Finnish is a smart language. "Kulttuurin tila" means "the condition of culture". However, "tila" does not only mean "condition" but also "place". For us Finnish, it seems self-evident and natural that when speaking of the condition of culture, one also means the place at which culture is at home.

The house of literature as a place radiates energy and creates something new. The

In a protected space a robust child grows up which keeps renewing the town and the life in it. The small greenhouses of art, the rooms dedicated to literature and the visual arts, are the capillaries the town needs to breathe: New oxygen is transferred to deoxygenated blood, refreshing and reviving it.

The spaces dedicated to culture are places which distinctively manifest the life of a town. They create a city which can not be destroyed by recession or crisis.

Hannele Huovi