Lessons learned during the European Capital of Culture year put to use

The Turku 2011 Foundation has published reports on its voluntary work and accessibility programmes. The reports elucidate the processes and implementation of the voluntary work and accessibility programme of the Capital of Culture. The intention is to convey to future operators experiences on organising voluntary work as well as observing accessibility.

The voluntary programme of the Capital of Culture, available and accessible to everyone, had over 400 participants, most of whom would also like to continue doing voluntary work in the cultural sector in the future. The Capital of Culture programme provided a glimpse behind the scenes of culture work as well as new experiences and contacts to the volunteers.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities to be celebrated with culture

On Saturday 3 December, the Capital of Culture Turku will celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities together with associations for the disabled. The purpose of this celebration to be organised at the Turku Volunteer Fire Department building and the TaiKa Festival that will follow it is to draw attention to the rights of the disabled and celebrate culture in its different forms.

During the Capital of Culture year, Turku has focused on the positive impact that culture has on well-being and the importance of having of access to culture. These are also themes of this invitation event being held on the Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Chairman of the Turku City Council Seppo Lehtinen and the Chairman of the Threshold Association Riku Virtanen will give speeches at the event. Greetings from the Turku 2011 Foundation will be presented by CEO Cay Sevón.


The TaiKa festival brought song and dance to the Turku VPK house on December 3rd

In honour of the Disabled's Day Kynnys ry was hosting a festival for the whole family that provided art for everyone. The celebration was organised at the  (Turku VPK house).

The TaiKa festival had a wide variety of popular performers, for example the world renown sign language rapper Signmark. Also the punk group Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, that succesfully toured festival stages last summer, was performing. Along with KAAOS Company, one of the best known Finnish integrated dance groups.

Local talent wasn't forgotten either: The Toivola Tanssii ja Soi- performance had been made in honour of Toivola's 10-year anniversary. Idän Ellit, a group from Turku, was performing Oriental dances.

Carl Larsson (1853-1919)

The Capital of Culture year has increased the accessibility of culture

The accessibility of the Turku Capital of Culture programme has been supported, among other things, by improving the accessibility of the event locations and arranging interpretations and assistants. On Tuesday 15 November, volunteers will take elderly persons to explore the Carl Larsson exhibition.

The Turku 2011 Foundation will organise an event on 15 November at 11 am in co-operation with the Turku Art Museum, ILOA! Action, Turun Lähimmäispalveluyhdistys Association, Turun Seudun Vanhustuki Association and Centre for Assistance Services, where volunteers from each organisation along with cultural friends will take elderly persons to see the Carl Larsson exhibition.


Turku was one of the four finalists in the Access City Award contest (2010) organised by the European Union. The active work of Turku to implement accessibility in practice was in an important role also during the year of being the capital of culture.


World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 invites proposals

Proposals can be made by anybody – an individual, team, corporation or other organization – and they can be for locally or internationally organized projects. The primary region for project implementation is the five participating cities in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project, that is, Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti.

World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 approaches design from a wide perspective. The organizers seek proposals that introduce new ways in which citizens actively participate in and impact the development of their living environments. The organizers seek solutions that advance the quality of life and general happiness. Projects should also address how to utilize design in novel ways to promote economic growth.