We're in the finals!

Riku Suokas, Lauri Lyly, Jaakko Stenhäll, Paulina Ahokas among others were giving high fives when the Tampere success was announced.

This will keep you up to date on how the Tampere Capital of Culture bid is progressing

Tampere and 19 municipalities of Pirkanmaa are applying for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2026. There are still many years to go, but how does the bid progress and how do you stay on the map in its various stages?

Here are some tips:

Follow us on Facebook. The Capital of Culture search page on Facebook is tampereregion2026. Join the crowd and like and follow our page. There we report the latest situations and also share other news about Tampere and Pirkanmaa. Most of the updates are bilingual, written in finnish and english.

Follow us on Twitter. On Twitter we put news first in a concise format. Our Twitter page is @Tampere2026Team. Part of the updates are written both in finnish and english.

Follow us on Instagram. We put fun moods and nice tips from Pirkanmaa on Instagram. We update our instance account TampereRegion2026 mostly in English, because we also have an international audience.

Use our hashtag. Our hashtag is #TampereRegion2026. For example, when you tweet something about Pirkanmaa culture, it would be great if our tags were included, thank you!

Subscribe to the newsletter. The Capital of Culture bid sends a newsletter to those interested about 1-2 times a month. You can order it from this link. Sorry, newsletter is only in finnish.

Read our website. You are currently reading the bid website https://tampere26.fi/en/. Basically, the site contains all the information about the bid.

What exactly is this whole search project about? The answer to this can be found, for example, on our About page.

In summary, the application process proceeds as follows:

  • To date, pre-selection of candidate cities has taken place. The first meeting of the International European Capital of Culture 2026 panel was held on 16 June. and June 23–24, 2020 Helsinki Central Library in Oodi, 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.
  • Next is the time for further development of applications. The cities have until April 23, 2021 to develop and refine their applications. The development work is based on the jury’s feedback on the application books.
  • And finally, the European Capital of Culture for 2026 will be chosen at the jury meeting on June 2, 2021 in Helsinki.