Welcome to a Coastal festival

Again we have the pleasure to invite you to the Boat Festival in Norway's finest city Aalesund.
Ålesund Båtfestival, 08-12 of July 2020, is held for the 18 time and we can present a stronger content than ever.
The four hectic days of summer has become a trademark for the town of Aalesund, which we are incredibly proud of. The festival has from the beginning been an idealistic project. It still are, but thanks to supporters as Redningsselskapet and Aalesund Sentrumsforening it has over the years acquired an increasingly stronger position. As the festival has grown, Ålesund Båtfestival has become an important place to market themselves.
Cooperation with the business community and the private sector has contributed to a more resilient commitment. The program is exciting and we are open from early morning to late night.

The festival's motto has from day one been "Safety at Sea", and many of the events are related to this subject. Particular focus is the children and marine traffic. It is important that the smallest understand this with marine traffic, that they should always wear a life vest and how invaluable it is to be able to swim. During the festival the audience will find many opportunities to watch some exciting demonstrations of safety and rescue operations. They solved through the various emergency procedures, how extinguishing a boatfire are and how a rescue is established and functioning.
Boat Festival in Aalesund will be a mix of celebration and reason.

Brosundet is however also the venue for less "serious" events.
From before 1860-century was swimming in the harbour one of the summer's highlight.
During the festival, we try to recreate something of the atmosphere of the time.
Besides the swimming competitions will also be diving from Hellebroa and have a jet ski show.
New this year are the activities that will take place in Moloveien, there are many exciting activities; glassblowing, knot tying, boat builders and fishing competitions, and with Fløtten can be rowed over Brosundet from Skansegata the Fisheries Museum.
There will be the boat race, and level with the competition is there arranged rowcourses for the youngest part of the audience.

The musical aspect has been an increasingly strong position, and this year's program is being prepared, we can promise quality every day from the main stage.

Most of the activities both on land and water is also this year free thanks to good sponsors and partners.
Redningsskøyta Elias gets in Aalesund every day, and Saturday there will be trains through the city streets where both large and small are encouraged to dress up. There is also Magic show from the main stage and Thomas funfair ensures plenty of magic and excitement during the entire festival. More exciting is going on the program eventually!

We would like to say a big thank you to our employees during the festival, we have approximately 70 people at work in a busy festival week. Several of them have been with us right from the start. A great bunch!
We would also like to thank to Aalesund Municipality, Parking Authority, Port Authority, Fire and Police Athens, as we always have had a unique relationship with.
Challenges will constantly be, but as long as we play as a team, this is GOOD!

Ålesund Båtfestival will constantly try to develop the festival in Aalesund, and therefore hope that Aalesund Municipal and county recognize the value of the work we do.

We wish you all a warm welcome to this year's Boat Festival, visit and experience the city these days.

Geir Østensen
Festival director.