Documentation of the weekend

During the Opening Weekend 31 January─2 February, Umeå city center was transformed into a melting pot of cultural experiences. If you want to look back, or if you could not participate in person, you will find lots of goodies below.

The inauguration show Burning Snow, 1 February 2014:

Opening Weekend 31 January─2 February:

To see more from the preparations, see the preparation blog.

A summary of the Opening Weekend’s many activities can be seen in the following documentary.


One of the installations during City of Winter was Barriär, where artist Lars Lundqvist was trapped behind a wall of ice for 48 hours. Close to 100 people was there to see when he finally returned to freedom once again. Footage: Kalle Prorok.

External web link

Sápmi in Umeå ─ Studio program by Oddasat (SVT) from Glashuset, including interviews from the streets. Most part in sami. Available on SVT Play.


For images from the installations throughout the city, please take a look in the Facebook album.


Listen to the speeches from the inauguration ceremony Burning Snow:

All speeches can also be read here.

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