Tampere Region Capital of Culture bid enters a new phase

The Tampere Region Capital of Culture bid is entering the final stage. The project is now fully focusing on writing the final stage application. This final bid book must be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Culture by 23 April 2021.

Personnel changes are also taking place in the Tampere search project. The contract of Juha Hemánus, who served as artistic director, expires at the turn of the year. Claire Delhom will start as a project secretary.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Juha on this project. Visions and creativity are the core from which the energy of such a massive project arises. Building a European dimension and creating networks are extremely important for success”, says Perttu Pesä, project director of the Tampere bid project.

“”It’s been great to bring all my passion and the specific fields of my expertise, art, experience and design thinking, ecological concerns and social improvement, for use in this project. Running for the European Capital of Culture is worth it, not just for the sake of culture itself but the development of the whole society”, says Juha Hemánus.

“In terms of artistic management, we are moving to a combination in which the Artistic Board brings a wide range of expertise to all activities”, says Perttu Pesä.

Claire Delhom has started as a project secretary. Delhom is a French art management professional who has lived in Finland for seven years. Her duties include e.g. developing co-operation with European partners.

The new team selected in the fall of 2020 will otherwise continue as before.

In addition to project manager Perttu Pesä, Maria Peräinen will continue in the team as a municipal coordinator, Satu Keltanen and Ilona Kyykoski as producers and Päivi Harri and Kirsi Mustalahti as project coordinators.

In addition, Sipriina Ritaranta, a production co-worker with the project’s main partner, Mänttä-Vilppula, will continue as a producer. The communications coordinator is Seppo Roth.

Tampere is one of three Finnish cities competing for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026. Tampere’s competitors are Oulu and Savonlinna.

At the end of the second phase of the application process, a panel of twelve European experts will take a decision on the European Capital of Culture 2026 in early summer 2021.

With Tampere, 19 municipalities in Pirkanmaa are applying for the title.