Monday, September 07, 2009

Umeå European Cultural Capital 2014?

The town I live in, Umeå, has been competing to be declared the 2014 Cultural Capital of Europe. While I am no fan of mass spectacles (having witnessed the madness of Expo 88 in Brisbane and the run up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney) I think it would be cool if a town like Umeå was named European Cultural Capital. Why? Because it is a long way from anywhere. Because it is a small town. Because it has a certain energy about it that is rare.

Tomorrow the decision will be made. Umeå and the southern Swedish city of Lund are competing for the title. There will be a live stream anouncing the winner between 13:30 and 14:00 CET. You can follow it from here.

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