Tampere is preparing a long-term cultural strategy in cooperation with residents and cultural actors

The Opening Ceremony of the Capital of Culture bid

Tampere is preparing a long-term cultural strategy in cooperation with residents and cultural actors

Tampere and the Tampere Region are applying to become a European Capital of Culture in 2026. As part of the bidding process, Tampere is developing a cultural strategy through 2030. The objective is to strengthen the cultural viewpoint in urban development and bring perseverance to the cultural activities of the city community. The strategy is developed in cooperation with residents and cultural communities.

“The cultural strategy will specify the cultural perspective in the strategic change of Tampere. The purpose of the strategy is to find ways to develop the prerequisites of an experience-oriented and attractive city of culture as well as to enhance culture’s ability to respond to the big phenomenas of the future. The strategy aims to take into consideration all forms of culture from the most basic cultural activities to architecture and grand events. The strategy is based on plans and reports that have already been made in Tampere,” says Jaakko Laurila, Development Manager of the culture and leisure services of Tampere.

The cultural strategy was developed during the spring as part of an event tour and stakeholder events connected with Tampere and the Tampere Region’s European Capital of Culture 2026 application. Thoughts and opinions about the strengths and development areas of the Tampere region as a city of culture have been collected from children, young people and senior citizens as well as local actors in the culture field. Planning continued during the spring and early summer with cultural actors and employees of the city from different sectors and also at resident events organised in Pirkanmaa municipalities. The strategy will go through political decision making during the autumn.

The online survey that mapped out the strengths and development areas of Tampere and Pirkanmaa was open on the Tampere 2026 website until 15 June 2019. People who took the survey also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle to win local cultural prizes. Associations supported by the City of Tampere were sent a separate online survey.

The next time a Finnish city will be designated a European Capital of Culture is in 2026. Tampere is bidding to become the Capital of Culture together with its primary partner municipality Mänttä-Vilppula and with several more partner municipalities in the Pirkanmaa region. The following municipalities have already joined the campaign as partner municipalities: Hämeenkyrö, Ikaalinen, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Orivesi, Parkano, Pirkkala, Pälkäne, Ruovesi, Sastamala, Valkeakoski, Vesilahti, Virrat and Ylöjärvi.


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