Umeå – A city of culture with a bright future!

Umeå was the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and that gave us the chance to showcase and develop our cultural life along with the rest of Europe for a year. Europe has had a chance to get to know Umeå’s cultural life. And we have established bonds with new European friends. At this website you can see what happened during the year, check out flashbacks and films from the events, read about the project’s background and much more.

Artistic Depictions

8 x Art

The 8 x Art project involves eight different artistic representations linked to the Sami seasons that are featured throughout the European capital of culture year. These representations can be anything … Read more about 8 x Art

Organizer: Umeå kommun
8 x Art
Västerbotten

River Stories

One of the most characteristic elements of the Västerbotten landscape is the rivers running down from the mountains in the west to the sea in the east. River Stories is … Read more about River Stories

Organizer: Norrlandsoperan
River Stories
Exhibitions

Eight Sami artists

During the capital of culture year Bildmuseet will showcase eight artists with Sami roots in eight different exhibitions – one for every season. The artists are based in Sweden, Finland … Read more about Eight Sami artists

Organizer: Bildmuseet
Eight Sami artists

Traditional Music Enters the City

For one week, during 3-10 August 2014, Umeå will be filled with folk music and song. Riksspelmansstämma (a national get-together of folk instrumentalists), Zornmärkesuppspelningar (auditions to reach a nationally recognised … Read more about Traditional Music Enters the City

Organizer: Björksta folkdanslag and Västerbottens museum
Traditional Music Enters the City
Music project

Seasonal Concerts

The capital of culture year will feature eight seasonal concerts. At the start of each new season NorrlandsOperan presents a new, highly artistic concert project, each with an exciting theme. … Read more about Seasonal Concerts

Organizer: Norrlandsoperan
Seasonal Concerts
Culture of Birds

Birds over Europe

In the project Fåglarna visar vägen (“The Birds Show the Way”) Umeå gets its own cultural birds. Via the internet and apps everyone can follow the cultural birds as they … Read more about Birds over Europe

Organizer: Umeå Fågelförening
Birds over Europe
Visual art

Comic anthology 2014

A comic anthology will put the spotlight on the many talented comic artists in the Umeå and Västerbotten region, who deserve to be seen more. We will publish stories that … Read more about Comic anthology 2014

Organizer: Jonas Lidström Isegrim Seriefrämjandet
Comic anthology 2014
Innovative music

Voices of Umeå

Voices of Umeå draws attention to the most fundamental thing in our everyday communication with the world around us – our unique possibillity of making sounds and music, through our … Read more about Voices of Umeå

Organizer: Umeå University
Voices of Umeå
Digital guidebook

UmepediA

Umepedia is a project that is about creating the first Wikipedia City in the Nordic Countries. The project aims at putting Umeå on the digital map by improving articles related … Read more about UmepediA

Organizer: Wikimedia Sweden
UmepediA
Dance

Plupp

A philosopher of life and a fantasy figure called Plupp is at the centre of a three-year long Umeå2014 project by Folkuniversitetet and Balettakademin. Plupp is the inspiration when spreading … Read more about Plupp

Organizer: Folkuniversitetet/Balettakademien Umeå
Plupp
Presence-abscense of light

The Beacon

The theme of this art project is the Presence-Absence of Light, hence the name Fyren (“The Beacon”). A beacon is a light in the night that will prevent you from … Read more about The Beacon

Organizer: Umeå 2014, Church of Sweden, Sensus studieförbund
The Beacon
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