Year 2026 Tampere is facing a new beginning – and this change should be something to make use of. It means more acceptance towards diversity, living side by side, a massive amount of different flavours and preferences. It means the feeling of participation and belonging to something, sharing the situations we face.
Tampere and its victories have for a long time come from movement: the city is a place that take cares of you, also when arriving from elsewhere. It’s easy to come and settle down. The best quality of Tampere is that it loves its own unconditionally. Who wouldn’t want a partnership like that?
Now Tampere is becoming a Central European city of culture, and only thing it needed was tracks from Hervanta to Amuri. The tracks are exactly the reason that will unite the people of Tampere more than anything else. When you get on the tram, you’re already there. This makes already existing city democracy feeling even stronger.
Tampere is coming from here, and then it goes there. It’s an inland harbour, and only thing it has to do, is to open its doors and all the winds of the world will go through it.
Mikko Roiha is a theatre director.