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.
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.
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
– 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.
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.
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.