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Welcome to the 2006 CIA Winter Congress in Finland
Friday, 24 February 2006
Host: Finland - Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL)
|Executive Committee Meeting|
of the CIA Executive Committee met at the Ikaalinen Spa and Conference Center
to begin the 115th General Assembly of Delegates.
|Opening of the CIA Archives|
Delegates, Members of the Press and invited Guests gathered at the Hanuritalo
(Accordion House) in Ikaalinen to conduct the official opening ceremony of the
CIA archives. Among the invited guests were Jorma Kiiveri, Heikki Eranen and Marko
The ribbon cutting ceremony of the CIA archives concluded the year long celebration of its 70th anniversary, and enables the opportunity to put together in one place, the rich history of this international organization. In addition, the importance of this work reaches far beyond as it also allows us to profile the development of the accordion and its repertoire in general, as well as the accordion movement in various countries around the world.
The archives center is housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland which is also the home of the CIA member, the Finnish Accordion Association. The archives is collecting all materials pertaining to the CIA such as all former Test Pieces, program books, information such as recordings and bios from all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend award recipients, press coverage, Newsletters, pictures, mark sheets and results from previous competitions and much more.
September 21, 2004 marked the first donation to the archives of the CIA. This first donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc., the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The president of the firm Mrs. Faithe Deffner is a long time friend of the CIA and has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 30 years. The New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) was the first CIA Member nation to make a donation of material including Pictures, Newspaper articles and other material to the Archives, and past CIA Vice President - Maddalena Belfiore has recently made a significant donation of program books, competition results, Newsletters, minutes, newsletters, correspondence and much more. Most recently, the CIA General Secretary has donated a large collection of documents collected over his 31 year tenure as an Executive Committee member of the CIA.
interested in donating material to the CIA Archives is invited to do so, by sending
|General Assembly Meeting|
|The first session of the 115th General Assembly was held at the Hotel Ikahovi in Ikaalinen, Finland|
|Pictured outside of the Accordion House (Hanuritalo) prior to the CIA Archive Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are some of the attendees of the 2006 Winter Congress including Delegates, Guests and members of the Press. From left to right are: Kevin Friedrich (USA), Walter Maurer (Austria), Harley Jones (Fiji), Kimmo Mattila (Finland), John Leslie (UK), Graham Laurie (Scotland), Jörgen Sundeqvist (Sweden), Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia), Ulrich Schmulling (Germany), Ray Bodell (UK) and Anna Bodell.|
Finnish Accordion Association hosted a welcome concert for members and guest of
the CIA featuring the winner of the recent Lasse Pihlajamaa International Competition
Veli Kujala performing both original Finnish accordion works as well as with the
Pipoka Trio featuring Veli on accordion, Jarmo Julkunen on Guitar and Petri Keskitalo
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