Turku & Tallinn – Partners in culture and history
Never before have concurrent Capitals of Culture been as close to each other in terms of geographical distance, culture, values or history.
The Capital of Culture year is a unique opportunity for both cities to present their culture, history and future, as well as the centuries-long cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.
Bonding Baltic Sea
For centuries, both cities have been national gateways to the world via the Baltic Sea. The basis of the cooperation between Turku and Tallinn is in the Baltic Sea, which is seen both as a challenge and an opportunity. The goals shared by both cities include:
- raising awareness about the Baltic Sea region
- highlighting the cultures of both countries
- increasing well-being
- improving urban spaces
- developing the activities of the creative industries, and
- developing long-term cooperation.
With these goals, the cities are involved in developing the cultural dimension of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea. In addition, Turku takes an active role in protecting the Baltic Sea.
Cities with similar historical and cultural backgrounds also work together during the year 2011.
- Turku AB Dance Company: The Dancing Tower
- New Baltic Drama 2011
- Smeds Ensemble & Von Krahl Theater: Karamazov Workshop
- The Detour (Limo)
- Night Moves
- Gateways: Art and Networked Culture
- Night of the Ancient Bonfires
- Estonian-Finnish old ships 2011
- Kayak expedition from Tallinn to Turku
- MIM goes sustainable
- Morten on the Ship of Fools
- Old Spaces Living Art (OSLA)
- Mobile Animation
- Easter Joy
- Turku-Tallinn Fashion Awards
- Curated Expedition to the Baltic Sea
2011 sees Tallinn & Turku share the title of European Capital of Culture. This series of themed cultural itineraries presents new ideas to combine these two dynamic destinations from both sides of the Baltic Sea (pdf files):