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Read the latest news about our progress to become a European Capital of Culture.


Expert claims: “Tampere and Pirkanmaa is the most european area in Finland”

Gösta museum.

European Capital of Culture from the business point of view: “You just cannot stay uninspired”

Jarkko Järvenpää

Enthusiasm in Nokia city – and the sports world is also with us

Perttu Pesä in Nokia

Galway 2020 starts again with “reimagined” programme

Flower Meadows are now part of the cultural program – there are more special surprises on the list

Flower Meadows of Sastamala

The world, Europe and we all need good deeds

Tampere proudly presents: Jesse Markin and other stars at the opening night of Tallinn Music Week

Perttu Pesä looks for a winning recipe in sports: “They have done something right”

Panel gave Tampere bid some praise, but also hard criticism


European Capital of Culture 2026 is nominated next June – This is how the selection proceeds

New team started: “The aim is to make an offer that Europe cannot refuse.”

Hello Tampere Region! Join us and do something good

Now the authors are taking ownership of this project!

Tampere Capital of Culture application enters second stage under new leadership

Tampere is in the 2nd round: All three applicants chosen to continue in the race

Tampere bid for the European Capital of Culture is now published: Includes over 90 program titles

European Capital of Culture: International panel will decide the fate of Tampere

A lake view, Virrat/ Photo by Laura vanzo

Mänttä-Vilppula is a wonderful art city in the middle of forests

Expert: This is the state of EU funding for culture right now. Something new also coming!

The success of Tampere in the Capital of Culture competition will be announced after Midsummer

Check this service: All Finnish grants in one web page

Report: Capital of Culture Year was a success for Plovdiv

Tampere liberates policy for restaurant terraces

Capital of Culture bid is looking for employees

The most important grant info of the year? Kone Foundation tells about next autumn

Capital of Culture is a major opportunity to raise international brand of Tampere

Coronavirus and the capitals of culture: This is how Galway and Rijeka will go through the crisis

Please tell, how you would use 450 000 EUR to make children and youngsters happy

The City board approved the Tampere European Capital of Culture application

The secret of success: Why Aarhus succeeded as the European Capital of Culture?

A Small but Indomitable Village – Welcome, Kuhmoinen!


Best thing in Tampere for an american? “I am absolutely obsessed with sauna”

Tampere invades Tallinn Music Week with music and an inspiring vision of equality

Converting Your Vehicle to Run on Bioethanol Cuts Down Pollution

Firmly Onboard the ECoC Bid: Ikaalinen Boasts a Lot of Ideas

There You Have It! The Municipal Partnership Agreements Signed

Jokelin and Hujanen Seek Darkness in Tampere Region

Cultural Strategy 2030 Setting the Base for the ECoC Bid 

Municipal Partners Sign Agreements 

Equality seminar: If we want to achieve gender equality, we need to collect data and start acting!

The Gender Equality Prize: Equality Now Changed 50 Discriminatory Laws 

Equality Promoted in Tampere: Soon, 12-year-olds Get to Vote on Budget! 

The Whole Region Joins the ECoC Bid of Tampere: “The Passion in the Proposals Took Us by Surprise”

Juha Hemanus

The City of Tampere Receives First Gold Record from Mansesteri

Handicrafts Attract 50 000 Visitors to Fair

The imperial Bad Ischl is one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2024

Accessible Hobby Opportunities Make Tampere an Equal Capital of Culture

ECOC Bid Expanding Again: Welcome, Sweet Akaa!

The Importance of Sauna and Regional Unity

The Meeting Venue for the Capital of Culture Heated Carbon-negatively

Capital of Culture 2022: Kaunas Wants to Shake the Spirit of a ‘Hopeless City’

Flood of Ideas: Nearly 700 Proposals for the Capital of Culture Programme

The sauna of Tohloppi Lake. More sauna is one of the main themes in the Tampere and Pirkanmaa bid.

Project Still Expanding: Kuhmoinen Also Joining the Bid

Lielahti, Kämmenniemi, Hervanta, Vesilahti… Scouring the Villages for Ideas with Simo Frangén

A Concert Hall Named After Jaakko Ryhänen Proposed in Lempäälä

There is a Beast Living in the Caves underneath Kaunas. What is Tampere Region’s Response?

The Mythical Beast of Kaunas

Nice Buildings Aren’t Enough: “We Must Dare to Rethink the Concept of the Art Museum”

Satu Vuorinen

Welcome aboard, Urjala! ”We will get our local groups together and start throwing ideas around”

Hannu Maijala, the municipal manager of Urjala

Urjala joins Tampere Region in European Capital of Culture Bid

Emmi’s Preparty Bit into Equality

Emmi Nuorgam

Hiedanranta Abuzz: Brainstorming the Cultural Programme with Nearly a Hundred Participants

Expert Tips on How to Get EU Support

Hanna Hietaluoma-Hanin

Tampere and Tampere region wish to become the capital of equality

Children and the theme balloons at Puistofiesta 2019

People of Tampere, This is Not a Beauty Pageant. Bring Out Your Dark Side!

The themes of our Capital of Culture bid are revealed on 16 August!

Players at Puistofiesta 2017 / Photo by Laura Vanzo

Tampere needs an art campus along the tramway, near the city centre

The Mayor Lauri Lyly and the Debuty Mayor Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki at the presentation of the working group's final report

The people of Tampere value saunas, lakes and festivals

The Sauna Day at Rajaportti Sauna / Photo by Laura Vanzo

The Capital of Culture bid was discussed in the international seminar 30 July

Ulrich Fuch at the Ultimate Bid-Book Seminar / Photo by Pauli Sivonen

Tampere is preparing a long-term cultural strategy in cooperation with residents and cultural actors

The Opening Ceremony of the Capital of Culture bid

Celebrate Europe Day on May 9 with international cultural experiences

Dancers at the Europe Day / Photo by Laura Vanzo

Everybody is invited to the opening event of Tampere’s bid for the title of European Capital of Culture on 30 March at…

The Opening Ceremony of Capital of Culture bid

The first Sauna day in Tampere on 27 July 2019!

Tullin Sauna / Photo by Laura Vanzo

Local cultural operators met in Hiedanranta and innovated the Capital of Culture bid

The meeting of the cultural operators in Hiedanranta