Caisa open call

Caisa’s open call for autumn 2023 and for the year of 2024

The main task of Cultural Centre Caisa is to promote diversity and inclusion in Helsinki through art and culture. Caisa is looking for productions to its programme, that support this task.

In our various activities, we want to reflect the diversity of the people of Helsinki by bringing out, either in themes or factors, e.g. different minorities. We strive to improve physical and mental accessibility and safety. In our activities, we put emphasis on current and opinionated, as well as community-based, collaborative and multilingual contents. We want to offer professional and original art experiences to Helsinki’s audiences.

For autumn 2023 we are looking for:

1) Ready productions and proposals in the initiation phase

Performing arts premieres and reruns, exhibitions, series (e.g. concert series, film series), festivals and concerts.

2) Participatory courses for children and families (not adults)

For the year of 2024 we are looking for:

1) Productions already in preparation and proposals in the initiation phase

Performing arts premieres and visual art exhibitions.

With this call, we are not looking for international visiting productions.

Application time:
10.-30.10.2022 by 11.59 pm.

What we offer:

All productions selected for Caisa's program will be provided with Caisa's facilities, technical equipment and technical personnel. We expect performing arts productions to have their own sound and/or light design. To facilitate cooperation, a Caisa producer will be assigned to each production, who will be responsible for managing this production for the house. Fees and other costs are negotiated with each production separately before the contract is signed. In terms of communications, all productions under Caisa’s program will be featured on the house’s website, with more specific measures being negotiated with our sector’s communications service. We also expect our production partner to invest in communication and marketing. You can visit Caisa's premises and get acquainted with our technical equipment in advance on our website.

Possible forms of cooperation

Listed below are four different forms of cooperation. Think about which of them would suit your production best. The final form of cooperation will be negotiated before the agreement is finalized.

a) The production needs a venue and technical facilities, in which case performance fees are covered in other ways, e.g. with a grant, etc.

b) In addition to the venue and technical facilities, the production requires a financial input in the performance fees.

c) The Production wishes that Caisa covers all performance fees.

d) Caisa pays a fixed sales price for the production (we cannot cover, for example, all the production costs of a theatrical performance)

Caisa applies unions’ recommendations for the performance fees. If the production involves ticket sales, the distribution will be negotiated, reflecting the different forms of cooperation. Caisa also does not distribute grants, since the City of Helsinki's Cultural Promotion Service's grant unit is responsible for it. More information: www.hel.fi

How we make decisions:

At the end of the application period, Caisa’s team will review all applications and select those productions that best meet Caisa's selection criteria for further negotiation:

- Caisa's main task of promoting diversity and inclusion
- Appeal and relevance of the content
- Professionalism of the production
- Suitability for Caisa's premises, considering the technical equipment of the house
- Suitability considering schedules

After this, the team makes the final decisions and informs the applicants:

For autumn 2023: by the end of January at the latest;
For 2024 exhibitions and premieres: by the end of April.

If your proposal is not selected this time, you will still have the opportunity to rent our premises for your use. You can find contact information for our staff from our website: caisa.fi/contactinformation

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