Summer Waterfront agile event-organizing concept expands

Helsinki and Espoo encourage their citizens to organize events on the city waterfronts during the summer of 2017, in accordance with the Rantakesä – Summer Waterfront – concept, which was launched in Helsinki in the summer of 2015. The concept is joined by Espoo this year.

Report your event on a map and adhere to the event etiquette

What’s exceptional about Summer Waterfront in terms of event organizing is that events only need to be reported on a digital map and that the organizers only commit themselves to adhering to the event etiquette. These measures replace the normal permitting process. The programme of events is coordinated by Yhteismaa ry, which is known for other communal happenings such as the Cleaning Day recycling festival, outdoor dining events and the Nifty Neighbour neighbourhood social media.

For this summer, 19 sites have been reserved on Helsinki and Espoo waterfronts for events. Information on the sites and events as well as instructions to organizers and attendants can be found on Rantakesa.fi. The events are also reported on this website. The events must be free for all and free of charge. Disorderly or commercial events are not accepted.

“Anyone can organize events, which can be of diverse nature. Events so far have included an Indian fest, bands, meditation, a crawfish party, a naked swimming party, moonlight dancing and flea markets,” says Tanja Jänicke of Yhteismaa, who invented the concept.

“We decided together with the Helsinki City Planning Department to find a method to allow people in Helsinki to enjoy summer all along the Helsinki shoreline from east to west,” she says. Others in the Helsinki city administration were excited with the idea, and the police and rescue services were favourable it.

“The idea was so good that we wanted to help the effort to make it come true. I hope that people become excited to utilize this unique opportunity. The event concept is a bold experiment even on the national scale and shows trust in city residents,” says Päivi Munther, an expert in event organizing at the City of Helsinki Economic Development division.

Last summer saw more than 40 events organized on Helsinki waterfronts by residents. Espoo became interested in the concept and wanted to join.

“Espoo has a magnificent shoreline and a great deal of unused potential on it. The extension of the event concept to Espoo allows small-scale events to be held on our waterfronts. We are very happy with the good cooperation with Helsinki,” says Lea Rintala, who manages events and cultural services at the City of Espoo.

Events can be held from Helsinki Day to Espoo Day

Small and larger events can be held on the Helsinki and Espoo waterfronts on any day from 11 June to 27 August 2017, that is, from Helsinki Day to Espoo Day.

As necessary, Yhteismaa advises and assists event organizers in practical matters. However, every organizer is responsible for the organizing tasks themselves.

“We believe that when people are given the opportunity to utilize public space in meaningful ways, they also bear responsibility for this space that belongs to all of us,” Jänicke says confidently.

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