Grand finale of the European Capital of Culture year in Umeå
december 15th, 2014
Umeå2014 is coming to an end and, although the year is not yet over, residents and visitors to Umeå were able to enjoy the grand finale of the Capital of Culture year on Saturday December 13. Performing artists at the event included Seinabo Sey, Kitok and INVSN.
Around 11 000 people came to Rådhustorget on the evening of 13 December to watch the last big show of the Capital of Culture year – Northern Light. The show included a host of well-known artists from Umeå, Sápmi and other parts of Sweden. Avatarkvartetten, made up of musicians from NorrlandsOperan’s Symphony Orchestra, kicked off the evening with a performance that began half an hour before the show started.
Representatives for the 2015 European capitals of culture, Mons (Belgium) and Plzeň (Czech Republic), were also on hand for a ceremonial passing of the cultural baton by Marie-Louise Rönnmark, Umeå Mayor and Chairperson of the Capital of Culture Drafting Committee, and Fredrik Lindegren, Artistic Director for Umeå2014. The ceremony, however, was not the end of Umeå2014. In fact, the cultural programme will continue for a few more weeks.
- The Capital of Culture year has been a huge lift for the North, and Umeå has been seen and heard throughout Europe and the world. The year is coming to an end, but Umeå, the city of culture, will continue its work and will continue to be associated with open-mindedness, involvement, curiosity and passion, says Marie-Louise Rönnmark.
The show was complemented by a light show on the old city hall, together with newly composed music by Henrik Oja and ended with a grand set of fireworks.