Photo: Jukka Nurminen

Sustainability is at the core of our values in the Archipelago Sea Jazz festival series: we protect the environment and strive for inclusion and diversity.

Our environmental pledge

Protecting the Baltic Sea is at the core of the Archipelago Sea Jazz festival series’ values. We want to make an impact on the well-being of the environment both locally and the whole Baltic Sea area by promoting the archipelago’s turism and producing cultural services sustainably.

We aim to avoid excessive driving and commute primarily with public transportation. We also ask the artists and audience to do so too. We encourage our artists to contemplate more sustainable tour models. 

We help our audience, artists and employers to make more environmentally friendly choices also regarding food by compiling restaurant entirety as versatile as possible concerning sustainable alternatives on our festivals. 

We favor sustainable, ecological and multiple-use materials as well as borrowed and rented products. We order moderate amounts of printed materials, and our products are being used and sold during several years. Materials and products are bought from environmental certified service providers. Waste recycling is optimized in our offices and events.

We invest on environmental themes especially on our social media channels, and encourage our customers to contemplate their carbon footprint also in their daily lives. We utilize collaboration with our environmental partners, such as the John Nurminen Foundation and Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association on protection of the Archipelago Sea.

EcoCompass Certificate

For us in the Archipelago festival series environmental responsibility means concrete actions in our operations. We are committed to saving natural resources and increasing the positive impact on the environment. As a proof of this, we have been awarded the EcoCompass Certificate

The Baltic Sea

The safeguarding of the Baltic Sea is one of our top priorities at Archipelago Sea Jazz. We want to be involved in the wellbeing of the environment both locally and in the entire Baltic Sea region. We want to foster sustainable and environmentally friendly archipelago tourism and cultural production and we receive expert guidance from The John Nurminen Foundation and the Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association. You can support their vital work in many different ways, read on for more information!

The Archipelago Sea is both beautiful and unique, but it is also vulnerable. In the 360°-video below you have the opportunity to see what an unique environment we are protecting. Experience a sunny jazz day in the archipelago by dragging your mouse or using VR-glasses!

In the video you will see material from the project Meren Maa by the John Nurminen Foundation.

  • Turku Jazz Orchestra: Korpo Waltz – Archipelago Sea Jazz Theme 
  • Composition: Jussi Fredriksson 
  • Arrangement: Artturi Rönkä 
  • Video: Timo Korkalainen / CTRL Reality

The John Nurminen Foundation – Baltic Sea protection and cultural achievements​

The John Nurminen Foundation’s mission is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations. The Foundation implements concrete Baltic Sea protection measures that bring results, and ensures that the stories of the sea are passed on to future generations. The Foundation’s work is guided by measurable results and impact with the sole goal of benefitting the Baltic Sea. 

One of the most serious environmental problems of the Baltic Sea is eutrophication, caused by excessive phosphorus and nitrogen loads in the sea. The Foundation implements concrete measures that reduce this nutrient load and has launched almost 40 Clean Baltic Sea projects, of which 25 have been completed. By treating the wastewaters of St. Petersburg and reducing the discharges from the fertilizer factory by the river Luga alone, the annual eutrophicating phosphorus load of the Gulf of Finland has, together with other stakeholders, been successfully reduced by as much as 75 %.

Photo: Jukka Nurminen

Ongoing Clean Baltic Sea projects minimize the volume of nutrients that enters the watercourses and the Baltic Sea by reducing the nutrient load and industrial discharges from e.g. biogas plants and the fertilizing industry as well as using gypsum treatment of fields as a water improvement measure. Phosphorus already accrued in the sea is removed through e.g. fishing and by mapping out new methods that reduce the internal load of the Baltic Sea. ​The Clean Baltic Sea team also actively monitors already completed purification projects in Russia, Belarus and Poland that the Foundation has either realized or invested in. 

The Foundation has also received awards for its work as a disseminator of information and a producer of marine cultural content. The Foundation has published over 40 books that tell the stories of the sea as well as organized various exhibitions and events. In 2019, the Foundation launched the Baltic Sea Day – an annual day of celebration to honor the sea.​Making people aware of the stories of the sea and its history is important because it makes it easier to understand why our unique Baltic Sea must be protected.​

The state of the Baltic Sea is not a local environmental problem – it affects all inhabitants and operators in the Baltic Sea region. A clean and diverse sea that you can swim in benefits us all. 

Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association – working towards a cleaner archipelago since 1969

The Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association originates from the Archipelago Sea, where it was established in 1969 when islanders became concerned about the littering of the shorelines. Since then, the Association has worked for a cleaner archipelago, lakes and shoreline, and today, the services of the association can be found in almost every major Finnish waterway. 

The aim of the Association is to promote sustainable opportunities for recreational boating. The Association’s Roope services, intended primarily for boaters and campers, include stations for waste recycling and disposal, dishwashing, sewage pumpout and dry toilets. Having these services in order equals less unnecessary strain on the environment and promotes more sustainable behavior in the archipelago. The financing for the Association is comprised primarily of membership fees, donations and support from the Ministry of the Environment. 

In the Archipelago Sea area there are 37 Rubbish Seal stations in addition to 15 floating sewage pumpout stations. The stations are serviced by M/S Roope – a service vessel designed specifically for archipelago waste management. The Association’s service vessels can also be found in the Saimaa region, Lake Päijänne, and the Gulf of Botnia. ​​

The Association actively looks for solutions to navigate the waters and operate harbors in an environmentally friendly and respectful way.​ The Association is and has been involved in many projects that combat marine and freshwater littering, introduce alternatives to antifouling paints and tackle the problems caused by eutrophication by expanding the network of sewage and pumpout facilities as well as initiating the collection of bio waste from islands. 

The Associations has also launched the beach cleanup and litter collection program “Clean Beach” that anyone can participate in. This year a Clean Beach – Sponsor School Program was launched for schools that want to increase their litter education. 

LGBTQ+ welcoming festival series

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Archipelago Sea Jazz is a member in We Speak Gay, a community of open minded companies and events that are welcoming to LGBTQ+ customers creating a safe atmosphere in which you can feel valued and respected. We are against racism and all kinds of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia.

We are committed to inclusion and want to embrace diversity. You’ll find us and other LGBTQ+ -friendly events and organizations in Finland on Gay Travel Finland webpage.

We are also a member in IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association. IGLTA was founded in 1983 and is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses. 

IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ+ -friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, events and travel media located in 80 countries.

The mission of IGLTA is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.

We warmly welcome everyone to enjoy Archipelago Sea Jazz events!
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