Baltic Circle

International Theatre Festival 15.-20.11.2016

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Contact information

BALTIC CIRCLE OFFICE
Q-teatteri
Tunturikatu 16
00100 Helsinki
FINLAND
Tel. +358 9 4542 1388 / +358 (0)40 763 7653

PERFORMING AT BALTIC CIRCLE
Festival programming is by invitation only. If you would like to submit your proposal for our consideration, please send it to: satu (at) balticcircle.fi.

Due to limited resources, we are not able to reply to all proposals.

Staff

Allas Sea Pool

Katajanokka, Katajanokanlaituri 2, 00160 Helsinki. Saavutettavuus: esityspaikka on esteetön (ota yhteys etukäteen järjestelyiden tekemiseksi).
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Disabled toilet facilities available.
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Brage

Kaartinkaupunki, Kasarmikatu 28, 00130 Helsinki. Saavutettavuus: Ei pääsyä pyörätuolilla, ei inva-wc-tiloja.
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Kanneltalo

Kannelmäki, Klaneettitie 5, 00420 Helsinki
Saavutettavuus: Esityspaikka on esteetön (ota yhteys etukäteen järjestelyiden tekemiseksi).
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Disabled toilet facilities available.
Wheelchair seating available (Please contact us in advance to make arrangements).
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Kiasma-teatteri / Kiasma Theatre

Kluuvi, Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki. Saavutettavuus: Esityspaikka on esteetön (ota yhteys etukäteen järjestelyiden tekemiseksi).
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Disabled toilet facilities available.
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Maneesi & Solmu, Cirko - Uuden sirkuksen keskus / Cirko - Center for New Circus

Suvilahti, Kaasutehtaankatu 1, (rakennus / building 8)
Saavutettavuus: Esityspaikka on esteetön (ota yhteys etukäteen järjestelyiden tekemiseksi).
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Disabled toilet facilities available.
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Sinne

Punavuori, Iso Roobertinkatu 16, 00120 Helsinki. Saavutettavuus: Ei pääsyä pyörätuolilla, ei inva-wc-tiloja.
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Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu / Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki

Haapaniemi, Haapaniemenkatu 6, 00530 Helsinki. Saavutettavuus: Esityspaikka on esteetön (ota yhteys etukäteen järjestelyiden tekemiseksi).
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Pyörätuolipaikkoja saatavilla (ota yhteys etukäteen).
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Full accessibility if needed (Please contact us in advance to make arrangements).
Disabled toilet facilities available.
Wheelchair seating available (Please contact us in advance to make arrangements).
tel. +358 (0)40 7637653

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About us

Baltic Circle is an international festival for contemporary theatre organised annually in November in Helsinki. The next edition takes place 14 – 18 November 2017. The festival is an artwork that brings intensities into the city, takes stands on current questions, and ignites dialogue. It is a platform for new phenomena and an active forum for discussion.

Baltic Circle believes in the aesthetic and affective powers of the arts, and in the potential of social and political agency of performance. The works seen at the festival grasp the phenomena and crucial questions of our times, and search for new forms of performing arts and revised modes of production. In addition to festival production, Baltic Circle participates actively in both Finnish and international performing arts networks, takes part in multi-level development and education initiatives, makes publications, organises residencies and artistic exchanges, helps build up and shape the independent performing arts scene, and influences local cultural policy.

Baltic Circle is based on a firm belief in the opportunities of arts to bring people together and to participate in societal change. Art can grant a space to imagine what does not yet exist, to re-organise our way of understanding reality, and to find forms to share it. Our cornerstone is a trust in artists, partners and colleagues alike, as well as a boldness to tackle new phenomena and hushed realities, without prejudice. Baltic Circle highlights communality, collaboration and commitment as key elements in building a festival, and aims to encourage social justice, solidarity and gender equality.

History

Baltic Circle saw the light of day in 1996 as a Baltic-Nordic network of theatre makers, aiming to promote European cultural exchange in the region. The initiative was created by the directors of Q-teatteri at the time, Jukka Hyde Hytti and Erik Söderblom. The story goes that the two men from the Helsinki theatre house packed their backpacks and took off on a trip around the Baltic countries, literally knocking on the doors of local theatres and asking what they are up to. Since the beginning, Baltic Circle has wrapped an international theatre festival, artist exchange, drama translations, international co-productions, and European level cultural collaborations in one package.

Baltic Circle festivals have been organised in Helsinki since 2000, and annually since 2007. The 2015 edition is the twelfth. The mission of the yearly festival has shaped up to be to showcase the newest tendencies of contemporary theatre, and to offer a meeting place for theatre professionals and the general public. Baltic Circle lives in constant dialogue with its surroundings. Understanding and supporting change and new phenomena belong tightly to the festival. The festival has secured its position in the Finnish theatre and festival circuit, and nowadays it is common to speak primarily of the Baltic Circle festival, and its surrounding activities.

Baltic Circle has been created by a group of Finnish theatre professionals, with a shared interest in artistically ambitious contemporary theatre, and therefore in an ambitious contemporary theatre festival. The 2017 festival employs two people throughout the year and four more part-time. Q-teatteri remains the festival’s main organiser to this day.

The festival’s directors have been: Jukka Hyde Hytti and Erik Söderblom (2000), Jukka Hyde Hytti (2003, 2005), Johanna Hammarberg (2007-2008), and Eva Neklyaeva (2009-2014). From 2015 onwards, the festival is directed by Satu Herrala and Hanna Nyman.

Throughout its history, Baltic Circle has collaborated with the most relevant European theatre festivals, production houses and cultural institutes. The Baltic and Nordic countries still make up the most important target region, but there are no geographical constraints: the festival has welcomed artists from as far as Brazil, Japan and Canada.

In 2007, Baltic Circle was recognised by the Nordic Council of Ministers through receiving an Ars Baltica status. Baltic Circle has also taken part in the IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (400+ members) and in the FIT (Festivals in Transitions) network.

Baltic Circle has been a main organiser and co-organiser in several EU initiatives. The festival has been awarded a special prize by the Association of Finnish Theatres in 2001 and 2005, and with the TINFO (Theatre Info Finland) prize in both 2012 (festival director Eva Neklyaeva) and 2014 (Finnish Arts Policy Event team). The most important supporters of the festival are Q-teatteri, City of Helsinki’s Cultural Office, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and EU’s Culture Programme.

Core activities

Baltic Circle is a contemporary theatre festival, a community, a network, and a performing arts laboratory. We offer a space for artists to imagine and experiment with the possible components of theatre and performing arts, and a chance for the audience to be exposed to the newest forms of performance. Baltic Circle is a forerunner in theatre arts, taking an active role in international cultural exchange and in the Finnish cultural scene. Baltic Circle participates vigorously in the discussion on arts policy and aims to strengthen the value of performing arts in society.

Baltic Circle is earnestly building Finland and Helsinki into internationally relevant actors in the field of contemporary theatre and performing arts. The festival speaks for bold and radical artists by producing Finnish premieres and through international co-productions. Interventions in public spaces and participation in urban movements are in the core of our development work.

Baltic Circle supports the development of the arts scene and artist mobility. We act as a convener for the pan-Baltic and Nordic artistic communities, and build bridges between our region and the rest of Europe. Baltic Circle collaborates with both Finnish and international theatre festivals and production centres. We participate in European and Nordic research, education and production initiatives, and represent the Finnish theatre scene in several international networks.

Baltic Circle creates active ties to decision-makers and opinion leaders in society. We stir up situations and spaces where these figures can meet arts professionals and search together for new interactions. This offers public decision-making a beneficial exposure to the creative thinking of artists.

Projects and networks

URBAN HEAT

Urban Heat is a project developed by the Festivals in Transition (FIT) network of 13 international festival partners, supported by Creative Europe, which enables artists to engage with the invisible communities within cities. The four year project (2015–2018) supports emerging and mid-career artists to develop and create daring and extraordinary work that connects with the world outside the arts by addressing urgent political and social issues, and by working with audiences and communities affected by those issues.

For the past ten years the FIT network has explored the role of festivals in producing and curating theatre and performance practice. The network has successfully implemented four large-scale projects: FIT, FIT Mobile Lab, Festival Lab and Global City Local City. Urban Heat is the network’s fifth project.

FIT members: SPIELART festival (Munich), Krakowskie Reminiscencje Teatralne (Krakow), International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus (Riga), LIFT (London), Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival (Helsinki), Saal Bienaal (Tallinn), Bunker – Festival Drugajanje (Ljubljana), Spring Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Lokal – International Theatre Festival Reykjavik (Reykjavik), Centrale Fies – Drodesera (Dro)

Associated partners: Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Cairo), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Reykjavik)

Cofunded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

In 2016 Urban Heat programme included Finland – Developing Country of Social Relations project and Carnaval.


HELSINGIN MALLI INITIATIVE

Baltic Circle is participating in the three-year pilot initiative, Helsingin malli, run by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. The initiative brings participatory arts methods to the everyday life of citizens, and supports the outreach efforts of arts institutions to gain new audiences around Helsinki. Within this frame, Baltic Circle focuses on the district of Kaarela in northern Helsinki. The project examines local specificities in relation to similar phenomena on a global level. The project aims also to familiarise the public with the Kaarela region through various events especially during the Baltic Circle Festival. A further aim is to bring new forms of public engagement to the festival, and to broaden audiences.

Baltic Circle has invited the choreographer and artist Maija Hirvanen to work in the project. Her work Carnaval takes place inside and around a van transformed into a performance space. The project started with a research phase in spring 2016, and it culminates in a public performance carnival created together with local residents through workshops held in 2017–2018. Hirvanen collaborates with producer Salla Kurronen.

Carnaval is realised within the framework of Urban Heat programme, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union.

IMPACT FESTIVAL

Impact Festival (Vaikuttamisen festivaali) 2016–2018 is a three-year initiative funded by the Kone Foundation. The festival produces and researches artistic methods to create states of impact. The initiative examines different levels of impact from the public opinion to personal experience. The focus is both on bold and radical creations as well as on the processes required to produce them in the festival organisation.

Two independent but interconnected lines of development run through the initiative: discursive events that dig deeper into future visions through different networks, expert meetings and think tanks, as well as performative events that aim to bring new viewpoints to everyday realities and test the limits of impact through public artistic interventions.

The works presented at the 2016 Baltic Circle in the framework of Impact Festival are Finland – developing country of social relations programme and the discourse event New Solidarities.

The initiative critically examines the notion of impact and its assessment from the point of view of cultural agents. New, qualitative measures of impact will be developed in collaboration with Cupore and the ArtsEqual initiative. Arts Equal is led by University of the Arts Helsinki, and Cupore is hosting its artistic research group Socially Responsible Arts Institutions and Artists.

Impact is partly realised within the framework of Urban Heat programme, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of European Union.

Project archive

MAKE ARTS POLICY 2014 –

BALTIC CIRCLE INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS 2000–2013
Read more about projects: PROJECT ARCHIVE

Baltic Circle Theatre Network
(European Union’s Kaleidoskop programme)
BALTIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL Helsinki 21.–30.01.2000

FINNISH CASE
Helsinki 22.–25.11.2001

Kielirajalla–Keelpiiril 2002–2003
(ERDF’s Interreg IIIA programme)

Baltic Circle Stage #2
(EU´s Culture 2000 programme)
BALTIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL Helsinki 21.–30.11.2003

DramArk project
(EU´s Culture 2000 programme)
BALTIC CIRCLE FESTIVAL Helsinki 18.–26.11.2005

Mobile Lab 2007-2009
(EU Culture 2000 programme)

DramAgora (2005-2008)

Festival Lab (2010-2011)
Supported by European Commission

TRYOUT – A Performing Arts Laboratory (2010)
Supported by Nordic Culture Point

Connect-Connect (2011)
Supported by European Commission

TEKIJÄ (2011-2013)
Supported by European Social Fund

SAMARA 2012–2014

GLOBAL CITY – LOCAL CITY 2012-2014