This is a report of the meeting of the European capital of Culture Selection Panel on 14 and 15 March 2006. The report is addressed to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission and the Committee of Regions.
Turku is sizzling. This application for the European Capital of Culture has been created by thousands of people from school children to the elderly, from wheelchair dancers to visual artists. People from the Southwest coast of Finland, all the way to the Åland islands, has been involved in conversations and debates. We are excited about the ideas and dreams we have found. Over the past two years, the residents of Turku have actively contemplated the meaning of culture. Coffee breaks at work and drinks at the pub have often led to discussions on the effects of culture for health, business and our city. We have not been alone at this. Our dreams have spread their wings and reached our friends from St. Petersburg to Florence. They have joined in with their ideas and suggestions for cooperation. Now that this application has reached You, we are all sizzling with excitement.