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Although our journey is still in its early phases, we will send our latest stories to our subscribers once a month.

Interested in volunteering?

We welcome all participants to register as volunteers, aka Cultural Ambassadors, Currently the volunteer work is limited and focuses mainly in communication tasks. Participating to events and production-related work will take place closer to 2026, but feel free to leave your contacts already now so we can reach out to our network as our programme starts to take shape.

For more information:

Heli Metsäpelto
Community Manager
heli.metsapelto@oulu2026.eu

 

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Combining Art and Technology for Oulu2026

Combining Art and Technology for Oulu2026

The fairy tale wall is a large interactive touch screen that creates a magical immersive space for children. In addition to watching and getting involved with a fairy tale, the screen has an option to create a snowstorm, make waves in a river, build a pile of colourful autumn leaves and even chase northern lights – all that simply by drawing with fingers. There’s also a panel where users can play musical instruments. What makes the screen even more unique is that you don’t even have to touch it: the surface is so sensitive that it reacts to hand waves.

Oulu2026 lounge offers free multicultural performances and live music during Qstock festival weekend

Oulu2026 lounge offers free multicultural performances and live music during Qstock festival weekend

The traditional Qstock Festival takes place in late July, but this year the festival features also free-entry Oulu2026 park in Linnansaari from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th July. The park is located near the Qstock festival area offering visitors a relaxing place to enjoy festival and culture atmosphere free of charge. 
Oulu2026 Producer Heikki Myllylahti tells us that the Oulu2026 programme for the park is now ready for publication!

Globally local

Globally local

The travel and event management specialist Go Arctic is the latest business to join the Arctic Food Lab network. Established in 2008, the enterprise is owned by Sipe Åqvist together with Kirsi Eskola. Åqvist says that sourcing locally has always been at the heart of...

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Jetta Huttunen

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Jetta Huttunen

The eighth ART Ii Biennial that took place this June featured ecologically sustainable environmental and sculpture art for the northern environment within the areas of significant cultural heritage in Ii and the Ii Environmental Art Park. Involved in the ART Ii Biennial organisation since 2018, Jetta hails from Oulu but has also lived in Lapland for long periods of time.

“A noisy village is a living village”

“A noisy village is a living village”

The first ever whole-weekend Maakinen Martinniemi (the Magical Martinniemi) festival took place this June. The event’s host, Jukka Takalo, says that a multi-artistic community event is extremely important for the entire region. The event was first launched in 2009 when Takalo and J.A. Mäki came up with the idea of staging a cultural event in the controversial Kurtinhauta seaside area.

Art Ii Biennial 2022 presents: Oulu2026 In the Air

Art Ii Biennial 2022 presents: Oulu2026 In the Air

In the Air – Felt by a number of people to be happening, or about to happen. In co-operation with the Oulu2026 –organisation the Art Ii Biennial will present an afternoon of art and art/science discussions in Ii, Thursday 16th June. The event will highlight the art...

Finnish folk music and dance celebrations on May 14th

Folk music and folkdance day is celebrated again on May 14th in Finland. Are you interested in Finnish folk music and folk dance, curious to find out more about the "kantele", the "jouhikko" or national costumes in Finland? What on earth is a "mänkeri" and how many...