Tampere26 - Equally European

Tampere26 congratulates Oulu2026, the next Finnish Capital of Culture! We here in Tampere Region move forward to realize our Plan B under the title "Operation Pirkanmaa" during the years 2022-2024. The Tampere26 bidding process is documented on this site.

Equally European! Here you can the final bid book of Tampere26

The concept of our application was Equally European. Equally European was our ambitious attempt to reach out to Europe, using equality and culture to bind us together as Europeans.

Read Tampere’s bid book here
Photo: Ville Salervo, villesalervo.com

All news throughout the bidding process

Continuity for the International Cooperation: Slow Travel Performance from Tampere to Chemnitz

Operation Pirkanmaa implements the objectives of the Tampere26 bid during the years 2022–2024

We did not get the title of Capital of Culture, but the project continues – with a limited version

A Disappointment for Tampere but the Work Hasn’t Been for Nothing: ”We Are More Unified Than Ever”

“Warm congratulations to the winner” – Oulu was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2026

Tampere26 application – European Dimension

Inside the Cultural Programme of Tampere26: Moomin on Ice

Photo by Visit Tampere / Laura Vanzo

Inside the Cultural Programme of Tampere26: Skate-friendly Cities

Manserama. Photo by Visit Tampere / Laura Vanzo

Inside the Cultural Programme of Tampere26: ACCAC Equality Fest

K-Wheel Dance Project. Photo by ACCAC

The panel visited Tampere – This is what they saw

Inside the Cultural Programme of Tampere26: Plastic Rapids

Photo by Henrika Nieminen

Inside the Cultural Programme of Tampere26: Special eSports World Championships

Special eSport competition at Wärjäämö.

About the project

Tampere and the Tampere Region were applying together to become the next European Capital of Culture 2026. Our aim was to create an European case study on how to increase equality through culture.

Read more about our Capital of Culture bid
Trail of Light. Photo: Visit Tampere / Laura Vanzo


The most important tools of the Capital of Culture are culture and the arts. In our Cultural Programme, we paid special attention to how we translate equality into cultural projects.

Read more about our themes
Photo: Olli-Pekka Latvala

Leaflet “Towards the European Capital of Culture” (published spring 2021)

Tips for visiting Tampere and the Tampere Region

Restaurant recommendations, activities, events … You can find these and many other tips for the Tampere Region on the Visit Tampere website.


Buildings along the Tammerkoski rapids. Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

Thank you, all our great supporters!

Find out what our international supporters have to say about Tampere.

Read all the support messages from our partners around the world