Audience Development in European Capitals of Culture

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Valvesali, Cultural Centre Valve (Hallituskatu 7) - Oulu
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European Capitals of Culture aim to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy art and culture. This seminar will focus on audience development from the viewpoint of artists. Examples are heard from Galway and Oulu. The seminar will end with a panel discussion incorporating different stakeholders.


8.30–9.00      Coffee served at Valvesali


9.00–9.15      Welcome – Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Director of Oulu2026

9.15–9.30      Role of Culture in Irish Co-operation – Maeve Collins, Irish Ambassador

9.30–9.45      Irish Festival of Oulu – Brent Ó Caiside, Festival Director


9.45–11.00    Examples of Audience Engagement in Galway and Oulu

Niceol Blue, Professional Musician & Founding Member, Galway Buskers’
Community, Galway

Órla McGovern, Performing Artist, Artistic Director at Moth & Butterfly, Galway

TBC, Artist, Oulu

Katri Tenetz, Head of Children’s Culture, Oulu

Olli Rantala, Head of Planning, Oulu


11.00–11.20  Break


11.20–11.40  Supporting Artists’ Mobility in Traditional and New Environments – Eva-Maria Hakola,
Head of Development, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

11.40–12.45  Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Samu Forsblom, Program Director of Oulu2026

Panelists: Órla McGovern, Katri Tenetz, Olli Rantala, Eva-Maria Hakola
& Nada Ní Chuirrín, Professional Dancer and Dance teacher, Galway


13.00             Lunch concert Óró
After the seminar participants can eat lunch at Konst O. Deli (for 10,80€) and
enjoy some Irish music. Read more about the concert here.

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