For two years now the medieval Castle of Turku and its beautiful Castle Park have been the home of the SHIFT Business Festival main event. Now, SHIFT is getting bigger, we’re turning three years old in 2018 – it’s time to shake things around a bit and make a move to a new venue! SHIFT 2018 invites you to do business in the bold, beautiful and inspiring environment of a formerly infamous prison – Kakolan Lääni – in the heart of Turku.


“The Castle offered an amazing start for SHIFT and it will always have a special place in SHIFT community’s heart – and we will definitely continue cooperation – but in the coming year, the main event of SHIFT 2018 will be held at the former County Prison at Kakola, Kakolan Lääni. The prison has all the funky vibes that SHIFT needs, but also an intrepid feeling to really facilitate positive and radical questioning of the status quo, which is exactly what we want to foster at SHIFT.”, explains Producer Heidi Vainio-Pekka.

SHIFT was held at Turku Castle in 2016 and 2017


During the spring, a versatile event environment for 4000 visitors will be built inside the prison walls. The main event, as well as the legendary After Party will now take place in Kakolan Lääni. The prison yard, as well as parts of the old prison inside, will host multiple stages and workshop areas, in which business programs will be held.

SHIFT 2018 will take place in the former county prison at Kakola, the Kakolan Lääni


On top of that, SHIFT will be full of art installations and performances to challenge your thinking and create a setting for discussion and encounters between visitors.

At SHIFT on May 22th – 23rd 2018, the Kakolan Lääni will be almost unchanged from the years of its service as a prison. Get your ticket now, and join the business experience of a lifetime!