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Culture means expression. Culture means connection. Culture is a way for people to come together and celebrate humanity – and maybe to escape the familiar for just a while. Culture moves us, intrigues us, and, most importantly, makes us wonder ‘’why’’?

Tampere and the Tampere Region are applying to become the European Capital of Culture 2026, in order to promote what is most important to us: The people. We want to permanently enhance the quality of life and equality of our residents and use culture as our engine for change.

“What the heck is ‘’ECoC’’?”

In a nutshell, ECoC stands for European Capitals of Culture and has been one of the most recognized projects run by the European Union. For the past 30 years, the EU has chosen different European Cities to support them through valuable cultural events for one whole calendar year. The main intention of the program is to highlight the richness and diversity that our European Cities have to offer and it is a great opportunity to generate social and economic benefits.


“Ok, ok,… but what does this mean for us people here in Tampere?”

Suppose we do become European Capital of Culture 2026, you can prepare yourself for a year of next-level entertainment that gets even the laziest sloth moving. Tampere’s culture is pretty cool – but YOU deserve pretty damn awesome! Imagine funky things happening all the time, in surprising ways and unexpected locations!
The year 2026 could be a real change-maker that brings us closer together and raises awareness of how much Culture & Art can affect our general well-being.


Culture means connections between people. In our daily lives, we can all be part of the Capital of Culture project – because the community is us.

Tampere and the Tampere Region are jointly applying to become the European Capital of Culture in 2026 and we want you​ to join us. Together, we can enhance our quality of life by celebrating Tampere Region’s cultural roots, edge, and people.

“A Capital of Culture project is an opportunity to create a common Tampere cultural identity and get rid of fences between different fields of culture. It makes no sense for us to view the project as a matter for some others or to be skeptical of a “let’s see” attitude when this is precisely about us and our future.” Maria Mattila, cultural ambassador of Tampere and Tampere Region’s European Capital of Culture bid.

It is time to share our culture, art, industrial history, and natural and environmental values. It is time to create a more vital and equal Region and Finland. It is time for you to make a difference.


We want to see, value & share your beautiful art & doings and follow the inspiring creation process and hard work that stand behind them.

Tag us @tampere26 and share your story with us, using our Hashtag #tampere26

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