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Subscribe to our Newsletter and get updates on local cultural personalities, stories, press releases and opportunities for international artists.

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

 

Latest

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Nelli Milan

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Nelli Milan

Our Cultural Personality of the Week is Nelli Milan, a singer-songwriter and producer. Music and writing songs are something Nelli has been passionate about from a very early age – it is a natural way for her to make sense of her experiences and the world around her....

Congratulations European Capital of Culture Novi Sad, Kaunas and Esch

Congratulations European Capital of Culture Novi Sad, Kaunas and Esch

The European Capitals of Culture of 2022 in Kaunas (Lithuania), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Esch (Luxembourg) will celebrate their opening in the coming weeks. Novi Sad will officially open the European Capital of Culture on 13 January with the opening play Zeniteum: 2022....

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Peltokurki Duo

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Peltokurki Duo

Our cultural personality of the week is the Peltokurki duo which is formed by Anna Peltomaa and Emma Kurkinen. Both of them are music creators and entrepreneurs in the creative industries. Anna and Emma have been making music together since 2016 and they released...

Piia Rantala-Korhonen and Samu Forsblom Selected to Lead the Foundation

Piia Rantala-Korhonen and Samu Forsblom Selected to Lead the Foundation

Piia Rantala-Korhonen has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Oulu Cultural Foundation and Samu Forsblom as the Programmer Director of the Foundation. The Oulu Cultural Foundation's Board made an unanimous decision regarding these selections. Oulu will...

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: The Vaara Collective

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: The Vaara Collective

Our Cultural Personality of the Week is the Vaara Collective. Vaara is an independent team of practitioners and artist collective in the performing arts from Kajaani, active since 2014. Vaara’s activities include premieres, applied art, and events. The collective...

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Luovat Askeleet

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Luovat Askeleet

  Our Cultural Personality of the Week is Luovat askeleet, a multiprofessional, cross-disciplinary artistic group comprised of Johanna Aromaa, Pauliina Lappi, Päivi Mettovaara, and Merja Männikkö. The working group weaves dance, music, community art, pedagogy,...

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Marko Karvonen

Oulu2026 Cultural Personality: Marko Karvonen

Our cultural personality of the week is Marko Karvonen, 52-years-old enthusiast and inspirer from Kajaani who identifies themselves as a person of Kainuu by birth and heart. Marko recently started as Sotkamo's new Cultural Producer, and looks forward to the extensive...

We are hiring: Chief executive officer, Oulu Cultural Foundation

We are hiring: Chief executive officer, Oulu Cultural Foundation

Oulu will be the European Capital of Culture in 2026. Our guiding theme is cultural climate change, which combines things in surprising ways, creates encounters and creates interaction. The ultimate goal is a city bursting with creativity, a vibrant and enchanting...

We are hiring: Programme Director, Oulu Cultural Foundation

Oulu will be the European Capital of Culture in 2026. Our guiding theme is cultural climate change, which combines things in surprising ways, creates encounters and creates interaction. The ultimate goal is a city bursting with creativity, vibrant and enchanting. The...