#OURSEA events 2020-2021

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, 2020 – 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.

Moomin at Maritime museum
6.3.2020, Stockholm

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.

National Museum: Courage, Freedom, Love!
14.8.2020 – 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.

Wasa teater: The invisible child
Premiers on September 5th

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.
Ticket can be bought here.

DigiBARN fair 23-27.10

DigiBARN is an online, free of charge fair with fun programme for the whole family. By registering you’ll get a free admission ticket with access to lectures, unique shopping and Moominous activities such as books and videos, as well as information about the #OURSEA campaign.
Visit digibarn.se

Events in November


Bokkalaset in Ekenäs

Bokkalaset in Ekenäs is a meeting point for friends of literature that this year celebrates it’s 20th anniversary with the theme Memories.
As part of their collaboration with the #OURSEA campaign, Bokkalaset has put up an exhibition that illuminates Tove Janssons life in the archipelago. The exhibition is shown at Galleri Perspektivet at Ekenäs library during the month of November.

Visit Bokkalaset’s website (in Swedish).

Year 2021




Events in February


Emma Klingenberg: Tove Jansson – The Lyricist.
February 27th, Jakobstad

Emma Klingenberg has studied Tove Jansson’s lyrics for quite some time and she finally presented her findings in the form of a concert in Svenska Teatern in Helsinki. Now she is planning on taking the concert further north, to the city of Jakobstad.

Buy your tickets
Further reading

Events in April


ProMartat: Rubbish picking day.
17.4.2021, 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


Events in May


Skolmusik 2021, Jakobstad.
May 6-8.

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.

Child Fair, Messukeskus.
7 – 9.5.2021

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 June


Midsummer Madness
21.6.2021, Töölö Bay

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.

Events in July


Tove Jansson – The lyricist.
Maritime Centre Vellamo
31th of July, 2021

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.

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.

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

Me, the Baltic Sea and climate change – Actions instead of anxiety.
8.6.2020 from 17:30 – 18:30

The Baltic Sea is in critical condition and climate change is pushing on. Nevertheless, there are many ways of slowing down climate change and at the same time help the Baltic Sea recuperate. What is the individual’s role in all of this?
The event is held in Finnish and will be streamed from central library Oodi.
Follow the livestream here.

Moomin City, Örebro

During the summer of 2020 Moomin will take on the streets of Örebro! Around the city Moomins 75 year anniversary and the #OURSEA campaign will be visibly present through pop-up shops, donation boxes and Moominous programme. Drottninggatan will be transformed into a nicely decorated Moomin street with fun content for all ages.

Photo: ©Mediahuset Finemanget.

Arvamusfestival, Paide, Estonia.
14 – 15.8.2020

Arvamusfestival is being arranged on a smaller scale this year, however, there’s still some Moominous programme in store at the children’s area! Moomin and Little My will be visiting and putting on musical performances two times a day between the 14th and 15th, as well as hosting meet & greets where children can acquaint themselves with the characters and take memorable photos.

Moomin and #OURSEA at Vaxholm’s Citadel
18.6 – 31.8.2020

Starting on June 18th, the citadel in Vaxholm will feature a Moominous twist. In the bistro there will be a pop-up shop selling Moomin products with proceeds going to the #OURSEA campaign and connecting to the bistro you will find a playroom where children can craft, draw, go on an adventure walk or cosy up with some pillows in front of a TV.

Exhibition in Sanomahouse Hallway gallery
August 10-3oth, 2020

Picture: Eva Roos

As part of the #OURSEA campaign Johanna Sandin and Eva Roos will be displaying their artwork in a joint exhibition in Sanomahouse. Eva Roos’ exhibition Sensations by the sea combines nature photographs with quotes from Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories, while Johanna Sandin’s exhibition Washed Ashore consists of pictures of plastic rubbish that she has collected along the shores of Hankoo. The exhibition will be opened by Sophia Jansson, the artistic director at Moomin Characters, followed by a presentation of the campaign by Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, commissioner at John Nurminen Foundation.
The exhibition opening will take place online on Thursday, 13.8 at 17:00. Participate in the opening by following this link.

Eva Roos’ exhibition can be found here
Johanna Sandin’s exhibition can be found here.

Virtual Baltic Sea Day carnival
27th of August 2020, from 9-20 o’clock.

During the Baltic Sea day there will be a selection of Moominous activities for all ages. The Moomin Museum in Tampere, Finland will arrange a guided tour of the exhibition Moomins and the Sea that will be live-streamed on their Facebook channel at 18:00, Kuntsi museum in Vaasa will arrange loud-readings from Moomin books in both Finnish and Swedish, as well as an open workshop with fun activities for all ages.
Lectures from field experts and loud-readings from Moomin books will help inform us on how we together can help protect #OURSEA. The day will end with a movie night, showing episodes from the award winning
Moominvalley -series in English, Finnish, Swedish and Sami.
The programme will be streamed online through the Helsinki-channel, helsinkikanava.fi
Read more

#OURSEA Adventure day, Naantali independence park
19.9.2020 from 11 – 14 o’clock.

The #OURSEA Adventure day is a free of charge event with fun things to do for the whole family! On the premises you’ll find various missions and challenges relating to the Baltic Sea; such as spotting and recognizing wild fish as well as fast paced trash-sorting competitions. On the Baltic Sea-scene the Moomins will put on an interactive dance show! During the day you’ll also get to experience how it feels to walk on the bottom of the ocean with dry clothes!
The Facebook event can be found here.

Funnys Äventyr opening in Malmö

The brand new adventure centre Funnys Äventyr focuses on familiar stories and characters from Nordic children’s literature and is also host to Sweden’s first Moomin shop-in-shop!
Get acquainted with Funnys Äventyr.

Helsinki book fair goes digital
22.10 from 11:00 – 11:30

At the Helsinki digital book fair there are some interactive activities arranged in celebration of the Moomins 75th anniversary. You can try out a Moominous exercise routine and sing a karaoke version of the #OURSEA song. The programme culminates in a loud-reading of Tove Jansson’s heart warming story The Invisible child.

The programme is arranged in Finnish.
Read more about Helsinki Book Fair