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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. The new targets apply to all countries of the world, not only to the so-called developing countries.

We will examine the Agenda through the present situation in Finland, where loneliness, exclusion and lack of social skills are becoming national problems. The public debate is characterised by hate speech and the like-minded retreat each into their own camps.

The programme consists of a series of performances, a workshop and a club night. The series has three works – A(part), Monitor Man, and Play House – that explore social situations as the starting point and material for an artwork. The theme will also be explored in the workshop, with an invitation to shape a new kind of world and search for surprising solutions. On Friday night the festival club is hosted by DJ Mama who has the magical power to bring people together on the dance floor.

In addition, we have invited three writers to view Finland as a developing country of social relations, each one from their own perspective. The writings are published on the MORE is MORE section of the festival brochure.

Curatorial team: Satu Herrala, Anna Jussilainen, Hanna Nyman & Willem Wilhelmus
Project and artworks commissioned by: Baltic Circle
Supported by: Kone Foundation
In collaboration with: Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Realised within the framework of Urban Heat project, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.