Hangö Teaterträff is an annual festival where performing arts are presented, experienced, discussed and developed. The festival is one of the main events within the Swedish-language theatre of Finland, connecting the local, international, traditional and experimental. It is a gathering of performing arts in the small town of Hanko in the unique archipelago of the southernmost point of mainland Finland.
Thus rang the invitation for the first Hangö Teaterträff in 1992, a small-scale meeting point for theatre professionals and enthusiasts. The festival was first founded by artist Antonia Ringbom and director Joakim Groth. In 1993, Erik "Miki" Pöysti became on of the organisers and led the festival with Antonia Ringbom for over two decades along with a board with varying members. During the festival's 25th year in 2016, Antonia and Miki announced that they would step down from the festival's management. During the following autumn meeting, a new board consisting of producers Jonas Welander and Annina Blom, director Anni Klein, playwright Sinna Virtanen and actors Kira-Emmi Pohtokari, Tom Rejström and Rasmus Slätis was chosen.
After the 28th festival, a reform took place in the organisation's structure: Anni Klein, Tom Rejström and Jonas Welander became the artistic directors for 2020-2022, and the 2019-2020 board now consists of Annika Tudeer (chairperson), Ville Sandqvist, Nina Gran, Juha-Heikki Tihinen, Jon Lindström, Kira-Emmi Pohtokari and Annina Blom.