Tampere and the Tampere Region are together applying to become a European Capital of Culture and we want you to join us. We want to permanently increase the quality of life of our residents and strengthen the Tampere Region’s cultural expression without forgetting the international aspect. Inform, discuss, comment - be part of our journey!
City of Tampere provides many kind of cultural and leisure activities that are open to all residents of Tampere and to visitors. People come to enjoy Tampere's interesting museums and various cultural events and outdoor and recreational activities even from far away.
On these pages you will find information on diverse events and cultural programmes, museums, concerts, sports and exercise facilities, beaches, skiing routes, and rambling and recreation sites.
Tampere Jazz Happening takes place from Thursday to Sunday
The Tampere Jazz Happening begins on Thursday, 31st October. The opening concert of the festival is free of charge for the audiences and includes performances by three exquisite French ensembles: Melusine, Three Days of Forest, and House of Echo.
Finland’s first European Council remembered in Tampere
It marks 20 years since the European Council held a special meeting on 15 and 16 October 1999 in Tampere. In retrospect, the view of the experts has been that the summit of Tampere was one of the most important ones in European history. Under the leadership of Paavo Lipponen, who served as Prime Minister during Finland’s Presidency in 1999, the summit of Tampere aimed for the construction of a common space of freedom, security and justice for the European Union.
Tampere Festival of Light illuminates the city for 156 days
Tampere Festival of Light illuminates the streets of the Tampere city centre once again during the darkest season. This year, the Festival of Light was opened earlier than usual, on 5 October, to celebrate the City of Tampere’s 240th anniversary. The Festival of Light continues until 8 March 2020. Tampere Festival of Light is celebrated for the 54th time this year.