Every summer, Kotka passes Maritime Festival - The largest summer festival in Finland. It starts in the last Thursday of July and lasts for four days.
Cat – Finnish town at the mouth of the river Kumiyoki (Kymijoki), Located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, near the Russian border. Distance from St. Petersburg to Kotka is only 279 km.
Celebration consists of several parts, spend it well in one of the most beautiful places in the city - a city port. This lovely set of activities, to plunge into the marine culture: concert program from the hard rock and reggae to classical music; many participants in the contest will gather sea songs; Marine jazz, выставки, street theater and a special holiday for children - Children's Maritime Festival. Конечно же, not do without marine market and tasting seafood dishes. Do berths moor many ships of the Baltic states, sailboats and yachts, and in these open days, all these ship can be visited.
History of the Maritime Festival in Kotka began in 1962 year, and today collects more 200 thousands of people from different countries, that get to the festival on their yachts, boats or trains and cars.
Celebration “Days of the Sea in Kotka” will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, which will be held in honor of the grand parade, and children's Maritime Festival, organized in the framework of the UNICEF, will celebrate already the 30th anniversary.
Music for Children will be performed by artists of all great and small. Each little guest of the festival will be able to participate in this festival as an artist, read from the stage singing a poem or song or showing his dancing skills. The festival is held games, Various rallies and street fabulous presentation.
Maritime Days in Kotka - family holiday, where everyone can find interesting occupation. You can start each morning with the traditional dishes of fresh seafood, in one of the many restaurants and cafes summer, schedule the program itself – Entrance to most events free. In memory of the festival will be minted its own coins. These days, along with the Maritime Festival, Kotka can take a walk in a pleasant landscaped park and breathe in the fresh breeze on the waterfront, go on boat trips along the Gulf of Finland, with a visit to the numerous islands of the archipelago, arrange a trip to the fishing village or extreme descent down the river Kymi.
Official site of the Festival: www.meripaivat.com