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European Maritime Day 2016 in Turku!

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European Maritime Day is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action.

EMD 2016 was organised in cooperation with the City of Turku and the Finnish government. It took place in an old locomotive hall called Logomo in Turku, Finland, on 18 and 19 May 2016.

This year EMD focused on the theme of "Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions".  More specifically it looked at identifying and highlighting the practical steps needed to drive blue growth investments, as well as innovation and change in the blue economy.

The EMD 2016 conference and exhibition offered a dynamic networking environment for 1200 participants as well as structured opportunities for mutual exchange and debate through 20 stakeholder workshops, 5 thematic sessions and 2 'Leadership Exchange' panels. The event included 66 matchmaking meetings, a networking village with more than 30 exhibitors, a photo competition of more than 600 entries, site visits, a classical concert, an art project on marine litter and two days of public events around maritime themes in Turku (20-22 May).

Photos from the event

 

© Photo from the  European Maritime Day in Turku

During the closing session of the EMD 2016 in Turku a video was screened that documented an exclusive art project by students from Turku filmed during the Clean Beach event in April 2016.

At the end of April 2016, the cities of Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn and St. Petersburg each organized a Clean Beach event as a part of their cooperation in the Baltic Sea Challenge. The Clean Beach event welcomed volunteers to clean up their communities and shores of the Baltic Sea. A significant part of this simultaneous joint event was the marine litter art project. During the cleaning day, the participants in all four cities collected garbage and debris from the shores and the sea and turned them into environmental art installations. All of the art installations created during the event were photographed and compiled into a digital exhibition that were shown on one of the screens of the Networking Village. The project was curated by Finnish artist Kristiina “Tikke” Tuura, who is known for making use of abandoned and found objects in her art, especially those found in the sea.

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EMD 2016 in Turku

 

 

 

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