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

The meeting of the cultural operators in Hiedanranta

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

Tampere and the Tampere Region are applying together to become a European Capital of Culture in 2026. As part of the bidding process, we are organising idea innovation events that act as the basis for creating themes for the project. On 8 May 2019, we invited local cultural operators to Hiedanranta to discuss the opportunities of culture.

The accessibility of culture was raised as an important theme

The most important result of the meeting was the discussions that the cultural operators had based on 11 different themes. The discussions brought up the close connection between internationality and underground culture, for example. They also discussed digitalisation, remote participation and climate change from culture’s point of view. Using public transportation and closer cooperation between different operators to increase the accessibility of culture also generated discussion. The discussion also gave birth to concrete ideas under the themes, such as concepts for new events. Mutual networking was important to operators and they considered our event as a good framework for it.

Approximately 120 people from different cultural sectors in Tampere and the Tampere Region participated in the event. The event was opened by Deputy Mayor Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki. The Capital of Culture bid was introduced by Creative Director Juha Hemanus, Executive Producer Eija Oravuo and Satu Vuorinen, the Head of International Affairs of the City of Tampere. The event also featured a speech by chairman Teemu Grönlund from Kaarikoirat ry and a music performance by artist Pekko Käppi & K.H.H.L. The participants had the opportunity to visit the skating hall of Kaarikoirat and the Kuivaamo murals and graffiti with guidance from Matti Lankinen.

The material generated in the event discussions will be used in planning the cultural strategy of the City of Tampere.

Further information

  • Tampere and Tampere Region's Capital of Culture 2026 bid
  • Production Coordinator
  • Emma Laurinolli
  • +358 44 4811 470