Things to remember
- Head toward the western river bank and Forum Marinum. The opening performance area can accommodate 30,000 spectators.
- Prefer public transportation or come by foot. Streets in the opening performance area are closed for private traffic.
- Be early. Remember to allow plenty of time for getting from place to place to accommodate for the special traffic arrangements and large crowds.
Closed street sections 15 January 5–7 pm:
- Linnankatu Street between Vallihaudankatu Street and Sairashuoneenkatu Street
- Läntinen Rantakatu Street between Vallihaudankatu Street and Puistokatu Street
- Streets between Linnankatu Street and Läntinen Rantakatu Street all the way up to Sairashuoneenkatu Street
- There is a temporary parking area that requires permission in case of emergencies and to provide the city residents with access to their yards.
More than 1,700 guests will attend to the opening ceremonies of Turku 2011 Capital of Culture
Numerous Finnish and foreign dignitaries will attend the opening ceremonies of Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture. The opening of Turku 2011 Capital of Culture is celebrated through the weekend 14-16 January 2011. On Saturday 15 January, a total of 30,000 people are expected to watch the opening show called This Side, That Side in front of Forum Marinum.
President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen will also participate. President Halonen with her entourage will arrive in Turku on Saturday evening 15 January 2011 when the Capital of Culture year is officially opened with a grand outdoor show in front of the shipping and naval centre Forum Marinum.
The president and other dignitaries will watch the event from the deck of museum ship Suomen Joutsen. After the opening show, the dignitaries have a dinner party in the Turku Castle hosted by the city of Turku.
Among the dignitaries is European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who is responsible for education, culture, youth and multilingualism affairs in the European Union. Vassiliou will attend events throughout the weekend. Her entourage will include EU Commission's representative in Finland, Ambassador Eikka Kosonen. The opening ceremony will also have several ambassadors accredited to Helsinki from Europe and for example China.
Minister of Culture and Sports Stefan Wallin, Minister of Justice Tuija Brax and Minister of Labour Anni Sinnemäki from the Finnish government will be attending the opening ceremony.
Also, the opening ceremonies will be attended by Union of European Football Associations UEFA's President Michel Platini, who will open football exhibition Only a Game? at cultural arena Logomo. The event will be attended by Football Association of Finland Chairman, Speaker of Parliament Sauli Niinistö.
Sweden's Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and a high-level delegation from the city of Stockholm are examples of attending neighbours. A large group of twin cities are also attending the opening ceremonies.
The past and future European Capitals of Culture will have their delegations at Turku
The past and future European Capitals of Culture have sent their high-level delegations to the opening ceremonies. Tallinn Capital of Culture Foundation's Managing Director Jaanus Mutli heads the delegation from Tallinn. From Ruhr2010 one of the directors Fritz Pleitgen, from Pécs Cultural Director Tamás Szalay and Chairman of Executive Board of Istanbul 2010, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sekib Avdagic will be attending from Capitals of Culture 2010. The opening ceremony of Turku hands the baton from Capitals of Culture 2010 to Turku.
On Saturday 15 January at 6 p.m. in front of Forum Marinum
The opening of Turku 2011 Capital of Culture is celebrated through the weekend 14-16 January 2011. On Saturday 15 January, a total of 30,000 people are expected to watch the opening show called This Side, That Side in front of Forum Marinum. The opening ceremony is broadcast direct for an hour on MTV3 channel starting at 6 p.m.
Dignitaries and media will arrive in Turku already on Friday 14 January to attend the opening of cultural arena Logomo and the event for invited guests hosted by Minister of Culture Stefan Wallin at the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum. Most of the invited guests arrive on Saturday. Programme for the guests starts already in the morning.
An abundance of Finnish and international media will attend the opening ceremonies. There are more than 150 accredited reporters from different parts of Europe.