Open Call 2022: We are accepting applications!

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. Submit your proposal by 9th Dec 2022.

Welcome to Oulu!

Our city is often referred as the Capital of Northern Scandinavia. Oulu is located by the Gulf of Bothnia around 600 kilometres north of Helsinki, with a population of roughly 210,000 inhabitants. You can reach Oulu in less than an hour by flight, but if you’re planning a more scenic route through Finland, make sure you reserve several hours!  

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.