The next time a Finnish city will be designated a European Capital of Culture is in 2026. Tampere and the Tampere Region have decided to apply to become the next European centre of culture because we want to increase our residents’ well-being and boost the region’s vitality in the long term. The European Capitals of Culture initiative is a way for the European Union to support European cultural diversity.
Tampere and the Tampere Region’s application to become a Capital of Culture will be finished in 2020
Tampere and the Tampere Region are together applying to become a European Capital of Culture in 2026. In addition to Tampere and the main municipal partner Mänttä-Vilppula, the application involves 15 municipalities of the Tampere Region: Vesilahti, Orivesi, Sastamala, Hämeenkyrö, Parkano, Pälkäne, Lempäälä, Nokia, Ikaalinen, Kangasala, Pirkkala, Valkeakoski, Virrat, Ruovesi and Ylöjärvi.
A Finnish city will be elected a Capital of Culture 2026 by a European panel and the selection will be confirmed by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2021. Our collective application will be presented to the panel of experts in May 2020. If we qualify, the second phase improved application will be presented to the panel in early 2021, followed by the final decision. That same year, the other Capital of Culture will be from Slovakia. Previous Finnish cities that have been designated Capitals of Culture are Helsinki in 2000 and Turku in 2011.
Why do Tampere and the Tampere Region want to become a European Capital of Culture? Because we want to:
permanently improve the quality of life of the Tampere Region’s residents and visitors,
remind ourselves and the whole world to care for others more than ourselves,
further presence and human interaction amidst continuous digitalisation,
increase sharing of joy, empathy and experiences,
develop cultural cooperation and increase the importance, appreciation and impact of culture in the Tampere Region
and strengthen our international cultural connections and visibility.
This is how the project will proceed
Tampere and the Tampere Region will make their Capital of Culture application in cooperation with the region’s residents and experts of different subject matters. The project started in the spring of 2019 with workshops, discussions and an open survey. These participatory methods and the ideas gathered by them will be used, among other things, to create themes for our Capital of Culture application. Results of the survey have also been used in drafting Tampere’s cultural strategy.
After the themes are published in August 2019, we will issue an open call for program proposals. Through the call for proposals we will settle on a program for the following years and the Capital of Culture year 2026.
This year, we will start drafting our Capital of Culture application, which will be presented to the panel in May 2020.
28 May 2018
The City Board of Tampere decides to apply to become the Capital of Culture
30 March 2019
Opening ceremony in Hiedanranta in Tampere
1 April 2019
Capital of Culture application period starts.
We meet with residents, experts and artists and visit the cooperating municipalities
We collect ideas through an open survey
We have a stand for collecting ideas at various events
We are involved in developing the cultural strategy of the City of Tampere
We publish the themes of the Capital of Culture application and issue a call for program proposals
Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020
We write our Capital of Culture application
We discuss with artists, residents and experts in Tampere, the Tampere Region and elsewhere in Finland to hear their ideas
We organise events, workshops and conferences
Through the open call for program proposals we gather ideas for the coming years and the Capital of Culture year
We grow our international networks and create joint projects and productions together with our European partners
We present our first phase application to a European panel in May 2020
We start working on our second phase application, if we qualify in the first phase
We present our second phase application to the panel
We find out which Finnish city will be the Capital of Culture 2026
Preparations for the Capital of Culture year
Proposed programming is carried out already before the Capital of Culture year and developed further
We create international collaborative projects
We deepen our cooperation with residents and experts of the region
Tampere and the Tampere Region aim to be the European Capital of Culture in 2026
Evaluating and reporting the outcomes of the Capital of Culture year
Implementing and consolidating processes to increase the region’s vitality
European Capitals of Culture increase a region’s vitality in the long term
By designating Capitals of Culture, the European Union wants to highlight European values and cultural diversity as well as increase cultural exchanges in Europe as a part of the Creative Europe programme. The idea is not to focus only on the Capital of Culture year, but rather for the programme to influence the region’s culture and its accessibility, sense of community and cooperation, as well as the city brand and tourism. Capitals of Culture have been designated since 1985 and since 2009 two cities have been annually selected as European Capitals of Culture.