Ruisrock aims to make sure that everyone has a chance to take part in the festival by making it as accessible as possible. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Ruisrock!
Arriving to the Festival Area
You can get to the festival area by foot or by bike. Festival buses and taxes will drop you off at the festival bus station, located about two kilometers from the festival area, next to the Ruissalo Bridge. Bicycle stands are located near the main gate.
You can gain accessible entrance to the festival area by applying for a personal parking permit for the accessible parking lot or using a taxi for the disabled. Both the accessible parking lot and the drop off and pick up point for taxis for the disabled are located approximately 400 meters from the accessible entrance. Instructions on how to apply for a parking permit can be found below.
We recommend ordering a taxi for the disabled in advance for both ways, to and from the festival. Please notice, that during the festival weekend getting to and from the island is slower than usually, especially on Friday and Saturday nights at 1 am - 3 am. We recommend to order taxi outside the rush hours.
A new accessibility service this year is a free disabled shuttle from Ruisrock. The disabled shuttle departs from the accessible parking lot and carries customers to the center of Turku. The service is only for users of our accessibility services and their assistants. Please note that the disabled shuttle can only carry a limited number of customers. Two wheelchairs and 8–10 passengers may be transported at the same time.
Accessible Parking Lot
The accessible parking lot is located about 400 meters from the accessible entrance. The asphalted parking lot has a limited number of accessible parking spaces. You can apply for an accessible parking space with a disabled parking permit issued by Trafi / the police.
Please note that you must apply for a parking space from Ruisrock in advance due to the limited number of spaces. You cannot access the parking lot without a personal parking permit granted by Ruisrock.
The application period for an accessible parking space at Ruisrock is 1 May – 18 June. Permits will be posted by 20 June.
You can apply for an accessible parking space by contacting email@example.com.
The festival area can be entered via the main gate or a separate, accessible entrance. The accessible entrance is located about 400 meters from the accessible parking lot. The route to the accessible entrance is asphalt and hard dirt road. People using the entrance undergo a security check, festival tickets are scanned electronically, and the general festival guidelines apply.
The accessible entrance may be used by the visually impaired and hearing impaired, people with a temporary physical impairment, and people whose mobility is limited due to a physical condition or disability. An assistant may use the accessible entrance together with an assisted person. Pregnancy is not a reason to use Ruisrock’s accessibility services.
An assistant can enter the area for free with a paying assisted person. The service is meant for people who have an assistant card (“saattajakortti”) granted by their home municipality or a doctor’s certificate that demonstrates the need for an assistant.
The assistant does not need a separate ticket and will not receive a wristband, but he/she must enter the festival area at the same time as the assisted person every day. Other people besides the assistant may not use the accessible entrance with the assisted person.
The free entry of the assistant only applies to regular Ruisrock tickets. If the assisted person has a VIP or Ruisrock+ ticket, the assistant must have his/her own ticket that entitles to the same services. This is because these ticket types include services subject to a charge. The VIP services are not fully accessible, because the water bus is not fully accessible and the terrain in the VIP area may be difficult in places.
The Centre of Assistance in Southwestern Finland (Lounais-Suomen avustajakeskus) also allows you to book a personal assistant at an expense allowance of EUR 7. More information and bookings at +358 2 251 8549.
Terrain at the Festival Site
Ruisrock is organized in the natural conservation area of Ruissalo in Turku and most of the site consists of park and field terrain. Some of the terrain is uneven, but an asphalt or hard dirt passageway runs around almost the entire festival site. An asphalt road runs through the front of Niitty Stage toward the shore. At the shore, the asphalt road turns into a hard dirt path. The festival site also has a beach, some of which is soft sand.
Each of the four largest stages have a viewing platform. The exact locations of the platforms can be seen in the accessibility map, which will be published closer to the festival. The platforms are 60 cm off the ground and have a gradual ramp. Each platform has general assistants who can help you to get on the platform, if needed. Platforms also have a bench. The assistant can accompany the assisted person on the platform, if there is enough room.
General assistants serve festivalgoers especially in matters relating to accessibility and they can be found near the viewing platforms. They are trained volunteers from the Centre of Assistance and can assist with e.g. mobility, getting to a viewing platform, and opening the lock of an accessible toilet.
There are six accessible toilets located around the festival site. Four of the toilets are located next to viewing platforms and one near the info desk. The accessible indoor toilet in the Ranta VIP area can also be used by holders of a VIP wristband. The accessible toilets have been locked to prevent misuse, and general assistants near them will open the toilet doors, when needed.
Users of a Toilet Card may also use accessible toilets. Read more about the Toilet Card.
More Information About Accessibility
If you want to hear more about accessibility at the festival, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are at the festival site, you can turn to the staff at the info desks or the general assistants.
Ruisrock aims to improve its accessibility year by year. Last year, we were involved in Papunet’s Musiikki kuuluu kaikille (“Music Belongs to Everyone”) project, and in 2012 we committed to ten accessibility promises that we improve continuously.
• We will build accessible viewing platforms in front of all the big stages.
• We will add more lights to the festival area.
• We will add more disabled toilets in the festival area.
• We will improve the possibilities to arrive at the festival by organizing accessible parking and by making the entrance procedure clearer.
• We will add more places to rest in the festival area.
• We will hire general assistants to help festivalgoers especially with accessibility issues.
• We will improve the accessibility of our communication by creating a plain language version of the Ruisrock website.
• We will train our staff to be more aware of accessibility.
• We will communicate more effectively and informatively about the practices of an accessible festival.
• We will promise to take accessibility into consideration at Ruisrock also in the years to come.
• Work on behalf of accessibility requires a long-term commitment and, as the organizers of Ruisrock, it is important to us to keep on improving it. If you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement concerning the accessibility of Ruisrock, please contact email@example.com.