Svartöstaden, just south of Luleå, is an old working class district with a historical shanty town settlement. Svartöstaden is now the most well preserved shanty town in the country.
Because of the industries, including the steelworks, located between the district and central Luleå, Svartöstaden has retained its own distinct character. Folket hus (the People's house) in Svartöstaden - Blackis - will be the venue for the biennial's conference during the closing weekend.
By car, drive south from central Luleå via Svartövägen. By bus take line 7 to the stop Laxgatan.