Retreat participants presenting their work at the ABOAGORA 2022 main event “Wind”. Photo: Pekko Vasantola.

The Aboagora Retreat (previously called the Aboagora Pre-symposium) offers Doctoral Researchers in all fields and MA Arts Students a momentary pause in habitual patterns and processes of practice – to share, listen and reflect attentively together. It implies also retreat from the conventions of boundary-making between disciplines and epistemologies, in order to nurture an ecology of practices. It is a great opportunity to converse with artists and researchers from different fields and backgrounds, and a prospect for new collaborations!

The retreat is organized annually right before the main event, and it is structured around talks and workshops addressing issues and topics related to Aboagora’s theme for the year.

In addition to the retreat, the selected participants attend the Aboagora main event at the Sibelius Museum in Turku and discuss their work in a joint panel session.

The theme for Aboagora 2024 is “Mars, the Bringer of War.” The call for applications for the retreat will be published on this page in February.


With any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at aboagora@utu.fi.


Information on previous Aboagora Pre-symposia is available through the links below: