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Kuressaare Maritime Festival 2018

The 22nd Kuressaare Maritime Festival takes place on August 9-11, 2018, at Raiekivi säär and Kuressaare beach. The festival consists of the chamber of ideas, activities for children, the fair and folk programme.

The festival area includes street artists and the quiz is held. The Maritime stage hosts a colourful concert programme and the Beach stage has free concerts. Of course, there are lots of exciting and maritime activities, games and fun! The host of the day is charming and word-wise Marek Sadam. Entry to the area is free of charge.

The three-day festival will be opened on Thursday, August 9, with a grand opening ceremony at Maritime stage. The warm summer breeze and the symphony of the sea create the festival mood for the audience. Sofia Rubina and Siim Aimla's band make even the most humble Estonian sing along.

On the second night of the festival, Marko Matvere, Jaan Tätte and Liisi Koikson who haven't shared the stage for years in Saaremaa, are performing together.
After their circumnavigation, Marko and Jaan have not come together on one stage in Saaremaa! This time Marko Matvere's jubilee will be celebrated with a concert "50 rounds".
Laughter, easyness and longing are offered by Marek Sadam and the band Sadamasild, whose work has been also called musical therapy.

The concert programme of Friday will end with the audience's favourite Terminaator.
"For Terminator, Saaremaa has always been a special place - in addition to having spent all my childhood summers in Sõrve, the band has repeatedly organized camps in Saaremaa, written many songs and recorded new material. The audience of the last year's Maritime Festival gave a very warm welcome to Terminaator. The band enjoyed every single moment on the stage and we can't wait to perform again at this great event," said Jaagup Kreem.

On Saturday, August 11, Sõpruse Puiestee brings together rock'n'roll and disco.

"Sõpruse Puiestee comes to the festival wishing to offer the best music and entertainment. Some members of the ensemble have been students to Kuressaare schools and have their roots in Saaremaa. The concert includes some of the best and best-known songs of Sõpruse Puietee, "1905", "Rahu, ainult rahu", etc. In December 2017, we released a new album "Selle suve nägu" and the freshest songs of the ensemble can also be heard at the concert," says Mait Vaik.

The closing ceremony is followed by a concert of Dagamba from Latvia, whose music is equally impressive when they perform songs by both Beethoven and Led Zeppelin. The 22nd Kuressaare Maritime Festival is finished with a spectacular laser show.

In addition to the three-day concert programme, the festival area offers the fair, folk programme, children's area and plays, a chamber of ideas, performances on the folk square and street artists. Every day of the festival is filled with exciting activities for people of all ages!

This year's chamber of ideas will focus on maritime presentations and discussions and the theme of the festival, "Wind". The topics include Saaremaa wind farms, restoration of windmills and maritime tourism. The most prominent speakers are Mart Jüssi and Tarmo Soomere. In addition, there will be discussions on the wind-driven relationships with Margus Vaher and Kati Toots. However, Jüri Kamenik, an M-Sport weather forecaster, will approach the wind from an interesting angle. You can test your knowledge in the quiz "Meremälu" (Maritime Memory).

Kuressaare Maritime Festival is supported by Saaremaa Spa Hotels, Kuressaare Kultuurivara, Saaremaa Parish, Balbiino and others.

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