Accordion Association Cruise|
Silja Europa Cruise Liner in Turku, Finland
CIA Delegates and guests were invited to participate on the annual Finnish Accordion
Association Cruise from Finland to Sweden and back.
Joining 2,600 other
accordionists of all ages from all over Finland, delegates and guests enjoyed
nonstop activities including accordion music of many styles such as Finnish Folk
Music and dancing, Cajun, Tex Mex, Jazz, accordion orchestras and ensembles, trade
show displays of instruments, recordings and music and an accordion competition.
CIA conducted its final session of the 115th General Assembly on board the Silja
Europa in the modern conference facilities during the overnight cruise. |
are delegates and committee members John Leslie - UK, Graham Laurie (UK), Anna
Bodell (UK), Harley Jones (Fiji), Raymond Bodell (UK), Kevin Friedrich (USA),
Walter Maurer (Austria), Jacques Mornet (France), Frederic Deschamps (France),
Viatcheslav Semionov (Russia),
Jörgen Sundeqvist (Sweden), Kjell Olsen (Norway), Lars Arnevig
of the Norske Trekkspilleres Landsforbund (NTL) and CIA Honorary Vice President
for 2006 - Mr. Kjell R. Olsen. The NTL will host the 2006 Coupe Mondiale in Asker,
Norway from October 18-22.
2006 Coupe Mondiale Organizer in Asker, Norway Mr. Lars Arnevig. This 59th Coupe
Mondiale is hosted by the NTL.
and Welcome Onboard the Silja Europa|
Delegates and Guests were invited to a reception in the VIP Lounge, during which
time the CIA was welcomed by officials of the Finnish Accordion Association and
Soi Accordion Festival Directors.|
Soi Ikaalinen Accordion Festival
Public Relations Manager Minna Plihtari,
Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila and Festival Director Sirpa
Loponen receiving the Presidential Award (from the Finnish President Tarja Halonen)
from Kimmo Mattila
Semionov with Mr. Loponen and Erkki Järvenpää
'Vice President of the Finnish Accordion Association Seppo Lankinen with Viatcheslav
opening Concert at the Moulin Rouge Theatre featured artists Elias Ukkonen, Kaisa
Anne-Mari Kanniainen all from Finland and visiting guest artist from Russia, Alexander
Pictured here after the concert are festival director Sirpa Sippola,
artist Anne-Mari Kanniainen and Public Relations manager Minna Plihtari.