Exactly ten years ago, the weather was equally chilly as today when Turku's European Capital of Culture year began with a spectacular outdoor show and 80 000 spectators.

In 2011, there was something going on in Turku every day. The thousands of programme workers had prepared for the year for a long time, and now the citizens had a whole year to enjoy.

The programme featured both grand public events, as well as small and intimate shared community activities; international, Finnish and Turku-based stars and everyday surprises.

In 2011, joy was all around!

During this 10-year jubilee, we will celebrate culture, community spirit and cooperation in the spirit of the 2011 European Capital of Culture year.

Culture (still) does good!


The opening seremony of Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture year. Photo: Samuli Saarinen