25.6. Jukka Takalon Kajakkiorkesteri – livestream concert

Oulu Days and Oulu2026 presents: Jukka Takalo & Kayak Orchestra: Summer evening in the Oulu river delta -livestream concert on Thursday 25th of June, at 8:00 pm.

Oulu has proceeded to the final selection phase for the title of European Capital of Culture 2026. The concert celebrates Oulu and the cultural life of all of Northern Finland.

You can watch the livestream here:

Press Conference on June 24

The first meeting of the European Capital of Culture 2026 jury will be held on 23-24 June 2020 in Helsinki. Candidate cities are invited to present their applications to the panel on 23.6.2020. The decision of the evaluation jury on the cities continuing the application procedure will be announced on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Deadline for the 1st bid book 5th of May

The call for submission of applications for the European Capital of Culture 2026 competition has been published April 1st 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than May 5th 2020. Applications shall be presented in English.

Cultural Climate Change Pitching

A pitching competition for cultural actors, communities and businesses is organised on March 12 by Oulu2026 and CULTA Project from the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The pitching competition seeks for solutions that enhance Cultural Climate Change – the main goal of Oulu’s bid for the European Capital of Culture. How can we make Oulu and other cities better places to live by the means of culture?

Usually in Oulu sales pitches have been held from the freezing ice hole but Cultural Climate Change is about warming cold cities with culture. Thus, culture people pitch their suggestions from the benches of a cultural sauna and the pitching language is English so the international jury members can understand as well. The best proposal will get 2026 euros to realise the proposal.

The pitching on March 12th at 17:30 at BusinessAsema

Pitching rules:

– You can entry to pitch as an organisation, a company or a private person
– The pitch speech must be presented from the sauna. Otherwise, the presentation can be visualized by creative means and assistants can be used. Your creativity is the only limit.
– Maximum 3 minutes
– Language: English
– Prize for the best pitch: 2026€. The prize should be invoiced, so you will need a VAT number (Y-tunnus) for invoicing.

Culture Next Meeting in Oulu 12.-14.3.2020

Oulu is a member of the international CUlture Next network. The network’s mission is to support past and present European Capital of Culture candidates in implementing culture-led city development projects. The network is led from Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

The next meeting of Culture Next is held in 12.3.-14.3. in Oulu. On Thursday 12.3., you too have a chance to join us at Valvesali to hear how to build succesful partnerships in the cultural sector and reflect them on your own operating.

The speakers include, for example, Helsinki Events Foundation’s CEO Stuba Nikula; the Chair of the Board of Education and Culture of Oulu, Satu Haapanen; Samu Forsblom, Cultural Director of Oulu; and cultural partners from both Oulu and Culture Next countries.

We start with coffee at 13:30. Seminar proper begins at 14:00.

The seminar will be in English.

Register here by 9th of May: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/culture_next

In the afternoon, Cultural Climate Change Pitching is taking place.

The event is held in collaboration with Polar Bear Pitching and the CULTA project of Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

Oulu Boost Event 9.-11.12.2019: Upscaling Digital Solutions in Cities

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU underlines the importance of upscaling digital solutions – Digitalisation best practices will be explored in Oulu Boost Event 2019. Oulu2026 is organising a pre event that focuses on ”Digitalization and Creative Industries”. Keynote speakers are Visual Artist Hannu Töyrylä and Antonio Nicoletti from City of Matera. Read more here.