Open Call 2022

Oulu2026 is seeking partners to become part of the capital of culture programme in 2026. The Open Call 2022 is aimed at large-scale projects that take several years to prepare or carry out.

What do you think about Oulu as a European Capital of Culture 2026?

Oulu will be European Capital of Culture in 2026 along with 32 other Northern Finnish municipalities. The role of European Capital of Culture is important for the entire nation and Finnish culture, as the eyes of Europe will turn to the North. Oulu2026 will offer diverse, inspiring and unique contents already before the culmination of events in 2026.

Oulu is the European Capital of Culture 2026!

The Finnish city of Oulu will be the European Capital of Culture in 2026. Together with 32 municipalities from Northern Finland, we want to bring more culture and wellbeing, create new jobs and develop our region in a sustainable way. Our main goal is to start a cultural climate change, helping us to reconnect with each other through culture.

About Oulu


We aim for Cultural Climate Change

Inspiring. Sustainable. European. That is our vision for the
Oulu 2026 cultural programme. A vision which meets our goal of sustainable Cultural Climate Change.

Who we are

The Oulu Cultural Foundation is the coordinator behind Oulu2026. The foundation develops Oulu as a city of culture and events, and promotes the preconditions for artists and the cultural sector, both nationally and internationally.