17.11.2021

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World on Stage 

A new drama project supports the translation and staging of foreign drama in Finland. Funding for the project is provided by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. 
 
World on Stage is a drama translation project set up to support the translation of new foreign plays into Finnish and to bring these translated works to the Finnish stage. It is particularly focused on promoting works from underrepresented languages and cultures. Funding is also available to support touring productions of the selected works. 
 
As part of the project, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland will support the translation of world drama into Swedish with view to bringing it to the stage in Finland. 
 

Project outline 

Each year, the World on Stage Advisory Board will be invited to present a selection of 25 new and relevant plays by international contemporary playwrights. 
 
The Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland will make funding available to professional theatres and professional theatre practitioners to support the translation and production of foreign drama in Finland. The foundations will allocate funding through a formal application process. 
 
The World on Stage advisory board members are: 
 
Eeva Bergroth, producer and translator
Hassan Blasim, author 
Davide Giovanzana, theatre director and researcher 
Elli Salo, playwright and translator  
Linnea Stara, TINFO director 
Saara Turunen, playwright, theatre director
 
 

Project run by Theatre Info Finland 

Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), a Finnish Cultural Foundation partner, will be responsible for managing the project. TINFO’s remit will be to: 
 

Promote world drama across the Finnish theatre sector.  

Coordinate the work of the World on Stage Advisory Board.  

Offer mentoring and networking support to participating theatres.  

Oversee all communications activity aimed at the Finnish theatre sector.  

 
During the project’s three-year run, TINFO will also organise an annual event to showcase and celebrate international drama. The event will take place in March to coincide with World Theatre Day. The inaugural event in 2022 will comprise a staged reading of one of the plays translated as part of the project. The event will be open to the public. 
 

Project timeline 

The World on Stage project will run from 2021 until 2024, but the total duration will extend to seven years to allow all the works selected for translation to be brought to the stage. Funding for the project is provided by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. 
 
Theatres are eligible to apply for funding towards translation costs and the costs associated with a theatre production. The maximum award is EUR 30,000 per title. The first Finnish Cultural Foundation application round will launch in August, while the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland will launch its own round in November as a part of their regular application process. Subsequent application rounds in 2023 and 2024 will take place at the same points in the year.  
 
   
 
To find out more, please contact:  
Juhana Lassila, Director of Cultural Affairs, Finnish Cultural Foundation, tel: +358 (0)9 6128 1230  
Åsa Juslin, Senior Advisor, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, tel: +358 (0)50 325 0825 
Linnea Stara, Director, Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), tel: +358 (0)50 301 2723 
 
 
 
 
Translation of the article by Liisa Muinonen-Martin

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