Inclusiveness, Cultural Spaces and Urban Development

In this webinar inclusivity is discussed first of all through cultural diversity. The webinar will be held partly in English and partly in Finnish.

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Event date

Wed 16.11.2022 at 09.00 — 12.00



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Helsinki is home to, among other things, the national performing arts institutions Finnish National Theatre and Svenska Teatern - both cultural institutions belonging to our history, with walls for different parts of the population who speak different languages: Finnish and Swedish speakers. Both build our nation's identity not only with their content but also with their mere existence.

Cities change. In Helsinki, almost a quarter of the population will soon come from a cultural background other than Finnish or Finno-Swedish. Does the physical development of cities and the provision of cultural services and facilities take into account the new situation, where there are enormously more cultural backgrounds and the new contents that arise from them. Are equal identity-building spaces and meeting places needed for the development of new Finns and Helsinki residents' own cultural content and resident services? 

Are digital / immersive contents enough? Are visits and pop ups enough? How is the identity of the new Finnish performing arts and the particle accelerator built? How is inclusiveness and the feeling that we are visible created? Above all: how do we find and grow an audience that doesn't feel familiar with traditional performance spaces?

Register here until Tuesday the 15th November and please spread the word with your organisation, too!


8.50 Opening of the webinar connection
9:00 The Opening of the webinar: Tomi Purovaara, Chair, House of New Theatre ry and Head of Arts Support, Henri Terho, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)
9:15 Key note: PhD Hossam Hewidy, Aalto University


9:45 International Benchmark, interview: Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Germany
10:15 Panel discussion, participants and facilitators Tomi Purovaara and Henri Terho


Senior Advisor, Veli-Markus Tapio, Finnish Cultural Foundation
Artistic Director, David Kozma, Post Theatre Collective
Theatre Director, Dan Henriksson, Klockrike-teatern
Executive Director, Laura Aalto, Culture and Leisure Division, City of Helsinki
Maija Lummepuro, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture
Director, Johanna Tuukkanen, Kulttuuritalo Valve, Head of Cultural Services, the City of Oulu

11:15 Open Discussion
11:30 Summary, director, Paula Tuovinen, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

You can sign up for the event here.


Main organiser: New Theatre Helsinki
Partners: Taike