Oulu is an active city full of culture. Numerous theatres, museums and exhibitions delight culture enthusiasts throughout the year. Classical music lovers are sure to enjoy the concerts of the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, for example, and rock and light music fans are treated with frequent club gigs. During the summer, various outdoor events and summer theatres extend the cultural offering even further.
Traditional art is complemented by new city culture trends – game culture and film and media arts are all well represented.
The City of Oulu owns the seven biggest cultural institutions: the City Theatre, City Library, Oulu Museum of Art, Northern Ostrobothnia Museum, Oulu Symphony, Cultural Centre Valve and Science Centre Tietomaa.
Several amateur and private companies and guest performers enhance the city's cultural diversity.