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Welcome to the 2006 CIA Winter Congress in Finland
Sunday, 26 February 2006

Ikaalinen, FINLAND

Finland - Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL)

2006 CIA Winter Congress in Ikaalinen, Finland
Friday, 24th FebruarySights around Ikaalinen
Saturday, 25th FebruaryAccordion Museum
Sunday, 26th FebruaryAccordion Building/Repair School
Monday, 27th FebruaryGeneral Information for Winter Congress
Finnish Accordion Association Cruise
The Silja Europa Cruise Liner in Turku, Finland

The 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.

General Assembly Meeting
The CIA conducted its final session of the 115th General Assembly on board the Silja Europa in the modern conference facilities during the overnight cruise.

Pictured 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 (Norway).
Chairman 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.
Reception and Welcome Onboard the Silja Europa
CIA 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 Sate-Hame Soi Accordion Festival Directors.
Sata-Häme Soi Ikaalinen Accordion Festival Public Relations Manager Minna Plihtari, Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila and Festival Director Sirpa Sippola
Pekka Loponen receiving the Presidential Award (from the Finnish President Tarja Halonen) from Kimmo Mattila
Viatcheslav Semionov with Mr. Loponen and Erkki Järvenpää
'Vice President of the Finnish Accordion Association Seppo Lankinen with Viatcheslav Semionov
Opening Concert
The opening Concert at the Moulin Rouge Theatre featured artists Elias Ukkonen, Kaisa Kujanpää, Anne-Mari Kanniainen all from Finland and visiting guest artist from Russia, Alexander Shirunov.

Pictured here after the concert are festival director Sirpa Sippola, artist Anne-Mari Kanniainen and Public Relations manager Minna Plihtari.
After Hours
The Bars, Restaurants and corridors are filled with accordion music

Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
Kimmo Mattila - Kyrösselänkatu 3, FIN-39500 Ikaalinen, FINLAND
Phone: +358 3 4400221, Fax +358 3 4589071 E-mail: hanuritalo@harmonikkainstituutti.net

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