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Habi Kids, the Habitare area for children and families, transforms into a Moomin sea landscape this September in collaboration with the world’s only Moomin Museum. There families can, among other things, row to a lighthouse and relax on the beach in Moomin style. Habitare will be open at Messukeskus in Helsinki from 9 to 13 September 2020.
The largest furniture, design and interior decoration event in Finland, Habitare is also an event for the whole family, with the Habi Kids area offering activities for visitors of all ages. The 2020 partner of Habi Kids is the Moomin Museum, which will bring a glimpse of the Moomin ‘soulscape’ and a coastal atmosphere to Habitare.
“A key theme in the Moomin books is having adventures with friends. Moomin Museum wants to offer Habitare visitors a fun and cheerful sea journey. While on the adventure, take a break on the cliffs or even have a picnic”, says producer Minna Honkasalo from the Moomin Museum.
“We are really happy that next autumn Habitare visitors can explore the world of the Moomins in the Habi Kids area. The world of the Moomins created by Tove Jansson is familiar to Finns. The Moomins are present in many people’s everyday lives in one way or another. The gentle and simple lifestyle of the Moomins is well suited to this era, which is characterised by a hectic pace and an ever-increasing flood of stimuli. With the Moomins, we want to turn Habi Kids into a small haven in the middle of Habitare, where children and adults alike can escape the hurry and the stress for a moment”, says the creative director of Habitare, Laura Sarvilinna.
The comprehensive five-day Habi Kids programme will be announced in May, in connection with the rest of the Habitare programme.
The 75th anniversary of the Moomin stories is being celebrated in the spirit of the sea, as Tove Jansson (1914–2001) drew a lifetime of inspiration from the sea. The anniversary campaign #OURSEA by Moomin Characters and the John Nurminen Foundation is raising funds to protect the Baltic Sea. The Moomin lifestyle is inherently environmentally friendly, inspiring us to make choices that are gentle to nature. The anniversary exhibition Moomins and the Sea will be on display at the Moomin Museum in Tampere until 31 January 2021.
Tove Jansson’s cover illustration to Moominpappa at Sea, 1966. Moomin Museum, Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley Collection ©Moomin CharactersTM