Baltic Circle

International Theatre Festival 15.-20.11.2016

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Friday 24.03.

Johanna Salmela appointed as Communications Manager

Johanna Salmela (FM) has been chosen as Baltic Circle Festival’s Communications Manager. She has worked previously at Turku Animated Film Festival, H2Ö Festival and Tampere Film Festival. Johanna just returned back to Finland after spending past autumn at Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. We wish Johanna warmly welcome! She can be reached at johanna(at) Thank you to Katja Tolonen for the past four years, it was a pleasure to work with you. All the best to the future challenges and you’re always welcome to stop by at the office!

Friday 24.03.

Carnival ruckus around Kaarela in April and May!

Baltic Circle has invited the choreographer and artist Maija Hirvanen to work in the Kaarela district in Helsinki over the years 2016–2018. Hirvanen and her team will be working in a project named Carnaval alongside with local participants and invited guests. In the year 2017 the project culminates as a twisted public space performance carnival entitled Carnaval. Carnaval takes place in Kannelmäki on 20th of May and everybody are welcomed to join. Carnaval is a parade to the various wonders of everyday life, where everyone can participate with their own voice and carnival message. Carnaval is a choreography full of […]

Changes to the New Solidaties programme

There´s a change in the New Solidarities programme. Meredith Whittaker is replaced by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. In addition, the round table discussion is joined by John Ó Maoilearca (Professor of Film and Television Studies at Kingston University, London).    

Tuesday 15.11.

Baltic Circle 2016 starts today: Major part of the events already fully booked

The autumn’s most luminous theatre festival, Baltic Circle, is finally here. The opening piece of the festival is Lebanese director Rabih Mroué’s praised Ridign on a Cloud. The series of the Finnish premieres starts today with Sara Melleri’s and HYPE collectives FATHER FUCKER. Those who are interest in dance and visual arts we recommend Phillip Gehmacher’s my shapes, your words, their grey, which consists of an exhibition and performances in Sinne. Some of the events, such as Wolf Safari and FATHER FUCKER are already fully booked. You can still enquire tickets from Tiketti or our Festival Info. The Festival Info […]

New Solidarities discursive program’s schedule released

Friday’s key note speakers include Nora Stenferd, Professor for Curating and Mediating Art in Aalto University, and Senegalese historian Penda Mbow, among others. On Saturday the program continues with experts such as Meredith Whittaker, the founder of Google’s Open Research group, and theorist Helen Hester. Check out the exact schedule below. Sign up here.   Friday 18.11. 11:00–11:10 Introduction: Raluca Voinea & Alexandra Pirici 11:10–12:00 Nora Sternfeld 12:00–12:50 Doina Petrescu 12:50–13:30 Lunch break 13:30–14:20 Penda Mbow 14:20–15:10 Dan Perjovschi 15:10–16:00 Round table Saturday 19.11. 11:00–11:10 Wrap up from Friday: Raluca Voinea & Alexandra Pirici 11:10–12:00 Other Spaces 12:00–12:50 Ahmed Al-Nawas […]

Thursday 06.10.

Finland – developing country of social relations programme invites to shake the old patterns

The brand of Finland shows an image of a country at the top of development and statistics. However, if you look at development from the social point of view, the situation appears different. Relationships are the foundation of a good life and the core of cultural development. How could the cultural and social know-how of immigrants help shape the future society? Could the new points of view release and shake the old patterns of behavior? Finland – developing country of social relations project is based on the UN’s new Agenda 2030. It aims at environmentally, socially and economically sustainable development. […]

Friday 30.09.

Find your own festival brochure

Now you can find Baltic Circle’s brilliant festival brochures in libraries, cafeterias and many other places around Helsinki. Check out the nearest distributor from the list and pick up your own copy. You can also browse the brochure here. Arabianranta Mediakeskus Lume, Hämeentie 135 C Kipsari, Hämeentie 135 E Pop & Jazz Konservatorio, Arabiankatu 2 A Metropolia: Arabian kampus, Hämeentie 161 Kino Sheryl, Arabiankatu 8 Kallio-Vallila-Alppila Bar Molotow, Vaasankatu 29 Café Mascot, Neljäs linja 2 Café Talo, Hämeentie 2 b Juttutupa, Säästöpankinranta 6 KokoTeatteri, Hämeentie 3 Kuvataideakatemia, Elimäenkatu 25 A Musiikkiteatteri Kapsäkki, Hämeentie 68 Pub Magneetti, Mäkelänkatu 20 B Ravintola […]

Thursday 29.09.

Baltic Circle and Cirko – Center for New Circus shuffle the curtain between theatre and new circus

One of the core questions of the Baltic Circle Festival is: What is theatre? And what it could be, both in terms of form and content. The programme has been reaching towards the outlines of e.g. dance, music and visual arts, thus bringing different publics and artists together, through challenging and offering new viewpoints. This year, we shuffle the curtain between theatre and new circus. Cirko – Center for New Circus invites the audience for the first time to the What the Cirk? mini-festival, and together with Baltic Circle, both festivals invite the audience to performances and to celebrate together […]

Thursday 22.09.


Baltic Circle has its’ first own stage! Maija Hirvanen’s CARNAVAL project has a moving venue – a visually stunning van with a mini black box theatre at the back. The car will work as a central point for the twisted performance carnival CARNAVAL in 2017. CARNAVAL is a choreography for cars and people, consisting of costumes, dancing, rhythms and noise. During Baltic Circle festival 2016, Hirvanen and project’s producer Janne Masalin will be offering a sneak peek of the upcoming project in a form of a private ride in the extravaganza van for the festival goers. Website and Facebook page […]