What are Markets of Possibilities?
The Markets of Possibilities are free public events that are held annually in more than twenty towns around Finland. The aim of the Markets of Possibilities is to increase the awareness of global development issues and present valuable work done by different civil society organizations.
These events also bring out the multicultural side of Finland. This year the national theme of the events is migration and refugees. The idea of the Markets of Possibilities is to distribute information and offer visitors new experiences.
Who are organizers and stakeholders?
The Markets of Possibilities are arranged by local civil society organizations, as part of a national network coordinated by KEPA – the Finnish service centre for development Cooperation.
In Turku the Cooperative Book Café of Turku (Osuuskunta Turun Kirjakahvila) hosts and coordinates the local happening together with the local immigrant associations.
In Turku the happening takes place at Saturday 19th of May at The Vanha Suurtori area and around the yard of Brinkkala and Book Café. The program starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The whole day is full of interesting activities.
What is going to happen?
Local civil society organizations will introduce their work. They have their own stands at Vanha Suurtori area.
On the stage of the Brinkkala yard many interesting performers are going to show up, e g. dancers, artists, stand- up comedians as well as more serious speakers, like Kim Remitz, the executive director of Finnish Refugee Council, Malai Rahim, the refugee woman of the year and the famous American poet and human rights activist Paul Polansky who tells about the situation of the Roma people in Kosovo.
There are also all kinds of attractions and entertainment for children. For example the Marionet Theatre Mundo will perform the play Sleeping Beauty. A whole tent full of programme is just for children.
The Market of Possibilities will reach its climax with celebration. A band called Faso Kan will play West-African music. After the Faso Kan gig the night ends with Superhero Party at Book Café - because all of us who are working for a more just world order are kind of superheroes. ;)
Who are invited?
Everybody is very welcome to the Market of Possibilities and the whole event is free.