Karlskrona Blossoms Event - A Huge Success!

-By Shawn Westcott

On one cold winter morning in February, my roommates and I were sitting around, lamenting that there wasn't anywhere to go to see live music or artwork. So I half joked, "Why don't we start our own arts and music event in town?" Well, after discussion and brainstorming, the hard work of eight classmates and members of the community, and support from the local municipality, "Karlskrona Blossoms" was born.

Held on June 6 -- also the new Swedish National Day -- this community arts and music event brought the talents of artists and musicians from around Sweden and the world to the newly renovated Karlskrona Konsthallen. Organized by a core team of MSLS students that included Alaya Boisvert, Kim Edwards, Liane Fredericks, Ben Kneppers, Julia Pereira, Heleen Podsedkowska, and honorary MSLS grad Ryan Richardson, this group brought together a vast array of BTH and community partners to co-create a wonderful event.

In the afternoon, the Konsthallen was host to an elaborate art gallery showing put together by Liane and Raisa Uotila, a local artist, with work from over one hundred artists, including a student art contest from a local school. Pieces included work from nearly every medium, and artists were able to sell their work at the event. In addition, a local men's choir entertained the crowd, and fika was provided for guests.

In the evening, the venue was transformed into a concert with a range of music, including two Swedish bands, as well as a band made up of MSLS students called the Swedish Funnel Project. DJ Tall Neil, another MSLS student, served as DJ in between the bands and moved the crowd in a late night party that won't soon be forgotten.

Overall, the event was a huge success, and the local municipality has already expressed a strong desire to make this an annual event, as it proved a great way to bring the BTH and local communities closer together. 

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