Turku has completed its year as European Capital of Culture very successfully. The comprehensive programme has produced new collaboration while creating a platform for continuing projects. Turku has also gained more visibility in global media than ever before and visitor numbers have gone up as well.
"During the last few months, not many people have asked me how everything is going; I have been showered with congratulations," says Cay Sevón, the CEO of the Turku 2011 Foundation, which was responsible for implementing the Capital of Culture year.
"Turku has permanently established itself as a Finnish representation of a beautiful European cultural city, both from a local perspective and abroad. The success Turku has enjoyed this year has been an undeniable indication of the power of culture and how it can impact society in a positive way," states Sevón.