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

Will Tampere become the European Capital of Culture in 2026? We will find out on June 2, 2021, when the international jury will announce its final decision.

By now, only the pre-selection of candidate cities has been made. The first meeting of the International European Capital of Culture 2026 panel was held on 16th of June and June 23–24, 2020 in Helsinki.

The jury evaluated the applications of Oulu, Savonlinna and Tampere and heard the presentations of the cities. The jury’s recommendation was that all three cities proceed to the second and decisive round.

Now is the time for further development of applications. Cities will have until 23rd of April 2021 to develop and refine their applications. This work is based on feedback of the panel.

Two to four members of the panel will pay a one-day visit to the shortlisted cities just before
the final selection meeting (May 2021), in order to obtain more background information on the respective
bids. Representatives of the European Commission and the Ministry will accompany the panel
members as observers.

And finally, the European Capital of Culture for 2026 will be chosen at the jury meeting on June 2, 2021 in Helsinki.