Katariina Pylsi in the middle of Sastamala Flower Meadows.

Flower Meadows are now part of the cultural program – there are more special surprises on the list

Flower meadows are a phenomenon of Sastamala. It is a simple invention: flowers are sown in the fields for all citizens to see and also to pick for free. People love them – and pollinators.

Decorative flower mixture “Diana” includes several type of flowers. There are more than 10 hectares of flowers in the area. The area whereb the flowers have been sown used to be municipal wastelands.

The fields have been a huge success. Katariina Pylsy, Sastamala’s rural director, praises the good effect  of the fields:

“Even a small block on the side of the cereal fields brings communality. It’s wonderful when parents bring in children and the children’s eyes brighten as they pick flowers. It’s so awesome that you won’t realize it until you’re there in the field. ”

Now Sastamala Flower Meadows are also part of the planned Capital of Culture year program for Tampere and Pirkanmaa in 2026. They are part of a certain regional flagship project and can be found in the cultural program outlined in the application book on page 23:

“Flower Meadows of Sastamala shows the importance and pure delight new, surprising flower fields in everyday environments provide us. People love wildflowers and we all can train to do the planting. ”


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But how do Flower Meadows relate to the cultural program? The answer can already be found in the introduction to the application book, which ends with a strong declaration:

“We’ll make culture the engine of social and ecological change.”

According to the declaration, we live here close to nature and “we want to raise ecological awareness across Europe.”

The search book states that “In our cultural program, we show how nature is inseparable from culture – tying our proximity to nature with ecological awareness and the arts”.

More information on flower fields, the “bee highway”, flower beds, butterfly bars and wild herbs can be found in the Tampere Region bid book published on our website on page 23. If you prefer the main points of the book in Finnish, you can also find a summary in Finnish.

The book is worth reading. There you will find quite exciting insights into the Capital of Culture year program.

There you find innovations like what if private saunas would be opened to guests. What about the European Black Sausage Festival? The well-known Moro trailer flea market will be expanded into a nationwide event. There are also eSports Olympics, senior graffiti workshops, gatherings of freak festivals, village parties across Pirkanmaa and living room art.

What next?

A bid book published online is the pre-selection application for the European Capital of Culture. Based on that, an international panel of experts qualified Tampere for the “final competition”, for which that application must be expanded, deepened and concretized into a ready-made program draft.

For the first phase, almost a thousand program ideas were received for processing. The cultural program which is, of course, the actual core of the Capital of Culture project, was compiled from these ideas.

The first application included about 90 program titles, which means that the qualification has been tough. The second search book will certainly include quite a large number of them, but of course some will drop out and new, ingenious additions will come into the program.

The second phase application book will be completed next April. The final selection of the 2026 Capital of Culture will be made in early June next year.

PS. If you are interested, you can also get acquainted with the search books of competing cities. Savonlinna published its application book in its entirety. Oulu only published a summary of the application book.

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Katariina Pylsy pictured in the middle of Sastamala Flower Meadows.