Thursday 4.7.

On the opening day of The Tall Ships Races Helsinki 2024, a diverse program will be offered: live music, maritime stories, expert talks, and activities for children and youth.

Lasten uutisten puisto 11:00-18:00 (Childrens’ area)

The Lasten uutisten puisto is a cheerful green oasis in the middle of the event area for children and adults alike! You can find it at the intersection of Satamakatu and Kanavakatu, next to Uspenski Cathedral.

Workshop Area

Skidit työpajat

Lasten uutisten lava (stage)

Taikuri Kari (childrens’ magician)

Taikuri Kari (childrens’ magician)

Mimmit Duo

Other Activities in the Lasten uutisten puisto

TipTop Walkers


Street Stage 11:00-18:15

Over four days, the Street Stage will feature a variety of stylish atmospheres. Serving as the lounge stage for the restaurant area, this small stage will delight with a diverse lineup from local talents and international jazz artists and cool DJ’s. Interesting maritime stories will also be presented on the stage!

Maritime stories by Luontoliitto and the John Nurminen Foundation:

Noora Shingler interviewing Annukka Pekkarinen
“The Arctic and Antarctic from a sailor’s perspective – what are the differences between the North and the South?”

Noora Shingler interviewing Aino Huotari

Noora Shingler interviewing diving club divers Otto Kallaja and Sergey Ichtchenko

Noora Shingler interviewing sailor Ari Huusela

Live Music:

Olli Soikkeli Trio

Trio Banda Caribe Helsinki


The Event Square (Helsinki City Hall ) 11:00-16:30

At the Event Square located in the lobby of Helsinki City Hall, topical and expert-led talks will be held on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of July. The program will feature experts, civic activists, and researchers discussing constructive solutions. Additionally, the program includes a photography exhibition by Justus Järnefelt on the media wall, informative videos by SYKE, and tips from the John Nurminen Foundation on saving the Baltic Sea. The program will be hosted by journalist and enthusiastic Baltic Sea protector Tom Nylund. The talks will also be broadcast live on Helsinki-kanava.

At the City Hall Lobby one can find an educational “Treasures of the Sea” (Meren aarteet) board game for the youngest family members, which even older folks will enjoy! Board game is from the Finnish Environment Institute.

“Sustainable Future in Successful Business”

Extinction Talk (and what comes after)
Extinction Rebellion Finland

Panel Discussion: The Transition to Sustainability Calls, Are You In?
Nani Pajunen, Senior Specialist, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Valtteri Moilanen, Expert, Fossil-Free Finland Campaign

What is the Future of Plastic in Sustainable Business?
Kati Kauppi, Project Manager, BaltiPlast Project, City of Helsinki

Vision & Sustainability Roadmap for Sustainable Boating in the Baltic Sea Region
Jūlija Jaunrodziņa, Marketing Specialist, BaltSusBoating 2030:


Helsinki City Museum 11:00-19:00

As part of The Tall Ships Races Helsinki event, the The Eco-Crisis, Our Future and Mental Health -project will organize an Ilmastokahvila (Climate Cafe) and a Huolituoli-reception, where you can discuss climate issues and share your thoughts with trained guides.

Helsinki Youth Services will organize DJ Academy Helsinki workshops on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of July, offering an easy introduction to DJ equipment and music playing.

DJ Academy Helsinki Workshop

DJ Academy Helsinki Workshop


13:00-17:00 (start times)

Worries on your mind? Huolituoli-appointments available from June 20th! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT HERE.


Event Area 11:00-22:00

Research Vessel Aranda open for public
“Säröjä” AV installation (Inside Research Vessel Aranda)

11:00-20:00 Exhibition area (Keisarinluodonlaituri)
Luontoliitto and John Nurminen Foundation Presentation Booth
Muoviton Meri -campaign
Roskapolku -start
HSY presentation point

Other performers

TipTop Walkers

Acrobat Rae Reinvall


Crew Program on Thursday 4th July

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of The Tall Ships Races Helsinki 2024 will take place on Thursday from 11:55-12:01. During this time, the bells of Helsinki Cathedral will ring across the city, warmly welcoming the youth sailors and their magnificent ships. Following this solemn moment, the ships will respond by ringing their own bells and horns, greeting the city and its residents – celebrating the experience and spirit of adventure brought by the youth sailing competition.