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Caught by Umeå goes on tour

The city of Umeå in Northern Sweden is coming to London 19 - 20 September! Come and experience the unique progressive culture of Umeå and the “Northern Room”, through ice sculpting, Sámi culture, design and much more. You will experience the contrast between the Northern Swedish summer and winter and be inspired by the semi-finalist photos, films and designs that participated in the competition Artists Caught by [Umeå]

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Full London programme here

  • Traditional sami folk costume
  • The music scene in Umeå
  • Birch trees are common in the Umeå region
  • Umeå, Northern Sweden
  • Umeå, Northern Sweden
  • Umeå, Northern Sweden
  • Umeå, Northern Sweden
  • Berguddens lighthouse, outside Umeå

Traditional sami folk costume

Umeå in Northern Sweden has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2014, making it the EU’s northernmost Capital of Culture ever. To celebrate, artists from all around the world were invited to compete in one of Europe’s biggest progressive art competitions this year.

The capital of culture programme will feature events, projects, festivals and freestanding programme items and takes inspiration from the eight seasons of the Sami calendar.

Umeå’s capital of culture year is a joint venture with the four northernmost Swedish counties and Sápmi (the lands inhabited by the Sámi people). Sápmi stretches through northern Norway, Sweden and Finland and all the way out to the Kola Peninsula in Russia.

Ubmeje (the Sámi word for Umeå) is a part of Sápmi (the lands inhabited by the Sámi people) and the history, culture, occupations, religion and languages of its indigenous people.

The Sámi calendar year is a way of crystallizing the year’s changes and focusing on what is important in each phase. Find out more about the eight Sami seasons

Umeå - a youthful, cultural city

Umeå is situated on the inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia at the mouth of the Ume River, in the south of the county of Västerbotten. Umeå is about 600 km north of Stockholm and about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle.

The city has a well known university and with its 36,000 students this makes it a youthful place with a rich cultural life. And its great location means you are never far from beautiful countryside!

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Midnight sun in Swedish Lapland

Northern Sweden

Northern Sweden, including legendary Swedish Lapland, is unique. Where else can you visit the ICEHOTEL?

Sami handicraft from Njarka Sami camp, Jämtland

Sápmi and the Sami

Visit Sápmi and the Sami people and immerse yourself in their culture and customs. Experience Sami food al fresco in the Arctic Circle, have a go at reindeer sledding, go hunting and fishing with a Sami guide, all while getting to know the Sami.

Umeå, Northern Sweden

What’s up in Umeå

If you didn’t know it already the city of Umeå (pronounced oo-meh) is European Capital of Culture 2014. Which means it is going to be one very buzzing cultural hotspot of festivals, events, arts and music

Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

As well as being European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå can also claim to be the northernmost capital of culture, located as it is in northern Sweden, a place of extreme natural beauty and rugged wilderness (and culture, of course).

Caught by Umeå - the tour is coming to London! 

Umeå would like everyone to participate in the shaping of Umeå2014, in a way that no other capital of culture has done before, via a European tour in the autumn 2013.

Caught by Umeå will travel through Europe in September and October 2013, with the aim to evoke curiosity and interest in Umeå and the northern parts of Sweden. You will experience the contrast between the Northern Swedish summer and winter and be inspired by the semi-finalist photos, films and designs that participated in the competition Artists Caught by [Umeå].

Where: Bernie Spain Gardens, South Bank, London

When: 19 - 20 September 2013

Find out what's happening during these days via the Event Schedule

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