Our cultural personality for this week is Aki Heiskanen, the municipal manager of Hailuoto, who is interested in communality and well-being. Heiskanen’s hobbies include pilates, knitting and playing the guitar, and he is interested in culture broadly in all its forms. “I’m an active festival goer”, Heiskanen says.
How does your life look like and feel now, during these exceptional times?
“Life is different. I want to see the positive sides of things, and this covid period has enabled me to relax at home. There is uncertainty about things but Hailuoto is a good place to be, even during these exceptional times.”
How does Oulu look like through your eyes right now?
“Oulu looks good in my eyes. There are many good development projects going on in tourism, construction, land use, traffic and of course in the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) project. Hailuoto has participated in many of these developmental fields and so they will contribute also to Hailuoto’s development.”
Oulu, together with 32 other municipalities in northern Finland, is bidding for the title of European Capital of Culture. What makes our region the best candidate for the title?
“The group of participants for the European Capital of Culture project is broad. The themes of the project combine nature and the city as well as playing with different forms of light in an interesting way. Our strength is the diverse nature and the way we present it. The region has a lot of historical traditions and strong culture which will be displayed and given the attention they deserve by the capital of culture. We have a lot of new things to show!”
Send your regards to the Oulu of 2026, when we are the European Capital of Culture
“Go us! Let’s be proud of our achievements for the benefit of this shared project.”