Michael Tydén is one of the original creators and now the general manager of the Baltic Sea Festival – but this year’s production is his last. “It has been a fantastic journey,” he says. The idea behind the festival was sparked by Tydén and conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen from Finland and Valery Gergiev from Russia, ten years after the Berlin Wall fell. “We were convinced that the Baltic Sea should be used as an opening of communication, in contrast to the border it had previously acted as,” says Tydén. The trio successfully produced the now much-loved festival, where over 70 orchestras and choirs have participated to date.