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National Council for the Performing Arts

The National Council for the Performing Arts supports and recognises professional artists in the field of the theatrical arts by awarding artist grants, project grants and state prizes.

Each year approximately 53 theatre professionals work on artist grants. The council also distributes over 300,000 euros a year in project grants to support independent theatre productions and Finnish drama literature.

The council also reviews subsidy applications by communities in the field of the theatrical arts, based on which the Director of Taike makes the final decision. Each year these communities receive almost 3 million euros in special subsidies and operational subsidies. The majority of these funds is allocated as operational subsidies to independent theatre groups.

The council also provides expert opinions on artist pension applications within the field of the theatrical arts.

National Council for the Performing Arts 2017–18


Kirsi Monni, Professor, Helsinki

Other members:

Mikael Aaltonen, Producer, Helsinki
Kimmo Hietanen, Circus Artist, Helsinki
Saara Juvonen, Cultural Producer, Helsinki
Aino Kivi, Theatre Director, Joensuu
Taina Kopra, Circus Director, Director, Tampere (1.1.2017-31.5.2017)
Antti Mattila, Scenographer, Helsinki
Lotta Nevalainen, International Affairs Manager, Helsinki (from 16.8.2017)
Reetta Ristimäki, Music Theater Artist, Helsinki
Ville Sandqvist, Actor, Director, Helsinki (from 16.8.2017)
Lotta Skaffari, Director, Tampere
Joachim Thibblin, Theatre Director, Paattinen (1.1.2017-30.4.2017)
Johanna Tuukkanen, Artistic Director, Performance Artist, Kuopio
Vesa Tapio Valo, Dramaturge, Director, Helsinki

Presenting Officer

Mari Karikoski, Special Adviser (Theatre, Performance and Live Art)

Nea Leo, Special Adviser (Dance, Circus Art)


Anni Tappola, Planning Officer



Last modified: 24.01.2018


National Council for the Performing Arts
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

Tel. +358 295330900
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