by Teemu Heinonen, degree student in Environmental Engineering
Pori Jazz is an international music festival, which is held every year in July in Pori. The festival was started in 1966 and was mainly featuring jazz music. As the years went by other music genres got sucked into it and now it is a meeting place for all kinds of musical people.
The festival takes place in two main areas, Kirjurinluoto-arena and the “Jazz”-street. Kirjurinluoto has all the main artists and bands, thus getting to see them costs, a lot. There are three stages in Kirjurinluoto, two large ones and one small. The two bigger ones feature most famous artists and bands from all kinds of music genres but the smaller one is mainly featuring jazz.
Entering the “Jazz”- street is totally free for everyone. It is near Kirjurinluoto and has all kinds of food stalls and drinking places. Also few Pori jazz merchandise stores are around. There is also a small stage where smaller bands that play jazz music can perform everyday of the festival and it is completely free for everyone to go and listen to them. So grab a few friends with you and take a bus or a train to Pori. And while you’re in there you should go and visit Yyteri, the best beach in whole Finland.
See what the program looks like this year: http://porijazz.fi/en/