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Trojan Horse Festival – What is it? How and why to get there?

A different kind of design festival takes place in Hanko archipelago in the end of August. From Friday 26th to Saturday 27th multidisciplinary Trojan Horse students and mentors Katharina Moebus, Adrià Garcia Mateu, Markus Miessen and PWR Studio will share their thinking and invite you to harvest the Trojan Horse process and experience.

So far we know that there will be a dinner and sauna on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. In between there might be solar-powered lecture-performances, roundbonfire talks, glow-in-the-dark forest discos, prototype exhibitions, utopian villages or kayak trips and things we might not be able to imagine yet. However all program and food is included to the ticket.

Guests who stay for two days are welcome to set up their tents in our village.

How to get there?

You can join the festival on Friday after work and stay on the island over night or arrive on Saturday. The festival ends on Saturday evening.

The festival starts on Friday with a boat ride to the island. The boat leaves mainland pier at 5.45pm.

On Saturday the boat to the island leaves mainland pier 10.40 am.
The festival ends in the afternoon and the boat takes guests back to the mainland at 5.20pm.

By train
On Friday train from Helsinki leaves at 3.32pm and arrives in Santala at 5.10pm. There is a 1,5km guided walk to the pier. On Saturday Helsinki-Santala train leaves 8.37am and Santala-Helsinki 5.49pm.

By car
The address is Bengtsårinlaituri. Cars can be parked to a parking lot 150 meters before the pier. More detailed instructions, in Finnish:

Bengtsår Island
Bengtsår island lies to the north of the Hankoniemi peninsula about 120 kilometres from Helsinki. The island is a 4,5 km long and 1,5 km wide lush natural idyll that boasts all kinds of activities.

The island has seven separate camp areas and two sizeable saunas run by the city of Helsinki. Part of the island forms a conservation area for oak groves.

The Helsinki city has organised activities in Bengtsår since 1948. The island is still mainly visited by youth centres, youth organisations, other associations and agencies and sports clubs.

What to take?

We spent most of the time outside, so take warm and waterproof clothes. In case you stay for two days, pack camping and sauna gear. (There are tents in the island you can use...)

Why come?

To think what design practises could (and should) be like in the near future. To have a round-bonfire-discussion with emerging critically minded designers and architects. To experience different ways to be in nature. To create space. To learn. To be.

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Ticket includes festival program, ferry ride to the Bengtsår island and back and vegan food at the camp canteen during the festival.