web site- teach our personnel to be even better aware of accessibility
- put out information on the festival’s accessibility even more efficiently and specifically
- promise to take accessibility into consideration at Ruisrock also the following years
The accessibility work is a long-spam project and we organizer hold it important to put effort into it and develop it also in the future. If you have feedback or developmental suggestions on accessibility, please contact Ruisrock via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY) has been our associate in the accessibility project already since 2012.
On the festival weekend, Turku will be filled to the brim with festival visitors. Ruisrock organizers and associates offer different options for accommodation in the form of hotels, schools and camping sites in Turku. We recommend booking your accommodation early, preferably during the spring.
School accommodation is available all over Turku from Thursday till Monday. School accommodation is provided by TuTo ry. The price is 15 €/ person per night, if the reservations are booked and paid no later than on the 29th of June. After this, the price is 17€ / person per night.
More information and reservations on the website of Tuto ry (in Finnish).
All hotel packages are booked through Turku Touring. There are available full hotel packages that include the three day festival ticket together with the accommodation. You can choose rooms from the majority of hotels located in Turku. If you wish to buy a hotel package including VIP tickets, please contact first Ruisrock´s office by email email@example.com.
The Ruisrock camping site is located in Turku near HK Arena and Messukeskus in the region of Artukainen. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie. A free festival bus transports the festival goers from the camping site to the festival area that is located around 6,5 kilometres away. Camping is only allowed on official camping sites.
The camping area is intended for festival visitors only. To enter the camping site, you need to have your festival ticket with you as the tickets are controlled at the entry. It is also possible to purchase one day tickets to Ruisrock at the gates of the camping.
The camping site is available for all ages but we recommend that under 15-year-olds are accommodated in the company of their parents.
The opening hours: From 6 p.m. on Thursday 4.7. until 12 o’clock on Monday 8.7.
Prices: The camping ticket for 1 person 30 € | The camper van parking ticket 20 €
Purchase your camping tickets from Tiketti. ]The Tiketti service fees (from 1,50 €) are added to the ticket prices.
The camping ticket allows entry to the camping site for the whole weekend from Thursday till’ Monday. The price of the tent spot is included in the price of the ticket. For those, who arrive with a camper van, there is a camper ticket that has to be purchased in addition to the personal camping ticket.
The camping ticket is personal and named. In case you wish to change the name on the ticket, please contact the customer service of Tiketti in firstname.lastname@example.org. A service fee of 1,50 € is charged for the name change.
There are no one night tickets available for the camping; the price is for the whole festival weekend.
Arrival: The Ruisrock camping site is located in Turku near HK Arena (former Turkuhalli) and Messukeskus in the region of Artukainen. The address is Artukaisten kiitotie.
From the Turku city center: You can reach the camping site from Turku Kauppatori square with bus lines 12, 32 and 61. The buses 12, 32 and 42 go by the Turku Railway Station. You’ll find the bus schedules and Turku traffic info here.
From the festival area: There is a free bus connection from the festival to the camping site between Friday and Sunday. The bus travels on a non-stop basis form Ruissalo bus station to Artukainen according to the festival opening hours. There is about 2 kilometres long walk from the bus station to the actual festival area due to the environmental conservation area that surrounds the festival.
Car and camping van parking: There is a parking area near the camping site that is open according to the opening hours of the camping site. The price of the parking is 5 € / one time. Sleeping in the car or bringing the car to the camping area is not allowed for security reasons.
It is only possible to park on the camping area with a registered camper van. Attachable camper trailers are not allowed. The parking fee for the camper is paid once per parking – if you leave the camping site with your camper, you will have to pay the fee again when you return. We cannot offer electricity to the camper vans.
The camping site services: There is a café, cloak room, info, first aid and lost and found office that are all open 24 hours a day. There is around 15 minutes’ walk to the nearest grocery store. The café lends outdoor games for a pawn.
The festival toilets and cold water showers are available for the lodgers for free between eight a.m. and eight. p.m. Men and women have alternating one-hour-long showering turns.
The warm showers and indoor toilets of HK Arena are available for 1 € fee on Friday from 9 a.m. till’ 12, on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. till’ 13 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. till’ 11 a.m.
It is also possible to buy one day tickets to Ruisrock at the camping site, just like at the gates of the festival.
General camping instructions: Every lodger is provided with their own wrist band that allows free entry to the camping area.
Drinking alcohol in a disruptive manner or making fire is not allowed. The camping site’s fire department and first aid personnel are on duty around the clock.
Remember to keep your valuables with you or leave them guarded in the cloak room.
Remember to keep the area clean and pleasant. The camping site includes a recycling point where it is easy to recycle your paper, cardboard, bio, metal and glass litter. Pavilion tents are not allowed.
Another camping site is located on the island of Ruissalo in Saaroniemi. Find more info here.
Ruisrock and the environment
Ruisrock is organized at the Ruissalo island which is a nature conservation area in most. Ruissalo has versatile and valuable nature which provides nesting grounds for rare bird species and mammals in the surroundings of luscious vegetation.
Ruisrock puts a lot of effort in taking care of the nature in Ruissalo and aims to create surroundings where every festival goer can easily take part in the important work. On this page you’ll find information on what Ruisrock does to help the environment as well as tips on how to enjoy an ecological festival weekend.
Tips to a more ecological festival weekend
- Turn off any unnecessary electrical equipment before you leave home.
- Pack only what’s necessary and return home with the same items.
- Arrive to Turku with public transportation or by carpool. From Turku to Ruissalo you’ll get easiest by bike or on a festival bus.
- Remember to drink enough water and fill the bottle when needed, the area contains several water stations.
- Use the beer pint deposits.
- Only use the bathrooms for relieving yourself, not the nature!
- Use existing paths
- Sort you waste to the right waste baskets. And do not litter.
- Favor renewable and decomposing packaging.
You can also buy the three euros more expensive Archipelago Sea ticket. The price difference is given in full to the work of the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea.
Protection of the Archipelago Sea
In the summer of 2011, Ruisrock began cooperating with the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea. The idea was simple: when purchasing a Ruisrock ticket, you are given an option to support the Fund’s important efforts stop the eutrophication of the archipelago sea.
In 2011, 1217 ticket buyers supported the cause. Next year the number of supporters doubled and a total of 2020 people supported the cause. As a result of the positive feedback and growing interest to the cause, the collaboration is going to continue this year as well.
Recycling on the festival area
Ruisrock makes sure that the area is sufficiently covered with waste bins and that there is an option to sort your litter. This way the beach and meadows of Ruissalo stay clean. The area contains three sorting stations with helpful guides. At the stations, you can sort your burnable and bio waste as well as cardboard, paper, glass, metal waste and refundable bottles.
In Turku, most of the waste is burned to produce energy and thus most of the litter bins in Ruisrock are accompanied with a burnable waste sticker. There will be plenty of bio waste bins near the food stalls and some also in other parts of the festival area. All the utensils used in Ruisrock are made of compostable materials and the festival encourages food sellers to make choices that support sustainable development.
The alcohol licenced areas use pint and can deposits. When purchasing a pint or a can, you get your deposit back when the drink is finished. Pints with deposits can be washed to use again and cans can be recycled. This is how we are able to recycle most of the pints and cans used during the festival and avoid excess waste.
Sorting guide - what belongs where?
Burnable waste includes for example different kinds of plastic (not PVC), paperboards, cardboards and papers, diapers and hygienic products, broken clothes, CDs, videos and cassettes, wooden pellets, food waste and plants.
Burnable waste differs from assorted waste in that unburnable materials and PVC products are sorted separately to go out to a landfill.
We recommend sorting everything organic to a bio waste bins. Burning bio waste produces methane, which contributes to global warming. Correctly composted bio waste produces less methane and composted food turns into soil.
Organic and locally produced food
Ruisrock invests in organic and locally produced food in its restaurants. Ruisrock’s wine and champagne bars also serve organic wines. The artists’ catering also uses organic products when supplies are available.
Electricity consumption and wind electricity
In the year 2012, Ruisrock used wind power drawn from the power company Turku Energia. Turku Energia also compensated the diesel generated electricity at the festival by acquiring certificated emission reductions. Nordic Offset Oy calculated the carbon emission footprint and purchased the required emission compensations. According to the evaluation by Turku Energy the wind parks in Pori, Raahe and Högsåra need only one hour in 15 m/sec wind to produce the energy amount Ruisrock requires for the weekend.
Arriving to Turku and to Ruissalo
Public transportation is much more considerate towards nature than private transportation. Turku is very accessible from all around Finland by train or by bus. www.vr.fi and www.matkahuolto.fi/en.
If you decide to arrive to Turku by car, you should fill your car with as many friends as you can. You can look for and offer great festival rides at www.kyydit.net/en and www.greenriders.fi/en.
From Turku centre the easiest way to get to the festival grounds is by festival bus that runs non-stop. More precise driving routes will be announced closer to the festival.
Ruisrock protects the diverse nature of Ruissalo by directing the visitors’ movement and fencing the most delicate areas. Any unnecessary movement is restrained in the festival by the ”in and out once a day” policy.
Ruisrock has been a part of YOUROPE for years and one of the organization’s most important missions is to promote the festivals’ green values: www.yourope.org/en/gointroduction
Since 2007, Ruisrock has received the Green ’n’ Clean environmental certificate that is granted for festivals that act according to the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development.
Ruisrock strives for decreasing its own environmental strain by paying attention to the amount and quality of waste that it produces, preferring public transportation and renewable energy sources.
Ville Ketonen (email@example.com)
Jari Sirén (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6 B, 6 krs.
FI-00100 Helsinki FINLAND
Phone: +358 40 477 1285
The board of Vantaan Festivaalit Oy
Juhani Merimaa, Tapio Nousiainen, Ari Salonen