The European Maritime Day is celebrated in Turku 18–22 May 2016. A grand maritime benefit concert for the protection of the Archipelago Sea starts the weekend. The stage will be lit by the brightest stars of Finnish opera.

The European Maritime Day

  • The aim of the annual Maritime Day is to emphasize the great importance of the maritime environment and the maritime economic activity for Europe.
  • The European Maritime day, or EMD, has been held since 2008 always around May 20 based on the decision of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
  • The EMD conference 2016 will be held in Logomo, Turku, 18–19 May.
  • The EMD public programme continues through the whole weekend, May 20–22, located around Forum Marinum.

The concert will be held in front of the Suomen Joutsen ship in the unique milieu of the River Aura on Friday, May 20, at 18.00. The profits from the concert are directed through the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea into practical projects that improve the condition of the sea.

The free-of-charge concert is organized by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Turku Music Festival in co-operation with the City of Turku. Soloists comprise mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, bass Matti Salminen, and baritone Waltteri Torikka. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Leif Segerstram. The artists participate in the concert for free and in this way contribute to the conservation of the sea.

We must remind ourselves and others of the uniqueness and importance of nature to us.
Waltteri Torikka

- The Archipelago Sea must be conserved. It represents the Finnish nature at its best and is a magnificent and unique culmination of Finnish nature, a gem of Southern Finland. In order to keep Finland clean from the archipelago to Lapland amid the madness of the market economy and consumption, we must remind ourselves and others of the uniqueness and importance of nature to us, baritone Waltteri Toikka states.

Funds for practical conservation projects through the concert

The charity concert is free of charge, but the aim is to collect as much funds for practical conservation work as possible. Private persons, businesses, and communities can support the conservation work by purchasing a plate carrying the buyers name on Stefan Lindfors’ Symbiosis sculpture. Each plate is attached as a permanent part to the large environmental artwork which is located close to the concert venue. Artist Stefan Lindfors will be welding the plates to the sculpture on the spot. The profits from the plates are used for water pollution control initiatives in the Archipelago Sea area.

Plates for companies cost 1,000–5,000 euros and for private persons 75–250 euros. The names of companies that donated will be announced in the concert and in media. Alternative ways to participate in the charity are to donate via a text message or by paying any amount you wish directly to the account of the Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea.

The organizers of the concert will invite the donors who donated over 1,000 euros to follow the concert on board Suomen Joutsen and to the thank-you soirée after the concert.

Further information about the donations:

Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea:

  • Executive Manager Salla-Maria Lauttamäki, Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea, tel. +358 (0)40 556 5426

  • Symbiosis web store:

Further information about the concert and the soirée on Suomen Joutsen:
Sari Haavisto, Public Relations Coordinator in the City of Turku, tel. +358 (0)50 559 171, sari.haavisto(a)

Mention the campaign code “EMD 2016” when you donate or make a purchase.

The Centrum Balticum foundation’s Protection Fund for the Archipelago Sea, fundraising permit POL-2014-2116 for the period between 1 Jan 2014 and 30 Sep 2016 in continental Finland, 15 Sep 2014.