TINFO e-News | Spring 2016 | Theatre News from Finland

















Eleven hours of theatre to make one think

The trilogy, produced by Finnish Nya Rampen and the Swedish group Institutet and directed by Markus Öhrn, studies the decay of the western way of thinking, and it will climax with the performance of the entire series in Poland and France in May 2016.

The trilogy will open the newly-renovated facilities of the famous Nowy Teatr in Warsaw on Saturday, May 7. Théâtre de Gennevilliers (T2G), located near Paris, can be characterized as kind of a “return to the crime scene”. Back in the day it was the site of the performance of the first part of the series, Conte d’Amour, for which the group became famous (2011). Before the marathon performance on May 28, the third part Bis Zum Tod will be performed five times in Gennevilliers.

The second part of the performance series, We Love Africa and Africa Loves Us, will continue where Conte d’Amour left off: the family escapes sadistic Joseph Fritzl only to end up in a different darkness, the post-colonial European reality in Africa. One co-producer of the trilogy is the Finnish contemporary theatre festival Baltic Circle. And how is the group feeling about the stamina-demanding performances in the spring?

“Last May all three were performed in a row in Malmö and it was an important experience both for us and the audience. It will be great to get to perform them again, I’m really looking forward to it,” says actor Rasmus Slätis. “In Malmö, it was great to work through things and spend 11 hours together with a very interested audience.”

The members of the group are currently working in their own sectors. Slätis is directing and performing with Andriana Seecker in the performance called The One and the Many in Lüzern, Switzerland. The artistic advisor of the production is actor-director Anders Carlsson from Sweden, who at the beginning of the year started work as the Professor of Acting in the Swedish-speaking department in the Theatre Academy Helsinki of the University of the Arts in Finland. Elmer Bäck has been working, for example, on film projects with director Peter Greenaway.

Finnish performances in Columbia during Easter time

Every other year, one of the largest theatre festivals in the world, Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, is held in Bogotá, Columbia. This year, two Finnish performances have been selected for the repertoire. Taikateatteri 13’s The Outsider, which has already been toured around the world, will be performed in Bogotá right at the beginning of the festival on March 11–14. The Finnish National Theatre’s performance Pohjalla (The Lower Depths) will finish off the two-week festival on March 23–26.

The Finnish National Theatre gained momentum for bringing their massive performance to South America by starting a little closer to home. Last October, Pohjalla visited St. Petersburg’s famous Alexandrinsky Theatre.

“The reception in St. Petersburg was very enthusiastic. The audience was very familiar with Gorki’s work and reacted strongly to our version,” says director Janne Reinikainen, describing the visit last fall. At the same time, the visit was a way to test the mobility of the large-scale performance. Reinikainen looks forward eagerly to the trip to Columbia.

“It is very interesting to go to Bogotá. As far as I have understood, the festival is large and well organized.” Some cultural differences are to be expected, but based on the preliminary information the festival has very much established its position as an important meeting place and display window for all theatre professionals in Latin America.

Many festivals are interested in reinterpretations of classics and updated versions of them. In addition to Nordic guests, Russian and European drama will also be performed in the festival. For example, Berlin’s famous Schaubühne. There will be about a hundred Latin American performances in the festival.

The visit of the Finnish National Theatre will take place during the Easter week, which makes it possible for 15 actors and a total of 28 employees to make the trip in the middle of the theatrical season. Funding for the trip comes from different Nordic funds and the Ibero-American Institute of Finland. Theatre Info Finland (TINFO) provides the visit resources primarily in the form of workforce. Finland does not currently have an official instrument for providing support for visiting theatre performances.

After the performance of Pohjalla (The Lower Depths), Janne Reinikainen has directed the play Nummisuutarit (Cobblers on the Heath) on the Main Stage of the Finnish National Theatre. What is he doing now?

“Right now I’m directing Pipsa Lonka’s play Sånger vid randen av et grått hav (These little town blues are melting away), which discusses climate change as one of its themes, for Svenska Teatern (The Swedish National Theatre in Helsinki). The premiere was on February 17. Reinikainen is working once again on the big stage, using his trademark theme in the visualization: theater and moving picture.



Old favorites ensure the mobility of Finnish plays

There is demand for Finnish play scripts in theaters abroad. In 2015, a total of 83 productions were performed in 22 different countries. These figures are based on statistics produced by Theatre Info Finland (TINFO).

Finnish plays are primarily performed in Europe and especially in Eastern European countries. The countries with the most interest in Finnish plays are Russia, Estonia and Sweden. Individual Finnish productions were performed also in Chile, China and Australia, among other countries.

As far as modern playwrights are concerned, Bengt Ahlfors and Mika Myllyaho continue to be in demand. In 2015, Ahlfors’s scripts were performed in 12 productions around Europe. Myllyaho’s plays Kaaos (Chaos), Paniikki (Panic) and Harmonia (Harmony) have been performed as 10 different productions. Out of female playwrights, the most performed is Pipsa Lonka with her script Lauluja harmaan meren laidalta (These little town blues are melting away) in four different foreign productions. Internationally, the most performed Finnish playwright is Tove Jansson, whose scripts were circulating in a total of 22 theaters. The interest in Jansson was especially high in Poland, Sweden and Russia.

Finnish plays end up being performed in theaters abroad due to good personal relations and persevering work. Key agents in the international mobility of Finnish plays are active translators, informed agencies and the authors themselves. Specialized agencies in Finland include Agency North and Nordic Drama Corner. A playwright might also have an agency in each country or language area, as playwright Bengt Ahlfors does.

Difficult economic times are reflected in foreign theater productions as well. The number of foreign productions of Finnish plays decreased for the first time in many years.

TINFO supports the international mobility of plays by, for example, awarding translation grants for plays  and organizing workshops for translators of drama. The online database New Plays from Finland is another good way to gain insight into Finnish plays. In 2015, 16 plays were translated and performed abroad with the help of grants awarded by TINFO.

Number of performances in different countries, extracts from statistics (total number of countries 22)

Russia: 13
Estonia: 12
Sweden: 9
Poland: 8
Czech Republic: 7
Great Britain: 4

See the complete statistics on Finnish plays and dramatizations performed outside Finland in 2015 (PDF, in Finnish)


Finnish Showcase 2016 at Tampere 4 – 6 August

Tampere Theatre Festival’s and TINFO – Theatre Info Finland’s showcase focuses on current issues and phenomenon of Finnish Theatre. The foreign curators meet Finnish ones, presenting artists meet the foreign guests, and some future names of Finnish theatre will be introduced as well.

The fifth Finnish Showcase is a promotional event of Finnish theatre exporting, as a part of the 48th edition of Tampere Theatre Festival. Finnish Showcase presents a selection of contemporary Finnish theatre performances and artists.

Foreign guests have an opportunity to get acquainted with Finnish performances with subtitles in English, meet the artists behind these performances and hear what’s new in Finnish theatre. During the Festival week there are also post-show discussions after performances, gatherings and other smaller events as part of the Finnish Showcase programme.


What's On Stage Now in Finland

What's On Stage in Finland NOW ... a selection made by TINFO.



The Threepenny Opera by Kamran Shahmardan in Russia

On January in Siberia, Kemerovo Regional Drama Theatre presented a new musical comedy based on Bertold Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. The play was directed by the artistic director of the Black and White Theatre Festival and Theatre of Black and White (based in city of Imatra, Finland), Kamran Shahmardan.

"Our characters are thieves and prostitutes. They steal and sell their bodies to survive. We repeat the idea after the author of this opera: the life breaks people, making them adjust to the conditions defined by the strongest. So you cannot expect any good from it (life), no point, it’s not a kind godmother, and it’s not giving you anything. You have to come and take it by yourself. See the problems in your own head and solve them with a sense of humor. The Threepenny Opera is a song opera, sung by amateur singers. We have professional actors singing. And they are quite good, in my opinion. All songs are sung live. But the audience should not expect perfect and complex vocal, it’s a cabaret, or more a cabaret theatre. This comedy is a grotesque image of our life, like a reflection in a distorting mirror. If theatre reflects society, then Brecht’s theatre is this distorting mirror. Brecht interests me a lot, I’m going back to his works, for sure! ", says Kamran Shahmardan.

This is already the fifth performance of Kuzbass-Finland project. Before The Threepenny Opera, the project has produced four other plays: Beckett (Samuel Beckett), The House of the Dead (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), Marriage (Nikolai Gogol) and Macbeth (William Shakespeare).

The performances of The Threepenny Opera continue until May 2016.

For more information: www.blackandwhitetheatre.net

email: mustanjavalkoisenteatteri(a)gmail.com

Clown performance by Taina Mäki-Iso visiting Arab Emirates

haMEmo – a clown show by Taina Mäki-Iso is visiting Fujairah International Monodrama Festival in Arab Emirates 19 – 29 Feb 2016.

The premiere was seen in February 2014 at the international women’s clownfestival Red Pearl in Helsinki. Clown show visited also Mimefest in Czech September 2014. During 2015-16 haMEmo is in Touring Stage´s repertoire of Finnish National Theatre. haMEmo has been supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Arts Council of Uusimaa, City of Helsinki Cultural Office and Circus Woltti.



Superswitcher by Salla Viikka as a staged reading in New York

Origin Theatre Company is presenting a staged reading from Superswitcher by playwright Salla Viikka at Northern Lights Symposium in New York, Feb 26, 2016. The Annual Northern Lights Symposium has a lineup of works from the Nordic Countries.

Superswitcher in New Plays from Finland database by TINFO

Further information:


The Finnish-Latvian joint production 3 Musketeers – East of Vienna to premiere in April

The feature stage performance, a joint production of Klockriketeatern  and Latvian Ģertrūdes ielas teātris leads the audience into a theatrical journey of exploration of the modern Eastern Europe: ideas, dreams, identities and realities behind the newspaper photographs.

The adventure inspired by Alexander Dumas’s classic is a surprising mixture of past expeditions, political documentary theater and absurd situational comedy on the eastern borders of Europe.

The work group of 3 Musketeers – East of Vienna literally traveled east from Vienna last October: they traveled to Ukraine by way of Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Transnistria. The intense 10-day adventure in the gray area between fiction and reality was an important part of the background research and preparation for the performance. The extensive documentation of the journey functioned as the basis for the script, and parts of the recordings are also seen as staging in the performance.

Premiere in Helsinki: 2 Apr (Mad House Helsinki)

Premiere in Riga: 11 May (GIT)

Premiere in Tallinn: 17 May (Vaba Lava)

Broken Heart Story by Saara Turunen in Barcelona during April and May

Broken Heart Story by Saara Turunen will be performed in Barcelona, Spain during April and May 2016. The premiere is at the Sala Atrium on the 27th of April. The play is directed by Turunen herself.

Broken Heart Story is a story of art and love. It examines the surrounding world first and foremost through the internal reality of the characters. The play delves into questions of identity, choices, and how to live to achieve happiness. The play doesn’t offer answers or guidance. Instead, it paints a poetic, absurd landscape overflowing with questions. The form of the text borrows influences not only from American pop culture but also Brecht’s tableau-like learning plays and their form of direct audience address.

Saara Turunen (b. 1981) is a Finnish playwright, author and theatre director born in Eastern Finland. She is known for her straightforward and edgy style. She has a distinct, provocative approach to her subjects; femininity, sex and art. Her plays are both playful and aggressive, often related to the world of fairy tale and pop culture.

Turunen's plays have been translated into 12 languages and they have been staged outside of Finland in Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, Spain and USA. In April 2015 she directed Broken Heart Story for Lithuanian National Theatre.

www.atrium.cat/es/sala-atrium/espectaculos/brokenheart (castellano y català)

Sadsongskomplex:fi producing in Russia

Director Jari Juutinen (also founder of the theatre group Sadsongskomplex:fi) visits Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Juutinen directs Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov for Dostoevsky Drama Theatre. Uncle Vanya premieres on the 29th of April 2016. Sadsongskomplex:fi also takes care of lighting design (Teemu Nurmelin) and set/costume design (Liisa Sofia Pöntinen).

The visit is supported by Savotta-DvA project of TINFO – Theatre Info Finland.

Before Russia Juutinen premiered Frozen Images (written by Kristian Smeds) in Tbilisi, Georgia at Griboedov Theatre on the 25th of February. The lighting is designed by Teemu Nurmelin.


Spindrift Theatre’s Nordic collaboration project touring in Europe

A Nordic theatre company Spindrift Theatre are sealing their two-year EU project Carroll Berserk. During the past four months, the company has been touring European institutions – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow), Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin) and Norsk Skuespillersenter (Oslo) – with their workshop series The Performer and the Self. The project has also enjoyed its premier as a large-scale immersive performance at the prestigious Tjarnarbio theatre in Reykjavik, in spring 2015.

An all-female physical theatre company Spindrift Theatre produces performances and workshops all around Europe, with their collaborators being based worldwide. The company’s artistic directors Anna Korolainen (FIN), Bergdis Julia Johannsdottir (IS), Eva Solveig (IS) and Henrietta Kristensen (NOR) are all graduates from Rose Bruford College for Theatre and Performance in London, and strive for creating feminist training practices and new innovations in physical theatre. Spindrift Theatre’s long-time plan is to develop new aesthetics in Nordic physical Theatre.

Carroll Berserk reached 79 young European artists in seven institutions and in four different countries.

More information about Spindrift Theatre’s workshops and performances:



The Bravo International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences | 13 – 20 March, Helsinki

The Bravo International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, held in the arts centres of the Helsinki Area, will serve a multitude of high-quality performances for big and small audiences alike. The festival is produced by Assitej Finland in cooperation with the cultural offices of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.


Kuulas – Children's Theatre Festival | 11 – 14 May, Kouvola

Kuulas is an annually arranged Children’s Theatre Festival in Finland. Next time the festival will be arranged in Kouvola 11.–14.5.2016.

The festival hosts performances by 3–5 foreign theatre groups and approximate 15 Finnish amateur and professional theatre groups.

The festival also includes, among other events, workshops for children and adults, as well as a seminar on topical issues related to children’s culture.


Black and White Theatre Festival | 8 – 12 June, Imatra

The 13th Black and White International Theatre Festival takes place in Imatra  8. – 12.6.2016.

The Association of ”The Theatre of Black and White” in Imatra has been organizing  The International Black and White Theatre Festival since year 2004. Right since that time Black and White Theatre Festival has become well-known event for many people of the world. At the festival we could see the performing of different theatres from 35 countries, so far more than 150 shows and performances.

For 12 years, Black and White Theatre Festival has presented a huge variety of different styles: dance theatre, ballet, pantomime, circus, traditional drama, opera, puppet theatre and street performing. The purpose of the festival is – to represent the international theatre in all its manifestation and genres.

The main festival theme – ’New Drama’.

The full festival program will be ready at the beginning of April. Preview

Artistic Director: Kamran Shahmardan


Hangö Teaterträff – Hanko Theatre Festival 9 - 12 June, Hanko

Hanko Theatre Festival is the largest Swedishspeaking theatre festival in Finland. It takes place annually in the beginning of June and collects theatre visitors and performing artists to Hanko to see the best (mobile) performances of the year. Discussions, planning and development of the Finnish-Swedish performing arts are also parts of the agenda.

The theatre festival is open for any theatre enthusiast and is a meeting point for free groups and institutional theatres, for theatre students and established actors, for critics and audience.

Contact: info(a)hangoteatertraff.org


Tampere Theatre Festival 1 – 7 August | Finnish Showcase 4 – 6 August, Tampere

Tampere Theatre Festival is the oldest and the largest professional theatre festival in the Nordic countries, serving as a display window for the finest Finnish and international productions. The festival programme includes 21st century drama, classics, dancetheatre and street theatre. Besides the performances various meetings, seminars and discussions are also organised during the Festival week.

Tampere Theatre Festival’s and TINFO – Theatre Info Finland’s showcase focuses on current issues and phenomenon of Finnish Theatre. The foreign curators meet Finnish ones, presenting artists meet the foreign guests, and some future names of Finnish theatre will be introduced as well.

The fifth Finnish Showcase is a promotional event of Finnish theatre exporting, as a part of the 48th edition of Tampere Theatre Festival. Finnish Showcase presents a selection of contemporary Finnish theatre performances and artists.

Foreign guests have an opportunity to get acquainted with Finnish performances with subtitles in English, meet the artists behind these performances and hear what’s new in Finnish theatre. During the Festival week there are also post-show discussions after performances, gatherings and other smaller events as part of the Finnish Showcase programme.


Stage – Helsinki Theatre Festival | 10 – 21 August, Helsinki

Korjaamo Teatteri’s Stage Festival brings to Helsinki performances from international as well as Finnish theatre groups. Ranging from contemporary texts to updated classics, the programme is a window into new ways of producing and experiencing theatre. The festival is also a global meeting point for audiences and artists alike: plays are performed in their original language and subtitled in Finnish and English.

This year’s programme will be released in April 2016.


Lain§uojattomat Festival | 7 – 11 September, Pori

Rakastajat-teatteri (translates to "The Lovers Theater"), based in the city of Pori, is the only independent professional theater group in the Satakunta region.

Since the year 2000 Rakastajat-teatteri has also hosted an annual festival for independent theater groups. The Lain§uojattomat (Outlaws) festival gathers both domestic performers as well as visiting groups from all across the world in various venues around the city.

Contact: info(a)rakastajat.fi


Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival | 15 – 19 November, Helsinki

The Baltic Circle festival is an international artwork and showcase itself. It brings intensities into the Helsinki city, takes stands on current questions, and ignites dialogue. It is a platform for new phenomena and an active forum for discussion.

The 13th Baltic Circle believes in the affective powers of the arts, and in the potential of social and political agency of performance. The works seen at the festival grasp the crucial questions of our times, and search for new forms of performing arts and revised modes of production.




Winter ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival | 22 – 28 Feb 2016, Kuopio & Tahko

The 15th international ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 22nd and 28th February 2016 in Kuopio and the skiing centre Tahko. The first ever Winter ANTI will feature artworks that play with snow, ice, darkness, coldness and the sleeping nature of the Nordic winter. It continues ANTI’s unique concept of collaborating with non-artistic partners.

Winter ANTI opened in Kuopio on 22nd February and the festival will move to Tahko on the 24th.


Mad House – 3rd season | 5 Feb – 30 Apr 2016, Helsinki

Mad House 3rd Season celebrates dadas 100-year anniversary during spring 2016!

The third season of Mad House launches on Cabaret Voltaire's 100-year anniversary, 5 February 2016, in true observance of Dada holidays.

The third season features the international co-production Klockricketeater's and the audiovisual installation 2341 AD by Juha Valkeapää, Rentzo Van Steenbergen and Emer Värk. The latter will premiere in Finland on Mad Houses stage on the 19th of February. Mad House also revisits history with Liisa Pentti + Co.'s reconstruction of their performance La Folia, originally performed in 1993.

In March, Mad House takes on the theme of trans-visibility, trans-welfare and gender diversity on behalf of the activist group Transforces, who has designed an impressive festival involving artists Teemu Mäki, Pia Lindy, Valto Kuuluvainen, Jamie MacDonald, Martu Väisänen, Michiel Tange van Leuuwen (DK / NL), Anna-Stina Treumund (EE), Christian Van Schijndel (DK / UK), Jørgen Callesen (DK), Carlo Størup (DK) and Bo Hagen Clausen (DK), as well as the local transcommunity.

The Mad House programme in 2016 reflects the 100th anniversary of Dada. During the whole season, two works by Heikki Saure are on display. In early March, the artists Sándor Vály and Jovanka Trbojevic present their Dada-inspired work in two evenings. The whole season will culminate in April's three-day event, the Neodada festival or the Conference on redefining everything.

Ihana Bar will continue to serve as Mad House's social centre and meeting place. The bar is open from Wednesday to Saturday. The Serious Introspection live talk show continues, now on Wednesdays at 21:00 (or following the main performances). The Feminist stand-up comedy evenings, hosted by Jamie MacDonald, take place three times this spring. Ihana Bar also hosts the performance Talking Head by Janne Saarakkala.

Mad House Helsinki 3. Season 5th February - 30th April 2016
Tiivistämö, Suvilahti, Helsinki
Kaasutehtaankatu 1

More information: www.madhousehelsinki.fi/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/madhousehelsinki/

World Theatre Day | 27 Mar 2016

The World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. TINFO – Theatre Info Finland is the Finnish Centre of ITI. One of the most important event of celebration is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace.

Message Author of the World Theatre Day 2016 is Anatoli Vassiliev

Anatoli Vassiliev (born on May 4th 1942, Danilovka, Penza Oblast, Russia) is an internationally acclaimed theatre director and professor of Russian Theatre. He is the founder of the Moscow Theatre School of Dramatic Arts initially located on Povarskaia road, then relocated in a new building on Sretenka road. It is an architecturally original space, conceived according to Vassiliev's plans for the purposes of theatrical research to which it is dedicated.

He has taught many times at the Lounatcharski State Conservatory of Dramatic Art (GITIS), the VGIK Moscow Institute of Cinema, and the ENSATT (École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre) in Lyon. He is considered to be the greatest Russian director of his generation.

The World Theatre Day message will be published on the website www.world-theatre-day.org and www.iti-worldwide.org with its translations from 1st March onwards.

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It was first in Helsinki, and then in Vienna at the 9th World Congress of the ITI in June 1961 that President Arvi Kivimaa proposed on behalf of the Finnish Centre of the International Theatre Institute that a World Theatre Day be instituted. The proposal, backed by the Scandinavian centres, was carried with acclamation.

Ever since, each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 "Theatre of Nations" season in Paris), World Theatre Day has been celebrated in many and varied ways by ITI National Centres of which there are now almost 100 throughout the world.


Nordic Performing Arts Days | 24 – 28 May 2016, Dagarnir, Faroe Islands

Nordic Performing Arts Days / Dagarnir 24.–28.5.2016, organized by Nordic theater and dance organizations, is the largest international performing arts event ever held in the Faroe Islands.

Participants invited from Finland include Teatteri Takomo (Dark Side of the Mime) and Kompani Nord (Åland Islands & Nordic co-production We, The Drowned; directed by Arn Henrik Blomqvist). Antti Hietala’s play Ihanat ihmiset (Lovely People) will be performed in the New Nordic Drama reading festival with the cast including actors Lotta Kaihua and Jussi Nikkilä from Q-teatteri, among others. Other selected plays, read in the original language and subtitled in English, come from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

After the performances in the Faroe Islands, an identical version of the entire reading-festival program with the same cast will be performed in Husets Teater in Copenhagen as part of the international CPH Stage festival on June 8. TINFO – Theatre Info Finland is one of the event’s organizers.

Now ticket sale is open for some of the shows, the rest is coming up very soon.

Further information and travel advice:





Performances for Hurraa! Festival 2017 | Deadline 31 Mar 2016

The Hurraa! National festival for children and young people is searching for fresh and open-minded theatrical performances, both inside the traditional space of theatre and out.

The Hurraa! Festival will be arranged in the cultural centres of the Helsinki region on the 18th to the 23rd of March 2017. We are looking for performances from Finland-based professional theatres and groups, aimed at 0 to 18 year olds, which have not been previously performed in the Helsinki area.

Suggestions will be received from the 1st of February to the 31st of March, 2016 at tuottaja(a)hurraa.org or via mail at Hurraa!
PB 4741
000099 City of Helsinki (postage stamp not later than 31st March).

Please attach to your application the size of your ensemble, a description of a space suitable for the performance, the technical raider and the price of 2 to 6 performances. Short, high-quality video about the performance/the idea you have about it is desirable.

ATTN! Please attach the video as links in your email. To avoid blocking our inbox, the application can be 200 KB max. If you have more material, please send it via traditional mail or links to cloud services.

The festival is arranged by cultural centres in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

Festival producer Anna Rosendahl, tuottaja(a)hurraa.org

Open Call for artistic projects: Baltic Circle Festival 15 – 19 Nov 2016, Helsinki | Deadline 3 Apr

In 2015 the UN agreed on a new Agenda 2030 which aims to promote sustainable development as a global strategy by taking into account economy, environment, people and culture and thus end poverty and create inclusive societies. For the first time the goals are universal – they apply to all countries and people. They aim for societies where no one is left out.

Finland needs urgently to strengthen the social knowhow and widen the understanding of cultural contexts and histories. One could even say that Finland is a developing country of social relations. Art has a unique force that can draw people together and form temporary communities. Baltic Circle invites artists to investigate the power of art as a social phenomenon, space and event in today’s Finland.

What kind of social knowhow and practices of different cultures would be vital for Finnish society? Could art open up new possibilities to understand each other and the world? What kind of connections and alliances between people is art capable of creating?

Baltic Circle is looking for 1–3 performative projects by Finland-based artists with a focus on social encounter (or lack of it) as material; new works or adaptations of previous works, which take place in public space (indoors / outdoors, media space) or at site-specific venues. We particularly welcome proposals from artists with diverse cultural backgrounds. The works will be presented at Baltic Circle festival in Helsinki 15-19 November, 2016.

We offer following resources, the exact form and budget of commission is to be negotiated:

  • Artistic fees (at first hand as working grants of Kone Foundation; the working group can be 1–4 people)
  • Material costs
  • Possible travel costs to Helsinki
  • Technical realisation at the festival
  • Production services

Submit your proposal by 3.4.2016 by email to: info(at)balticcircle.fi

Please include estimated budget of the project and cv as well as a link to online portfolio or documentation of previous work. The proposal can also be a draft of an idea to be developed during the process. We hope to get the applications in English although Finnish is also possible.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed personally before the final selections. Selection is made by May 1st. The curatorial team consists of Anna Jussilainen (Arts Promotion Centre Finland), Willem Wilhelmus (independent artist/curator) and Satu Herrala and Hanna Nyman (Baltic Circle).

For more information, please contact Managing Director Hanna Nyman: hanna(at)balticcircle.fi / tel 040 7616834.

The project is implemented in cooperation with the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and it is supported by Kone Foundation and European Union.

Baltic Circle is an annual international theatre festival organised since 2000. In the core of the festival is the question of what theatre is and what it could be. The main organiser of Baltic Circle is Q-teatteri ry.


Theatre Festival Lain§uojattomat 6 – 11 Sep 2016, Pori | Deadline 30 Apr 2016

The Lain§uojattomat (The Outlaws) Theatre Festival, Pori, is currently inviting applications for its 2016 edition running 6-11 September. Deadline for applications is 30 April.

The main themes for the festival are immigration and global warming.

The festival does not pay a fee but covers travel, per diems, accommodation costs and all participants are issued a festival pass.

Applications and additional information:
Angelika Meusel angelika(a)rakastajat.fi




TINFO is co-operating with the internationally programming Finnish theatre festivals (eg. Baltic Circle, Tampere Theatre Festival, Stage Festival, Hangö Teaterträff, Black & White Theatre Festival), as well as with the Finnish culture institutes and embassies abroad.

TINFO can make partnership agreements also with foreign theatre festivals programming Finnish theatre performances or with venues offering job for Finnish theatre artists or with residencies collaborating with Finns. TINFO coordinates annually some international theatre projects.

TINFO is mentoring Finnish producers and directors, when they want to export their theatre works abroad. TINFO is taking care of the Finnish theatre statistics. TINFO is making research and cultural policy of international mobility, and provides the communication material.




Finland is a true theatre land. The Finnish theatre network covers the whole country from South to North. Every year, Finns buy three million theatre tickets, which is a lot for a country with a population of five million.

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New Plays from Finland database offers a selection of Finnish plays, please take a look!

I often set things in wrong proportion to each other. This is what is surprising. I also try to say aloud things that are often kept hidden, that people are ashamed of. For example, I wish I’d come across a grief like yours. When people break up, they lose weight.

Minna Nurmelin, a playwright, on the humour in her plays




The website gives theatre professionals practical advice on producing a stage play and taking a show on the road. The toolkit includes budget examples, sample contracts, tips for distribution of duties and other essential production tools.

Case: Theatre Group W (TGW), run by a non-profit cultural organization, exempted from paying the value-added tax (VAT). TGW starts to produce a stage production and they want to tour with it after the domestic run of the show. Where and how will TGW find the resources (people, time, spaces, funding, etc.) to put together a stage production? Where to perform and how to expand the performance season? How to plan and manage a tour or a guest performance abroad?




TINFO – Theatre Info Finland awards grants for translations of Finnish plays. We accept applications continuously. Grant decisions are four to five times a year. We aim to support international productions of Finnish plays.

Who can apply for a TINFO translation grant?

  • Playwrights
  • Drama agencies
  • Theatres
  • Festivals
  • Translators

The grant will be paid directly to the translator.

Read more about the criteria and view the application form

Recent translations of Finnish plays supported by TINFO Grant





TINFO e-News | Summer 2016 will come out on 24 May 2016.