When Turku residents first expressed their wishes for the Turku Capital of Culture year in 2005, Eini, a 78-year-old pensioner, wanted more trees and flowers on the streets, Matti, a CEO, asked for top international performers and Sanna, a student, requested cultural surprises for her city neighbourhood. “I wish Turku had more trampolines,” said Samu, 10 years. Well said, Samu! Uplifting the city spirit and image, high-flying experiences and joy to city residents and visitors – that is what the Capital of Culture is very much about.
The Capital of Culture year is born out of the hopes and visions of thousands of people. It is built on the artistic inspiration, hard work and daring commitments, providing both moments of success and occasional frustration, whilst bringing together contributions from throughout Finland as well as nearly every continent in the world.