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Marie-Louise Rönnmark, mayor of Umeå and Lina Hognert, actress at a local theatre in Umeå. Photo: Filippa Armstrong/SR
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Part of the inaugural ceremony next to the frozen river Umeälven. Photo: Concept Art, Benita Winkler
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Art-piece featured in the opening ceremony. Photo: Håkan Larsson/Umeå2014
european capital of culture 2014

Burning Snow show inaugurated culture capital

A light show of burning snow and ice inaugurated the city of Umeå in northern Sweden as the European capital of culture 2014, the northernmost capital of culture ever.

Thousands of people had gathered on and around the frozen river Umeälven for the inaugural ceremony.

"Let us burn together for art and for culture. Welcome to this opening and to Burning Snow," Marie-Louise Rönnmark mayor of Umeå said at the inaugural speech.

The European capital of culture initiative was started in 1985 to promote European culture. Umeå shares the capital title this year with Riga in Latvia.

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