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Placed: 17.04.2007 12:42:27

Odessa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of twinning relations with the Finnish Oulu in April

On April, 22 – 26, the 50th anniversary measures dedicated to twinning relationships establishment between Odessa and Oulu will be taking place.

Odessa city mayor Eduard Gurvits issued a decree to carry out a detailed plan of the 50th anniversary of twinning relation between Odessa and Oulu cities celebration.
The festive measures are to be taking place on April, 22 – 26, 2007.
A working group to prepare and organize the festivities is created. It features the representatives of Odessa city council’s according depts, Odessa’s largest library, Odessa museums and concert hall.
The festive program features:
April, 22
6:30 p.m. – “2 Days and 2 Nights of New Music” festival visiting.

April, 23
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. – meeting with “Oulu Friends in Odessa” union.
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Finnish literature evening.

April, 24
10:00 a.m. – opening if the exhibition dedicated to Odessa’s and Oulu’s friendly relations.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – visiting the exhibition devoted to the sister cities.
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. – meeting Odessa’s schoolchildren, holding the “What Do I Know About Oulu?” quiz.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. – concert of the art collectives from Odessa and Finland.

April, 25
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – visit to M. Gorkiy library.

April, 26
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. – press-conference.
Oulu (Finland)
The city, with the population about 100 thousand citizens, is a University City and lively science-research center. 12 thousand students are studying in the Oulu University. The first famous exhibition and science center in Finland is “Knowledge country” is located in Oulu, where, each year, new exhibitions held. The most important work of Oulu citizens, till the end of the last century, is the trade with resin and sea products, but today, Oulu development is effected by the new technologies and the university. The city is, too, the main trade center.
Oulu is industrial and cultural center. The people are practicing sport here all the year. The ski sport, hockey, Finland baseball, football, swimming, athletics and equestrian. The northern 36-hole golf stadium is located in Oulu. The legend ski run “Tervahiihto” will be organized in Oulu for the 110 time. The two days “Smolian” regatta is beginning from Vaala on the shores of Oulu Lake. The fishing marathon, the ski competition “Tervahiihto” and north auto rally are organically flow into the winter life of Oulu.
Oulu is a good place for family tourism. Here, you will be able to find places for children: Pokhis-Pokhianma museum, exhibition “children of Kioramiaki”, child race park, hotel with a complex of water pools “eden”, zoological museum of the Oulu University, botanic garden, museum under open sky at Turkansaari, pony on the Khietasaari, Nalikarri, child city Kholikhaka, and the rest park Lintulami.
The northern symphonic orchestra is giving her concerts in the luxurious hall “Madotey” of the musical center. The art museum is located nearby the city center, which is architectural sight. The following are galleries were opened: Art Halvare, Harmaja, Nelio-Galleria, Rantagalleria, youth cultural center and the museum house of the seaman – the oldest Oulu building, built in 1737 – 1739. In the automobile exhibition, you will be able to find more than 50 old cars and motorcycles. The other places to visit are: museum under open sky at Turkansaari Island, geological and zoological museum, hydro-electro station Pukhiakoski and the electricity museum and potter’s workhouse Kolmiyalka. “Zeppelin” is the biggest covered city at the North Finland.
Oulu web-page: http://www.oulu.fi
Chronology of official meetings and visits:
January 1993 – The Odessa representatives visited Oulu
March 1993 – Activists of the friendship society “Ukraine-Finland”, at the head of A. Nizov, has visited Oulu
May 1993 – The Odessa friends association delegation from Oulu at the head of Eino Laaksonen and three members, has visited Odessa
November 1995 – The friends of Finland association delegation has visited Oulu
October 1996 – The Oulu representatives has visited Odessa
The celebration of 40 years sister cities relationships and the participation in the EU program.
August 1997 – The Oulu delegation has visited Odessa to realize the Oulu days in Odessa
May 2005 – The folklore group of the music school No. 4 has participated in the school festival during the celebration of the 400 years of Oulu foundation.
August 2005 – During the celebration of Oulu day, the delegation of Odessa city council delegation, at the head of Deputy Mayor L. Losuk, has visited sister city Oulu
January 2006 - Intention agreement was signed between Odessa and Oulu,. The parties agreed on the mutual collaborations in accordance with the Oulu-11 development project. The aim of the project is to promote Oulu to have the status of European cultural capital for 2011. This agreement was signed by Odessa Mayor E. Gurvits and Oulu Mayor Kari Nenonen
On July 14th, 2006, Odessa Mayor E.I. Gurvits has received the extra-ordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Finland Republic in Ukraine, Ms. Laura Reinilya.
The accompanied persons: Khanni Khuvarinin, the coordinator in the questions of press and culture in the Finland Embassy. The visit’s aim is to coordinate the celebration of the 50 anniversary of Odessa – Oulu relations. E. Gurvits invites Ms. Laura Reinilya to participate in the Odessa day celebration at September 2nd. This visit was the beginning of preparations for the Odessa – Oulu anniversary celebrations.

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