Kotka Maritime Festival 2019
Wed 28.7.2021 Time 00:00 - 22:00
Kantasatama, Tallinnankatu, Kotka
Kotka Maritime Festival (25. - 28.7.2019) is the the biggest summer festival in Finland and will commence with a parade on Thur 25 July in the city centre of Kotka. Festival will fill the streets of Kotka with people and great programme. The main arena of the festival is Kotka Old Port Kantasatama but other events are spread out around the city centre within a walking distance. Kotka Wooden Boat Fair and Children Maritime Festival will be also happening on Maritime week.
Programme at V2 areena:
Maritime Festival is where popular Finnish singers and bands come to perform. This year you will hear Kiihkeät tuulet: Mari Rantasila, Erin, Mira Luoti & Henrika, Nieminen, Vesta, Olavi Uusivirta, Anssi Kela, Spice Up Your Life -tribuutti, Atomirotta, Roope Salminen & Koirat, Tuure Kilpeläinen & Kaihon Karavaani, Elastinen.
See full programme of evening concerts and purchase ticket. Ticket prices starting at 39,90 euros.
Additional info: www.meripaivat.com
What is Maritime festival?
Annual Kotka Maritime festival is a city-wide festival that encompasses arts, music, sport and whole family fun (especially for families Children Maritime Festival is organized). It attracts around 200 000 visitors to hundreds of events around Kotka main island and nearby islands. The festival is over 50 years old and rooted in the sea and harbor culture. These days it offers a variety of activities and attracts families with children and people with roots and affiliation to Kotka and a huge crowd from Kymenlaakso and Uusimaa and greater Helsinki area.
One of the most popular activities is the parade that reminds a visitor of a carnival. In 2016 we have over 60 groups performing and presenting their talent. The parade is also the most popular feature of the festival and it marks the beginning of the event. Typically the parade watch around 20 000 people that gather among the streets and Kotka market place to cheer for their favorite performers.
Music is, of course, a large part of the festival. Maritime festival arena hosts popular Finnish music bands on Friday and Saturday. You can purchase tickets in advance on Internet or ion Maritime Center Vellamo.
Kotka is also the home and birth place for perhaps the best known Finnish song-lyrics author, Juha ‘Junnu’ Vainio. To pay respects for his musical heritage the Maritime festival organises ‘Yleisessä saunassa’ - a concert with probably the best house band in Finland, led by drummer Kalle Torniainen. Band then invites three singers to perform songs from Junnu Vainio’s portfolio.