At the annual Thalia Gala organized by Finnish theatre organizations on March 11th in Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, 19 awards where given to theatre makers, organizations and productions, including the Tinfo Prize. The Prize is awarded by Theatre Information Centre to honor theatre producers, critics, researchers and innovative projects and to highlight best practices in theatre communication. This year, Tinfo Prize was awarded to Baltic Circle Festival Director Eva Neklyaeva.
The Jury’s Criteria:
Eva Neklyaeva has a personal, ambitious style of leading the festival.
Neklyaeva has had long experience as a producer of contemporary theater. With her personal, dedicated approach to work Neklyaeva has brought visibility to contemporary theatre field. Neklyaeva’s way of producing a festival is content-driven and thoughtfully curated – a combination of festival shows, clubs and workshops create a living organism that exists by its own laws. Baltic Circle has become a risk-taking, openly communicating festival that offers the audience and theatre makers a wide range of meeting grounds.
Neklyaeva is a producer of theatre(science), who has brought forth Finnish theatre expertise and created new networks in the performing art field. In this sense, Neklyaeva has carried on and developed the honorable traditions of Baltic Circle Festival.
Especially last edition of Baltic Circle made Helsinki look like a diverse and lively theatre city. The festival used innovative communication and networking strategies, received a lot of public attention and succeeded in attracting new audiences.
By awarding the prize to Eva Neklyaeva the jury wants to honor the curator who brings together dramaturgical and production-based approach in her work.