Here you can read all the support messages from our partners around the world.

Support to Tampere from Miskolc

Our dear Friends in Tampere,

It is our great pleasure to send our video message supporting Tampere Region European Capital of Culture Bid 2026.

We all in Miskolc wish you the very best and keep our fingers crossed.

Good luck to you!

Pál Veres, Mayor, City of Miskolc, Hungary

Warm greetings

On behalf of the whole team for Umeå European Capital of Culture 2014 we wish you all the best and good luck in your campaign for  beeing the European Capital of Culture 2026.

Warm regards,
Elisabeth Lind, on behalf of the Umeå2014-team

Elisabeth Lind, Head of Communication, Umeå2014

10 Years ESSEN/RUHR 2010 European Capital of Culture – a reason to celebrate

Being appointed the European Capital of Culture in 2010 gave us new self-confidence and inspired many people.

The whole year round we were able to show as a region: There is a charisma of culture which was able to contribute enormously to our structural transformation. To this day, many of the programmes and networks that were formed in the year of being the Capital of Culture are profitable for the region.

The slogan Change through Culture – Culture through Change represented our goal that city development is not possible without culture anymore.

Therefore, I particularly support the application of our twin city Tampere as European Capital of Culture 2026!


10 Jahre ESSEN/RUHR2010 europäische Kulturhauptstadt – das ist ein guter Grund zu feiern.

Die Auszeichnung als europäische Kulturhauptstadt RUHR.2010 hat uns als Stadt und als Region ein neues Selbstbewusstsein gegeben und gleichzeitig viele Menschen begeistert.

Wir haben ein ganzes Jahr als Region zeigen können: Es gibt eine Strahlkraft der Kultur, die viel zu unserem Strukturwandel beitragen konnte. Von vielen Formaten und Netzwerken, die im Kulturhauptstadtjahr entstanden sind, profitieren wir als Region bis heute.

Der Slogan Wandel durch Kultur – Kultur durch Wandel stand für unser Ziel, dass Stadtentwicklung ohne Kultur nicht mehr geht.

Daher unterstütze ich die Bewerbung unserer Partnerstadt Tamperes zur europäischen Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2026 ganz ausdrücklich!

Thomas Kufen , Herrn Oberbürgermeister

We fully support our sister city!

Põltsamaa is proud to support Tampere Region and Mänttä-Vilppula to become the European Capital of Culture  2026.

The region is full of life, nature, art, places to discover and experiences to offer. Great people, fantastic art, all mixed together to create a fully balanced environment for all everyday life at its best.

Thank you for being you, thank you for giving a great example.

Põltsamaa votes for Tampere region to be the European Capital of Culture  2026!


Ülle Ottokar, Culture Specialist at Põltsamaa Rural Municipality.

Art is the best bond.

How did two strangers, two cities miles apart, meet and fall in love? Art is the best bond.

In 2017, a delegation from Beijing visited Mantta-Vilppula, a city completely integrated with nature, with pure lakes, saunas, museums with rich collections, lectures by artists, and enthusiastic concerts. Friends said that this is the heart of Finland and the most beautiful city in Finland, but I said that this is the garden of Eden.

In 2018, friends from Mantta-Vilppula visited Beijing, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Hutongs, Peking Opera, Beijing duck, love of art, these common interests made us become friends, Mantta-Vilppula and Shijingshan became sister cities. A growing number of Chinese tourists, painters and musicians are hoping to visit Mantta-Vilppula, a place with forests and lakes and a strong sense of art. I wish that Mantta-Vilppula will become the European art capital, so that people from all over the world can share the natural and artistic beauty of Mantta-Vilppula.

Mrs. Si Qin, Director of foreign affairs office of Beijing shijingshan district

A European Capital of Culture also in rural areas - what a great idea!

It seems to be a crazy idea. Not a single city, but an entire region, predominantly rural structured, is applying for the title “European Capital of Culture”. We think this is a fantastic idea, especially for a country that stands for landscape, nature and sparsely populated areas like Finland like no other in Europe.

We have been working with our friends in the Pirkanmaa region for over ten years and have launched many projects together. One of the results is the town twinning between Mänttä-Vilppula and our town Simmern in Germany. Both sides could learn a lot from each other. For us, this is Europe at it´s best! We have learned from our Finnish partners, among other things, that art and culture can also be successful in the countryside and that it can be a source of inspiration for further developments.

We wish the Tampere region every success in applying for European Capital of Culture 2026. You can’t make a better choice!

Kind regards from Simmern, Germany

Achim Kistner, representative of the town Simmern/Germany for the town twinning with Mänttä-Vilppula

Good luck from Jelenia Góra!

On behalf of the citizens of Jelenia Góra, congratulations on the decision to be nominated for the European Capital of Culture 2026. We all keep our fingers crossed in Jelenia Góra, and hope to cooperate on a cultural basis.

Best regards, mayor Jerzy Łużniak and citizens of Jelenia Góra

Mayor Jerzy Łużniak, Miasto Jelenia Góra

UNESCO City of Music Norrköping support Tampere!

Greetings Tampere!
The municipality of Norrköping is proud to be a longtime partner of our “sistercity”. As a fellow post industrial city growing into a thriving city of Culture we fully support Tamperes bid as the European Capital of Culture. A vibrant, innovative city where cultural expressions melt together and are allowed to try out new arenas. As a skilled host city for global events like WOMEX 2019 we believe Tampere is well equiped to manage a year of Culture Europe will truly remember. We hope to collaborate more in the future and become a well known partner for the Tampere scene of culture – often connected to Music, film or art and media art.

Sandra Wall, Focal Point Norrköping City of Music, UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Greetings from the team of Kaunas 2022!

It would be great to have Tampere in the network of the European Capitals of Culture and produce numerous sustainable activities together.

Wishing you the best of success on your way to the title of Tampere 2026.

You are always welcome to Kaunas!

Virginija Vitkienė, Director, Kaunas 2022

Greetings from Łódź!

Warmest greetings from City of Łódź!

We keep our fingers crossed for your candidacy for the European Capital of Culture. You certainly deserve this honorable title. We value the cooperation between our cities and we are looking forward to the next joint projects.

Your friends from Łódź,

Fingers crossed for you!

We are very happy to share our contribution to Tampere’s European Capital of Culture 2026 campaign:

Our best wishes are presented on Tartu Raekoja plats in front of #TARTU2024 landmark by Kaspar Aug (Tartu 2024 Marketing Project Manager) and Erni Kask (Tartu 2024 Member of the Board).

Kalle Paas, Teabejuht / Communication & PR Manager SA Tartu 2024 / Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture

Saunaan suomalaiset!

Niin Tampereen kuin Tarton kulttuuripääkaupunkihankkeen yksi teema on sauna. Se on oleellinen osa meidän molempien kulttuuria. Tampere-majan (Tarton ja Tampereen kaupunkien yhteinen kulttuuri- ja yhteistyökeskus Tartossa) näyttelyvuosi alkoi Heli Blåfieldin näyttelyllä Saunavuoro. Suomalais-virolainen saunaseura aloitti toimintansa viime vuonna. Heillä on maaliskuussa saunamatka Tarttoon, vieraillaan Tampere-majan saunassa, Alvar Aallon suunnittelemassa Villa Tammekannin saunassa sekä Tarton yleisessä Anne-saunassa.


Jatkamme yhteistyötä myös saunomalla.

Liitteenä näyttelynavajaisvideo!

Sakari Neuvonen, Tampere Maja, toiminnanjohtaja

You Can Make It! Just Move and DANCE!

We wish all citizen of TAMPERE courage and inspiration to face yourself, be honest in your selfreflection and develop your visions to come true as European Culture Capital 2026. Move and dance, we will join and support you!

Sabrina Sadowska, Artistic Director - Ballet Chemnitz / Städtische Theater Chemnitz gGmbH

History and Smart means Future

Warm greetings from the hidden treasure of Europe, city of Olomouc, 20 – year member of UNESCO. Fingers crossed for your European Capital of Culture 2026 candidacy. Thank you for your smart inspiration. Be welcome in our unique historical town in the Czech Republic. We value are partnership. Good luck, our friends!

Mirek Zbanek - Mayor of Olomouc, Municipality of Olomouc