The Tampere Region’s European Capital of Culture 2026 bid is getting a new municipal partner. On Monday 23rd of September, the municipality of Urjala decided to join the bid.
Urjala has a rich cultural heritage. Nationally it is very well known as a birthplace of Väinö Linna, one of the most remarkable Finnish novelists. The important literary festival Pentinkulman päivät, takes also place in Urjala.
After the decision of Urjala, there are a total of eighteen municipalities bidding together: Tampere, Mänttä-Vilppula, Nokia, Ylöjärvi, Pirkkala, Kangasala, Orivesi, Ruovesi, Pälkäne, Hämeenkyrö, Valkeakoski, Ikaalinen, Lempäälä, Parkano, Sastamala, Virrat, Vesilahti and now also Urjala.
Tampere Region is applying to become the European Capital of Culture for the year 2026, when one of the two capitals of culture will be from Finland. The competitors of Tampere are Oulu and Savonlinna. Many cities from eastern Finland, like Kuopio and Mikkeli, have joined the Savonlinna bid.
The final decision will be made in 2021 by a European jury.