Meet CC:TKU

Put faces to some of the names of CC:TKU as we briefly introduce ourselves.

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    Lauren

Who are you?
Lauren Cook, 26, originally from Australia.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Stubborn, small, soft all over.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
I edit all the articles and put them on the website, and I’ve been known to write some of them too. The whole project has been a big learning curve for me but I've enjoyed every minute, especially meeting all the inspiring and interesting people who work, live and create in Turku.

How did you fall in love with Turku?
I came from Australia to Finland in 2014 and met a Turkulainen boy. When I moved to Turku I felt that I had found my home- the city is the perfect size, beautiful and full of wonderful people. There’s always something to do and everything is close. Even now, when I’ve returned to Australia for 9 months, I get really homesick for my Finnish city.

What’s your favourite corner of Turku?
I’m a sucker for a quiet pint at Alvar, on the corner of Puutarhakatu and Humalistonkatu. It's a great spot for people watching, a board game with mates or a solo study session, and the music is always spot on.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
CC:TKU is an opportunity to share Turku’s awesomeness with a broad and mixed audience. Writing in English means that the city’s international population can be included, but it’s also accessible to the majority of Finns. It’s also a fun project to work on with some friends, and a way to meet new people and develop new skills. I really hope that other people find CC:TKU and want to get involved- we’re a collective of individuals who love people and love to share. Join us!

Lauren has written about Uncle Wesley's, Vegånia, Good Sås, Toispual Design and Freshcode, as well as other topics, for CC:TKU.

    Roos

Who are you?
Roos Hekkens, 27, originally from the Netherlands.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Absurdly enthusiastic, eclectic, social, straightforward.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
I have been a frequent writer, exploring the city, its events and the people who make this such a nice place to be. I am always keen on meeting new faces and having nice conversations about anything culturally inspiring.

How did you fall in love with Turku?
I spent an exchange semester in Turku in Autumn 2013. Even though the weather conditions are not the prettiest in that period, I enjoyed my stay a lot because I felt like I made the city my own. I explored the cultural scene and easily found what I was interested in. Since I moved back in 2016, I am happy to be part of this cultural scene and contribute to it in many ways. There is a DIY attitude in Turku that I really like and support, and which is intrinsic to the city.

What’s your favourite corner of Turku?
One of my favourite corners in the city is where Brahenkatu curves into Linnankatu. The presence of the Aura River and the view of the old town gives a sense of cultural history, and looking into Linnankatu gives a glimpse of the cultural present with places such as the city library and iconic bars like Dynamo and Bar Ö.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
CC:TKU is a platform to be creative and to explore. Cultural experiences are very personal, and therefore writing about culture is always subjective. We want to promote this versatility by recognising different voices and allowing various writing styles, collecting them all together. In this way we can explore these experiences to see, hear, feel, smell and taste the cultural excitement of this city. I am convinced that by sharing these cultural experiences and talking to the people that make this city exciting we can create a strong cultural community that can support local culture. Therefore we invite anyone to join the collective because we want to hear your cultural experiences!

Roos' articles for CC:TKU cover topics such as DocTurku, Food & Fun, HALMESMAA x3, Letterpress House and ILMIÖ.

Photo of Roos taken by Anni Savolainen.

    Joonas

Who are you?
Joonas Mäkivirta, 30, originally from Kokemäki (just listen to my dialect).

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Mostly ginger, a few tattoos.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
Find my favourite position: in the background. But it’s on the frontline as well. Splendid balancing: photography works just fine like this!

How did you fall in love with Turku?
You are always in the heart. If not, then just cycle 15 minutes.

What’s your favourite corner of Turku?
Pretty much everywhere between the golden hour and the blue moment.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
Learning. Sometimes this could be pioneering and some uncommon situations backstage, which is always a fun challenge.

Joonas has photographed for many CC:TKU articles, shooting subjects including Henri Laine, TYEMYY, Alvar, Kimi Kärki and Leipomo Gryn.

    Vehka

Who are you?
Vehka Liimatainen, 23, originally from Jyväskylä.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Appreciates beauty and ugliness alike.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
My main cultural interests circle around music and theatre, so I am looking forward to writing articles about those topics especially, although I do also hope to eventually broaden my horizons and cover topics I might not have even thought about delving into before.

How did you fall in love with Turku?
I moved here to study at the university in 2014, and was instantly captivated. I think it is very evident from its atmosphere that Turku is the oldest city in Finland, but that is not to say that it is by any means stale or stagnant. It is in fact the mixture of the historical atmosphere and the vibrant, modern culture here in Turku that continues to fascinate me.

What's your favourite interesting corner of Turku?
My favourite corner of Turku is the Itäharju industrial area. There are quite a few abandoned, empty warehouses and, strangely, even some buildings that seem to have been half-demolished for quite a while. I love to aimlessly wander among these. I tend to see stories everywhere I go, but especially desolate, abandoned places like that tickle my imagination. I delight in not knowing their history and trying to piece it together by myself.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
I view it as a chance to express myself, share my cultural experiences and hopefully connect with other people through doing so. I'm getting inspired to explore Turku and its cultural scene in new ways.

Vehka's interest in theatre has led her to write about the work of Turku Student Theatre for CC:TKU.

Photo of Vehka taken by Sara Harju.

    Emre

Who are you?
Emre Berberoglu, 26, originally from Turkey.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Music, basketball, food, gigs, beer.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
When I have the time I write articles / do interviews about the music scene in Turku.

How did you fall in love with Turku?
Love is a big word but after arriving in Turku we slowly got to know each other. After going out for a couple of dates we decided to make it official. But still, we are in an open relationship because I also have some other cities in my heart.

What’s your favourite corner of Turku?
I’m a big fan of Kirjakahvila. Especially during those warm summer days when you can enjoy your beer / coffee / tea sitting in the yard.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
I feel like CC:TKU is a project that developed from a necessity. People living in Turku were seeking an English-language magazine that focusses on cultural happenings in Turku. For me CC:TKU is the answer to that necessity and it's a way to discover the hidden gems of the city.

Emre has previously written about TYEMYY and Turku Modern for CC:TKU.

    Nichole

Who are you?
Nichole Starkman, 31, originally from Minnesota, USA.

Describe yourself in 5 words.
Sassy, spunky, sarcastic, proud Minnesotan.

What do you do at CC:TKU?
I write articles. I plan to dabble in whatever I find interesting, but my passion in life is food, so I'll be writing articles about some of the best food-related hidden gems in Turku.

How did you fall in love with Turku?
I fell in love with Turku after falling in love with a Turkulainen (which seems to be a common story!). We met while studying in the same university in the US. He convinced me to move to Finland with him and the rest is history! I love Turku because the town in Minnesota where I'm from, Duluth, is located on the largest freshwater lake in the world- Lake Superior. It's so massive, you can't even see to the other side, so I feel like I grew up on a coast. I love being near the river, the sea, hearing seagulls and watching the ships. It makes me feel at home.

What’s your favourite corner of Turku?
My balcony! I'm lucky enough to have a great view of the riverside and I can spend hours sitting there people watching and sipping coffee.

What does the CC:TKU project mean to you?
I was so excited to find CC:TKU because I love this city and plan to make it my forever-home. I'm always looking for things to do and places to go. My Finnish is still a work in progress, so it's great to have a resource in English. I have also loved being able to connect with other immigrants who have decided to make Turku their home.

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