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Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture opening ceremonies

The Stavanger region of Norway is the (non-EU) European Capital of culture in 2008 - meaning not just Stavanger but Rogaland county, including Sandnes, Egersund, Haugesund, Sauda, the Ryfylke, Jaeren and areas around.

Opening ceremonies - or parties if you prefer - were held around the region on January 11th, with the main event in Stavanger on the 12th January.

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fireworks display at the opening ceremony On Friday 11th January there were parties, parades and excitement in many towns across the region. In Sandnes from 17.30 the ceremony included the switching on of part of the "Watercolours" light project.

On Saturday 12 January 2008 the main parade in Stavanger started at 15.00 from various points, with local groups joining French performers and aerial cyclists, plus fireworks to follow - all watched by the King and Queen, plus around 60,000 others.

See the news page on the opening.
When : Friday - Saturday 11, 12 January 2008
Where : central Stavanger, plus most other towns in the region.

Distance from Stavanger:

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parade during the opening ceremony
Kids Verdict: This should be spectacular, and be something for them to remember.

See also:
Stavanger 2008 "Watercolours" project
main Stavanger 2008 information page
fun at the Watercolours wishing well in Sandnes on 11 January
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