Wednesday, 19 January 2011


After Friday's first opening at Logomo came the VIP opening and then the official opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture on the banks of the Aura River in Turku. At this point it is very important to note that it was the coldest day we experienced with -17 degrees celsius - freezing!!!!

What happened next can only be described as very lucky and very privileged. As we headed for the opening ceremony on prearranged buses, it became apparent that we had found ourselves in rather important company; dignitaries, cultural ministers and some vvv-vips! As we arrived at the river we were assorted onto a warm boat where we were served with a collection of tasty treats with an abundance of wine. As the minus degrees increased so did the lack of feeling in my fingers and toes, but what made it all worth it was knowing that I was part of something so important for this former capital city in Finland, I felt very proud to be part of this spectacular event.

I braved the Arctic conditions and took some pictures of the opening fireworks display from the top deck of the boat, I hope you enjoy them and get a sense of how wonderful this event truly was.

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