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National Council for the Performing Arts

Each year the National Council awards approximately 890,000 euros in artist grants.

In addition, the National Council awards approximately 3.3 million euros a year in other theatre grants and subsidies. The majority of these funds, just under 2.9 million euros, is allocated as operational subsidies to independent groups. Approximately 200,000 euros is awarded each year to support Finnish drama literature.

The National Council for the performing arts also selects the recipient of the state prize for theatre. In addition, when requested to do so by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the council evaluates artist pension applications and theatre festival applications.

The Central Arts Council appoints national arts councils for a two-year term. The expertise of members of other national and regional arts councils, as well as that of external experts, may also be utilised in the peer reviews of applications.

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: 12.10.2017


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

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