Performing HEL seminar

The Performing HEL Opening event and seminar

The Performing HEL showcase is mainly intended for Finnish and international theatre, festival, and cultural sector programmers but there’s also a program open to everyone:

On Thursday (Sep 2) the showcase will be opened by a seminar, which will delve deeper into the co-operation between Finnish and Russian performing arts professionals. Scroll down for more information.

On Saturday (Sep 4): Party like it’s Performing HEL! We’ll tell you where and when a bit later – save the date because you’re invited!

We follow current covid restrictions and guidelines, which means that changes in the program are possible.



Where: G18, Helsinki and on YouTube
When: September 2 at 3pm-5pm (EEST)

Official opening of Performing HEL 2021

With closed borders, disconnection and difficulties to communicate, it is performing arts that have the capacity to find common ground. Together with performing arts professionals the seminar participants will discuss perspectives on, possibilities and case examples of collaboration with Russia: from governmental cultural institutions to freelancers. The panel will also address the economical challenges and censorship in performing arts and more generally in relation to current political realities.

Finland and Russia have successfully maintained long-term cooperation projects for years. Grass-roots connections between cultural initiatives and organisations have been especially important since the relationships between Russia, EU and US are suffering from political ups and downs. Cultural contacts between Finland and Russia have remained lively during recent years and the most profound result of the cooperation are functioning networks in all areas of performing arts. Dance Info Finland and Theatre Info Finland TINFO are building networks and facilitating direct exchanges between Finnish and Russian dance and theater professionals. Circus connections are being developed by CircusInfo Finland. The seminar is organised in collaboration with Klockriketeatern.

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