Baltic Circle

International Theatre Festival

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Monday 25.09.

How to Find Baltic Circle’s Festival Brochure

Baltic Circle’s glittery festival brochures have now been delivered to libraries, coffee shops and other nice places around Helsinki. Check out the nearest distributor from the list and pick up your own copy. You can also browse the brochure online.

Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe their eye first*

A 100-year-old Finland seems to have something of a blind spot. It has built a myth of a monoculture by violently pushing out others; by denying equal rights for Sami and Roma groups and forcing them to blend into the white majority. The myth has been constructed in a systematic fashion and has been deeply embedded in Finnish power structures such as different state institutions and media, not least in arts and culture. It lives inside these systems and has morphed with time into an invisible, white norm.

Baltic Circle 2017 Programme Announced!

The next edition of Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival takes place in Helsinki on the November 14–19, 2017. The programme features Finnish premieres, international guest performances and a program of works and encounters exploring the history and present situation of the indigenous Sámi people.

For Those Who Want to See All

Baltic Circle’s tickets are now for sale. By popular demand, we have brought back the Festival Pass!

Monday 12.06.

Baltic Circle Festival’s Visual Identity Renewed

We are excited to announce the launch of a stunning new visual identity for Baltic Circle, designed by Nina Grönlund, Pauliina Nykänen and Kaarina Tammisto.

Wednesday 03.05.

Carnaval Kaarela Is Right Around the Corner!

Carnaval Kaarela is an eccentric performance carnival taking over Kannelmäki district on Saturday May 20. The festivities kick off at Sitratori with fantasy face painting, twisted badge workshop, gymnastic performance, popcorn and balloons. The carnaval snakes around the streets of Kannelmäki with visually and acoustically stunning Carnaval Van as the leader of the pack. The event is open for everyone to participate – let’s welcome the summer together!

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).