The Spot-lit Literary Tourism development programme has been launched in Kainuu in Northern Finland, as the first four workshops have been carried out around the region.
Spot-lit is a new three-year project that aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region by supporting the organisations and businesses in this culturally-rich region to grow collaborate and better engage audiences together. Literary Tourism is an emerging niche sector within the wider cultural tourism sector, where places with literary heritage offer author and fiction-related literary tourism opportunities along with opportunities arising from literary festivals, trails and book shops.Funded by Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, the regions participating in the Spot-lit programme area are Western Ireland, Northern Ireland, Eastern Finland and South-West Scotland.
All share a number of common features such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change.
Collectively, the region is home to world-class literary icons and landscapes, however, research suggests there is potential for this sector to work together and grow significantly. Current low levels of joined-up literary tourism activity in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region make it a sector that is ripe for development.
Spot-lit addresses the need for shared development and marketing of existing assets and the development of new ones, which respond to emerging literary and cultural consumer needs. This will result in a better cultural tourism offering and deliver greater economic impact than projects developed in national isolation.
The programme will include the development of a cluster network across the regions, a series of support workshops, the development of 20 new literary products or services and shared learning and transnational marketing.
In the centre of Kajaani,is the most northern stone castle in the world. It was built in the 17th century on the eastern border region of the kingdom in a remote wilderness.
The Kainuu Museum is the provincial museum of the Kainuu region. The museum basic exhibition presents the history and culture of Kainuu from prehistory to the mid-20th century.
Kajaani Art Museum is open in the former police station designed by Eino Pitkänen and a grand showpiece of pure functionalism from 1936.
Wild Taiga is located on Finland’s eastern border, in and around Kuhmo and Suomussalmi.
The Mustarinda House is situated on the second highest summit in the Kainuu region, adjacent to the north-east edge of the Paljakka Nature Reserve.
Eino Leino was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry.
The oldest building in Kajaani city centre is the old city hall, built in 1831.
Ilmari Kianto, also known as Ilmari Calamnius and Ilmari Iki-Kianto, was a Finnish author. He is best known for his books Punainen viiva and Ryysyrannan Jooseppi.