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Tour the European Capital of Culture 2011 with NAVIGON

Finland’s oldest city Turku is this year’s European Capital of Culture. NAVIGON City Highlights in April take you to a wonderful journey to experience opera at the medieval Turku castle, a sauna sound installation, the Battle performance at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium and many more.

Hamburg, 12 April 2011 – Visit the European Capital of Culture 2011 with the NAVIGON City Highlights Turku, including sights and different events throughout the year. Turku Touring, Southwest Finland Tourist & Convention Bureau, and NAVIGON present tips on current events and offer advice as to how visitors can further experience this remarkable city.

Medieval opera in authentic surroundings

The Italian composer Carlo Agostino Badia created his opera “d’Alvilda in Abo” in 1692 and set his story along the coastline of Finland, in Turku. The first time in history the opera will be performed at the actual setting, in the courtyard of the over 700-year-old Turku Castle.

Turku Castle was founded in the 1280s as the administrative castle of the Swedish Crown and is now one of the city’s main sights and a monument of Finnish history. It is the largest surviving medieval building in Finland.

Unique combination of sauna and art

The Capital of Culture offers an unique combination of art and sauna. The interactive, garlic-shaped “The Sounding Dome Sauna”, designed by Turku-born Jan-Erik Andersson, incorporates soundscapes by the American sound artist Shawn Decker. The sauna’s world of sounds changes with the temperature and the humidity. The sauna can be experienced in Finland’s oldest and largest city park, Kupittaa Park, by the outdoor swimming pools.

“Battle” – human strength and an avalanche of visuals and magical music

The major visual production “Battle” will take over the Paavo Nurmi Stadium like a force of nature. This breath-taking performance, directed by Kari Heiskanen, portrays the borderline ritualistic battle between good and evil. It challenges the CityhighlightsTurku_Fotolia_14574886audience to consider the future of humanity in the form of a highly visual story. The performance includes a stunning choreography by Ari Nurminen. The enfolding music was created by accordion artist Kimmo Pohjonen with his orchestra.

Altogether nearly one hundred places of interest and events can be found in the Turku City Highlights. The navigation spots include contact information to Turku Touring, the sights and the event producers.

The NAVIGON City Highlights series include many European cities. The POI list can be downloaded free of charge from The NAVIGON City Highlights from previous months are also available there.



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