#OURSEA events 2020

Ongoing events


Maretarium: Tove and the allure of the sea
– end of 2020

As a part of the collaboration regarding the #OURSEA-campaign, the Kotka-based museum Maretarium has set up an exhibition which focuses on Tove’s life in the Finnish archipelago. The exhibition is displayed until the end of 2020.
Further reading and tickets.

Tampere Moomin Museum: Moomin’s sea exhibition.
February 15 – January 31, 2021

It is common knowledge that Tove Jansson drew inspiration from the Baltic Sea. Tampere Moomin Museum takes a look at the Moomins’ nature-loving lifestyle through a selection of Jansson’s original illustrations, featuring images of the Moomin characters embarking on adventurous sea voyages and enjoying picnics on rocky shores.

The exhibition is open to the public between 15.2.2020 – 31.1.2021.
More information.

Emma Klingenberg: Tove Jansson – The Lyricist.
February 28 – April 4.

Emma Klingenberg has studied Tove Jansson’s lyrics for quite some time, and now she can finally present her findings in the form of a concert. The premiere takes place at Svenska Teatern in Helsinki on the 28th of February 2020.

Buy your tickets
Further reading

Events in March


6.3 Moomin at Maritime museum 2020

On the 6th of March Maritime museum is opening a family trail in co-operation with Moomin Characters and John Nurminen Foundation where you can follow Moomin illustrations through the museum and learn about the Baltic Sea, it’s preservation and life at sea. Here you can donate money, follow the campaign and see where the money is going.

Due to Covid-19 the Maritime museum have postponed their program activities until April 30th. Read more here.

Events in April


ProMartat: Rubbish picking day.
25.4, 12 o’clock, Seurasaari.

The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas across the globe but by combining our efforts there is still hope in saving #OURSEA.

ProMartat are partaking in the #OURSEA-campaign and as part of the collaboration they are organising a rubbish picking day at Seurasaari where members and friends are invited. For more information and registration, please email promartat@hotmail.com


April 25 – 26, Malmömässan.

At the underBARA BARN -fair the #OURSEA-campaign will be visibly showcased at our booth with banners, signs and fundraising boxes, encouraging children to help save the sea. Visitors will also have the possibility to buy #OURSEA-related products at the Pop-up store as well as partake in an #OURSEA-show.

Events in May



Skolmusik 2020, Jakobstad.
May 5-7.

As part of the Moomins 75-year anniversary, Moomin Characters have given the organisers access to previously unreleased texts by the author Tove Jansson. The theme for this year’s Skolmusik is the ocean and the environment and Tove’s texts that have been set to music tell about the sea and her passion about it. The newly composed songs are part of a repertoire consisting of eleven pieces that are going to be performed by pupils during the event.

Events in June


Midsummer Madness, Töölö Bay.
June 19 – 20, 19 o’clock.

Starting on Midsummer Eve afternoon and continuing throughout the night, you will get to experience firsthand how Moomin tales, Finnish culture and Midsummer traditions are intertwined. Midsummer Madness showcases music and performing arts from all around Europe with the main venue being a floating stage in the middle of Töölö Bay.  The Midsummer Eve afternoon is filled with things to do and see for the whole family while the evening programme is for adults, in the spirit of Moominpappa’s adventures.
The mainland in Hesperia park hosts different activities, workshops and installations that encourage visitors to explore Finnish culture and way of life.
Further reading.

Round Gotland Offshore Race.
28.6 – 1.7

At Round Gotland around 250 boats will set sail towards the Baltic Sea and this year the #OURSEA campaign is participating under its own flag. There will be campaign products for sale at a pop-up boutique as well as a Moomin show followed by a meet & greet opportunity.
More information.

Events in July


Tove Jansson – The lyricist.
25.7, 19 o’clock, Maritime Centre Vellamo

After extensive research in Tove Jansson’s poems, Emma Klingenberg will for the first time present her finds in Finnish. Accompanied by the pianist Ralf Nyqvist, the duo is set to perform next to Toves Victoria-boat in the Maritime Centre Vellamo’s boathall.
Ticket release and more information to be announced.
Read more about Vellamo.

Events in August


National Museum: Courage, Freedom, Love!
14.8 – 28.2.2021

75 years ago Tove Jansson created the Moomin characters but the values conveyed through the stories – friendship, love, respect towards nature, adventurous desire, equality, freedom and courage – are to this day present in society. The National Museums exhibition, which opens on August 14th is a magical venture into the way of life and philosophy of the Moomins. The illustrations and quotes are based off of Tove Jansson’s original work.
Read more.

Child Fair, Messukeskus.
21 – 23.8

The #OURSEA-campaign is participating in the Child Fair, at our department you will find a vivid sea-experience and when diving behind the seaweed you will find out how we together can save #OURSEA.

Events in September


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Wasa Teater: The invisible child

The story of The Invisible Child tells about Ninni who has turned invisible after being treated poorly. The care received by the Moominfamily slowly turns her visible again. The Invisible Child  is a play about alienation and about being seen. Wasa Teaters production of the play is a touring puppet show. The tour is set during the fall of 2020 in kindergartens around Ostrobothnia and features the actress Susanne Marins.


Pop up Moomin Museum: Moomins and the Sea
9 – 13.9 HabiKids 2020

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Let’s set sail with the Moomins! Habi Kids, the Habitare area for children and families, transforms into an exciting Moomin sea landscape in 2020. There families can, among other things, row to a lighthouse and relax on the beach in Moomin style. With the navigational chart you can find your way to the mysterious lighthouse.  What might one find there?

Pop up Moomin Museum wants to turn Habi Kids into a small haven in the middle of Habitare, where children and adults alike can escape the stress for a moment. “You can take a break on the cliffs or even have a picnic”, says producer Minna Honkasalo from the Moomin Museum.
Read more.

Events in October


Mummi Bok & Bolle
10.10, Cappelen Damm, Norway.

“Mummi Bok & Bolle”, a Moomin event arranged by Cappelen Damm. There will be loud readings from Moomin books, meet & greet opportunities as well as other activities. By purchasing your ticket you are supporting the #OURSEA-campaign.

More events will be announced soon.

Past events


Moominvalley celebrates!
February 2, 13-16 o’clock.

The Moomin’s 75 year anniversary will be celebrated all year round in different ways – among them is the Moominvalley celebrates! – event where the two first episodes of the upcoming season of the Moominvalley-series will be shown nationally. The main event will take place in Tennispalatsi, Helsinki on February 2nd, 2020.
Aside from the preview screening you will also get the chance to meet some of the characters and draw them a birthday-card.

By purchasing your ticket you are supporting the #OURSEA-campaign.

Tickets can be bought here.

Boat Fair, Helsinki.
February 7-16.

Come and get acquainted with the #OURSEA-campaign at the Helsinki Boat Fair!
You will find a vivid sea experience at our department 7h128.
Saturday 8.2 there will be a short #OURSEA-programme aimed towards kids and on Sunday 16.2 Moominpappa and Snufkin will be greeting families.

#OURSEA at Meeting Point. Keskuskatu 1
February 29, at 12 o’clock.

A discussion around the Baltic sea, its current condition and the future of it will be discussed.
Taking part in the discussion is Annamari Arrakoski-Enghard who is representing the John Nurminen Foundation and Seppo Knuuttila who is a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE.
This program is in Finnish only.

Tove Jansson-festival, Museum of Photography.
March 7, 09.00 – 20.00 o’clock.

The world’s first Tove-festival will be arranged on Saturday, March 7th, at the Museum of Photography, Stockholm.  The festival is sold-out but you can participate in the programme through a live-stream via www.forlaget.com. Among the guests are Anne Holt, David Lagercrantz, Linda Bondestam and Kaj Korkea-Aho. Mark Levengood will be hosting the programme.


Allt för Sjön, Stockholmsmässan.
March 7 – 11.

The Swedish launch of the #OURSEA-campaign at the Baltic Sea seminar together with John Nurminen Foundation.
There will be a customised #OURSEA stand to showcase the campaign, a pop up store with #OURSEA products, children activities and the premiere of Junior Productions special #OURSEA show.


Umeå Littfest: Tove and the sea.
March 14, 11.30 – 12.30 o’clock, Idun.

The Moomintroll’s 75-year anniversary is celebrated with an aim towards the sea. Moominpappa and the sea is published as a new edition and during Littfest some Tove Jansson-knowers will gather round a discussion about the sea, dreams and loneliness. The host and author Mark Levengood, who has also recorded the Moomin-series as audiobooks, will be moderating a discussion between the author Monica Fagerholm and the director and author Milja Sarkola.


Umeå Children’s littfest.
15.3, Storgatan 46, Umeå.

At the Children’s littfest you will find a variety of Moomin-related activities: a loud-reading from Tove Jansson’s book The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, crafts and a Moomin Meet & Greet as well as a screening of three episodes from the Moominvalley-series which has never before been shown in Sweden. The event is free of charge.
More information.