Tampere is looking to become the European Capital of Culture in 2026, and the application process will be launched with a public event in the industrial Hiedanranta venue on Saturday 30 March 2019. The event starts at 12:00 p.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m.
The Capital of Culture campaign, which is a joint effort of Tampere and 14 municipalities in the Pirkanmaa region, welcomes all inhabitants of the region to an opening event in Kuivaamo and the skateboarding hall at Hiedanranta. Admission is free, and the locations will be filled with exciting experiences and with activities that encourage participation. Award-winning kantele player Ida Elina will give her renditions of pop classics, the wind octet of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra will go wild with Mozart’s opera music and fire art group Flamma will illuminate the colourful setting at Hiedanranta. Everybody can test their skills in the skateboarding hall with the guidance of Kaarikoirat and leave their mark in a collective work of street art. Families with children will be entertained by popular musical duo Höpinätötterö. The day will end with the silent film Lost World from 1925 and enchanting musical accompaniment played by the six-person ensemble Maajo.
PROGRAMME ON 30 MARCH 2019
12:00 p.m. The event begins
12:30 p.m. Höpinätötterö: music for children (upstairs)
1.30 p.m. Opening of the Capital of Culture bidding process (downstairs):
Mozart’s overture to opera, the wind octet of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Opening of the Capital of Culture bidding process, Mayor Lauri Lyly
Introduction to the bid for the Capital of Culture, Creative Director Juha Hemánus
2:00 p.m. The wind octet of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra: opera music by Mozart
2:30 p.m. Panel on culture
4:00 p.m. Ida Elina: concert (upstairs)
5:00 p.m. Flamma: fire art performance (outdoors)
5:30 p.m. Maajo: silent film Lost World from the programme of Loud Silents 2018
8:00 p.m. Doors close
During the event, participants can attend a street art workshop and a skateboarding school, among other activities. The energetic secretary of the forest company, Mrs Ölander, from the year 1951 will represent the Serlachius museums.