Lace Week offers nine days of city festival atmosphere starting on July 22

This summer’s Rauma Lace Week, organized for the 53rd time, starts on Saturday 22 July at 10 am with the traditional opening at Helsingintori. The nine-day city festival offers a program for residents of all ages and for tourists arriving to the city. The program is organized by dozens of different operators.

– It’s amazing to see how different parties have enthusiastically set out to organize for program for Lace Week. This is truly a festival shared with the entire city, says Outi Lehtorinne, the cultural producer in charge.

The Lace Week program coverage is diverse and includes for example several events from previous years. A more traditional program is represented by the open yards of Old Rauma and yard flea markets in Old Rauma, Rauma Martta organization sells lapskoussi and a lace exhibition in Poselli.

– The traditional curfew call echoes from the tower of the Town Hall every day at 8 pm Rauma’s own language ”rauman giäl” can be heard for example in Rauma ramblings performed by Ossi Paavola every day at 2 pm in different place each time, says Lehtorinne.

Like last year, Savilanpuisto has plenty of programs from Wednesday to Friday. Wednesday 26.7. the Youth of Savila event will take place. Young local bands will take the stage, and the evening will be headlined by the popular Finnish band KUUMAA. Thursday 27.7. the Miss Lace 2023 beauty pageant finalists will take the stage. After the crowning of the Miss Lace, a concert by Rauma’s orchestra will take place. During the Black Lace Night on Friday 28.7. a Finnish artist Vilma Alina and a Finnish band  called Don Johnson Big Band will perform in Savilanpuisto.

– Interesting selections from the program also include the International Picnic with Bloom in Parpansali park, which is open to everyone, the library flea market at the main library, Taidetrio’s dance and music performances, and park yoga at the end of Lace Week. The program also includes more than 25 artists’ studios and art exhibitions, Lehtorinne adds.

Markets fill the city center

The organizer of Kalatori’s artisan market has changed, and in charge of this year’s market is Ugi’s Torimyynti. More than thirty craft vendors have already registered for the event.

– A happy commotion fills Kalatori on Friday 28 July from 12 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday 29 July from 10 am to 4 pm. The new organizer may bring new things, but traditions will also be adhered to, cultural producer Heini Järvenpää says.

You can enjoy the market atmosphere even more in the downtown area, when the International Grand Market lands in Lace Week from Wednesday to Saturday, 26.–29.7. On Friday, the market expands to the Black Lace night market, which continues well into the evening.

More has been invested in the children’s program

On Monday July 24 the children’s afternoon is celebrated with the Roskaduo concert and Muurikki ja metsänväki fairy tale adventure in Tammela at Eteläpitkäkatu 17.

Families with children can also enjoy Savilanpuisto soi! concert on Friday 28.7. Magician Lauri Nordberg will start the day, after which the whole family’s favorite Pikku Papu Orchestra will take the stage. After the orchestra, Ruffle Army’s giant soap bubbles create an atmosphere in Savilanpuisto.

– Among other things, the cardboard box world at Männistö’s lip kiosk, music play school in Marela and nature baths for babies in Sinilintu’s yard are new implementations aimed at children. On the closing weekend of Lace Week, there will also be a Kuopankaivajat theater performance and a masquerade dance for children, Järvenpää says. The children’s programs are mainly in Finnish.