Guide to the Baltic Sea Festival

Biography

August 21st – 29th 2017

Baltic Sea Festival – for inner and outer well-being Baltic Sea Festival was founded in 2003 by Michael Tydén former director of Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer and Valery Gergiev, conductor and director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

The Baltic Sea Festival operates in three main areas in order to create a better future for the Baltic Sea region. We believe that music can serve as a good platform, and that it can initiate discussions that can solve large and difficult questions. Environmental issues in the Baltic Sea can only be solved jointly. For such calls to be successful it requires good leaders who can get things done, and point out the right way.

Berwaldhallen, the concert hall of the Swedish Radio, offers world class classical music during the Baltic Sea Festival. Over the years, audiences in Berwaldhallen have been invited to performances by, among others, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Helsingfors Stadsorkester, Musica Vitae, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Choir, and conductors have included Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Susnna Mälkki,  Paavo Järvi, Daniel Harding and Peter Dijkstra. 
The opera, theatre, and festival director Peter Sellars has directed Oedipus Rex. Hillborgs Aeterna shows in music and film UN's sustainable 17 goals to transform our world. 

The environment in the Baltic Sea has deteriorated significantly. Large parts of the seabed are already dead, and it requires a stop of overfishing, reduced emissions, and clear guidelines for agriculture to save the Baltic Sea for future generations. One of the Baltic Sea Festival's major goals is to educate, create a debate around these issues for the future and highlight the measures to be taken. The difficult issues require strong leadership so that action will be taken as well as a democratic and long-term approach where profit and self-interest cannot prevail. An altruistic leadership is the only thing that can lead our region into the future. To create a bright future for our children, we need a unified Baltic Sea Region.

For full information please visit the Baltic Sea Festival site.