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Tampere Capital of Culture application enters second stage under new leadership

Published 9.7.2020 14.41

Tampere and 19 municipalities in the surrounding region continue to the second stage in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026. The second stage of the Capital of Culture application is being prepared by a new application team.

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Perttu Pesä, Director of Events for the City of Tampere, will take over the position of project manager for the second stage on 1 August 2020. Juha Hemanus, who served as the creative director in the first application stage, will continue to lead the program work in the second stage.

The fixed-term positions for the second stage were submitted for application; all in all, 165 applications were received. All positions have now been filled. As of 1 August, Maria Peräinen will start in the application team as the municipal coordinator, Satu Keltanen and Ilona Kyykoski as producers and Päivi Harri and Kirsi Mustalahti as project coordinators. In addition, Sipriina Ritaranta, production coordinator, will continue as a member of the team in a shared position with the main municipal partner, Mänttä-Vilppula. Eija Oravuo, who served as a project manager and team leader in the first stage, has decided to return to her position at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in the autumn. The position of communications planner is open to applications. In the second stage, the number of people in the application team will increase by about one person-year compared to the first stage.

“We are now moving on to the critical second stage in the application process, so the diverse expertise and competencies of the application team are key. It is great that we will be able to use Perttu Pesä’s international and national event expertise from both the cultural and sports side of the project," says Anna-Kaisa Heinämäki, Director of Competitiveness.

The international jury decided that in addition to Tampere, the other two Finnish applicants, Oulu and Savonlinna, will continue into the second round. The second stage of the application process includes the extension and further development of the bid book and the visit of the jury to the applicant cities. The second stage will culminate in the spring of 2021 with the selection of the European Capital of Culture 2026.