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Four Generations’ Carnival in Helsinki to celebrate Intergenerational Solidarity

08/05/2012 Four Generations’ Carnival in Helsinki to celebrate Intergenerational Solidarity

More than 600 visitors of different age groups gathered at the Helsinki City Hall to celebrate the Four Generations’ Carnival on the European Day of Intergenerational Solidarity, Sunday 29th April.

The day was full of activities, with participants having the chance to visit 26 stands of different sports organizations, pensioners’ associations and artisans, play quidditch (a game known from “Harry Potter’s” books) and enjoy the performances of the magician Jouko Alho and the acrobats of Circus Magenta.

There were also dance performances by the Center of New Dance Zodiak and the folk groups Pörriäiset and Hansvilit. Live music was offered by the young rap artist Puhuva Kone and the Vivace choir.

The audience also enjoyed the Dancing Four Generations fashion show by Marco Bjurström and his Step up School.

The Carnival was organized by The Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged in Finland and Helsinki’s City Hall.

The Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged in Finland is carrying out a research and practice development project called Life Course and Generations. The project aims to bring people of different ages together in order to increase intergenerational dialogue, promote older people’s psychosocial well-being and inclusion, and reduce their loneliness and exclusion.

”The Carnival was a nice event. The children, their parents and seniors had all a good time”, says Marja Saarenheimo, from the Four Generations initiative.