Preparations for Kokkola Winter Accordion 2016 are in full swing as I write. Life in today’s world is full of challenges and the arts and culture community is no stranger to this truth. To produce a diverse program on a lean budget is no easy task and requires lengthy deliberations and negotiations.
The week’s program and contracts are still in the final stages. The artistic leader has put together a lineup sure to appeal to every taste, and has enjoyed widespread support from leaders and organizers alike. I would like to extend a big thanks to Kokkola Winter Accordion’s many supporters and organizers.
I have served as chairman for 18 years as a festival planner and organizer. According to experts, 5-8 years is the optimum time-length for this role. It is always wise to follow expert advice. A few weeks ago I received a promise from my successor: that he would be available as chairman at our annual missions meeting. As you read this, Pertti Kuosmanen has already been installed as the new organization chairman. I wish Pertti every success in his new role.
I’ve learned a lot during my time with Kokkola Winter Accordion. It has been an incredibly productive time of collaboration and cooperation. I have attended many wonderful meetings with other organizers, artists and performers.
I would like to extend a big thanks to the City of Kokkola for all the wonderful team work, and to all our supporters, volunteers and the festival organizers and planners. I wish the festival-goers and performers a warm welcome to our event.