Mariehamn, the town that was named after Maria, the consort of Tsar Alexander II, is celebrating 150 eventful years. Much of the city’s historical heritage will be commemorated in exciting cultural events throughout 2011.You can also find out more by visiting the town’s museums.
At one point, the Åland shipping magnate Gustaf Erikson owned the largest fleet of sailing ships in the world. One of his ships was the Pommern, a magnificent four-masted barque which now serves as a museum ship. The Pommern was built in Glasgow in 1903. The English-language displays on board tell what life would have been like on a voyage from England to Australia.
The Night of Culture on 12 August is another terrific late-summer event. Enjoy the lively atmosphere in the streets on an evening filled with music, entertainment and fun activities for all ages, all round Mariehamn.
Music fans should check out the Voices for the Baltic concert on 13 August. It will feature Åland’s top singers on a musical journey through 150 years, including everything from opera to rock ’n’ roll. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Baltic Fund, a foundation that supports environmental investment throughout the Baltic region.
Mariehamn Days on 11–13 August is the time when everybody is welcome to celebrate our town. There will be entertainment, food and drink in Miramar Park in central Mariehamn.