Roughness and toughness
Tiina Luhtaniemi fell in love with Kouvola's personal style and atmosphere.
“Kouvola has a wide range of cultural activities all year round, not just in summer. The local stuff is good, and Kouvola people don’t always want to point it out.
I moved from Jyväskylä to Kouvola just over a year ago. I’ve got to know the city with an open mind. Last summer I went to Antares Arts Centre and some summer theatres.
I also went to the children’s theatre festival Kuulas and the detective novel festival. Both are well-known nationally, and I knew about them before I moved to Kouvola.
Kouvola bars and pubs have their own distinctive rock and pop scene. Kymi Sinfonietta is a fantastic joint orchestra for two towns – Kouvola and Kotka. The night of the arts is a successful event in August that attracts people.
Kouvola’s strength is a certain toughness and roughness. The city centre and Pohjola building are the Kouvola for me.
There is a variety of culture, but there could be more events which are easier for the audience to access. A big concert in the park would be fun. People could enjoy great music in good company and have a picnic.
Culture for all
Now I have to admit it: I still haven’t been to Tykkimäki amusement park!
We don’t have a major national event, one that would attract tourists from other regions. Maybe when it’s up and running, the travel and event centre will help to create one.
I recommend getting to know Kouvola by bike. Take a packed lunch, hang out in the parks, do a city architecture tour, go round the museum quarter. I’d also take visitors to go to Tykkimäki Sauna.”
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