Preparations for the new cultural programme begin in Nokia

Preparations for the Nokia City Culture Programme have begun. The programme, which will be completed next spring, will be worked on in various ways together with local residents, decision-makers and cultural actors.

The culture programme determines how Nokia’s city goals, e.g. the activity and well-being of local residents, the vitality of the city, ecology and courage can be realised in the field of culture, such as in the library, in the cultural education of children and young people or in city events. The liveliness and cultural heritage of the city centre are also part of the cultural activities programme.

– One of the key objectives in the preparation of the cultural programme is stronger cooperation between the various industries and actors in the city. We want to make the city’s cultural services and the activities they promote, more inclusive and user-oriented, thus better serving Nokia’s residents and visitors to the city. Cooperation is also important outside the city and regionally, for example through the implementation of ‘Plan B’ in relation to the Tampere Capital of Culture project. We hope that participatory programming will provide a mandate to revitalise Nokia’s culture – whatever this means in diversity terms – to meet the needs of Nokia and its people who are in a period of great upheaval and growth, says Asta Engström, Leisure Director.

Enabling greater access to art and culture for all kinds of people and improving the opportunities for action in this field are key parts of the new law governing municipal cultural activities which Nokia is now implementing. At the same time, the new programme will support Nokia’s urban strategy update.

– A lot has been achieved in terms of cultural activities in recent years, notes Kirsi Siltanen, the MDI expert who supports the programming.The new programme will address, for example, issues such as those arising from the pandemic particularly in relation to well-being as well as position and roles of the actors in the arts and culture sector, Siltanen suggests.

The preparatory work is led by a cross-administrative working group which includes, in addition to representatives of leisure services and Education Center Pirkan opisto, a welfare coordinator, a director of basic security and a director of land use.

Additional information

Asta Engström, Leisure Director 040 7799 068

Kirsi Siltanen, expert, MDI 040 667 4678