Office of the President of the Republic
Press Release 12 June 2012
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio will be attending a welcoming ceremony hosted by the City of Naantali at the marina (Kilta jetty) at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday 16 June, after which the presidential couple will attend a concert organised in Naantali church to close the Naantali Music Festival.
A sculpture exhibition opening on Monday, 18 June in the Kultaranta garden will display works by Antti Maasalo. This will be the third time that Finnish sculptures have been on show at Kultaranta. The exhibition is being organised in cooperation with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.
The public will have the opportunity to admire the sculptures and the Kultaranta garden on guided tours organised by Naantali Tourist Service. The Kultaranta garden is also open to the public free of admission on Fridays during the summer from 6 to 8 p.m.
Kultaranta, situation on Naantali’s Luonnonmaa Island, has been the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Finland since 1922. Construction of the main building, a granite castle completed in 1916, was commissioned by industrialist Alfred Kordelin, and designed by architect Lars Sonck. The Kultaranta residence lies in extensive parkland and includes a garden devoted to the growing of flowers and vegetables.
During the summer the President of the Republic continues his work from Kultaranta, as well as receiving guests there.