With drafting having already started in the beginning of 2019, the City of Tampere’s Cultural Strategy 2030 has now been published and will be presented to the City Council today. This is the first cultural strategy in the history of the city, and it defines the role of culture in Tampere’s strategic shift in the new decade.
Tampere and Tampere Region’s bid for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026 is naturally strongly tied to the cultural strategy. The bid’s themes of equality, participation and the importance of regional cooperation are also significant starting points for the cultural strategy.
For the cultural strategy, opinions were welcomed from all the city’s residents – including children, senior citizens and even random passers-by. The strategy has also been honed in the city’s different service departments.
The strategy outlines four main goals for the City of Tampere:
- Culture Affecting Everyone
- Home of Creative People
- City of Significance
- Bigger than Its Size
These four goals translate to 1. Equal culture increasing welfare for all; 2. Creative industries enhancing the city’s vitality; 3. The vibrant urban environment improving the city’s congeniality, and 4. Internationally attractive cultural offering becoming a central part of Tampere’s appeal.
Above all, the cultural strategy is a plan of everything that Tampere wishes to be in the 2020s. Tampere and its cityscape will change significantly during the coming years, creating a need that the cultural strategy aims to fulfil. The ECoC bid and the artistic programme are supporting the realization of these goals, hence making the bidding process an important part of the implementation of the cultural strategy.
For more information on Cultural Strategy 2030, see here.