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National Council for the Performing Arts

The National Council for the Performing Arts is responsible for making decisions regarding grants, subsidies and prizes within the fields of theatre, performance and live art, dance and circus. The council also provides expert advice in these fields.

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 2019–20


Ville Sandqvist, Director, Helsinki

Deputy Chairperson

Raija Ojala, Executive Director (retired), Helsinki

Other members

Mikael Aaltonen, Producer, Helsinki
Ari Ahlholm, Teacher, Turku
Giorgio Convertito, Dance Artist, Helsinki
Heta Haanperä, Theatre Director, Oulu
Saara Juvonen, Cultural Producer, Helsinki
Ulla Päivikkö, Lecturer in Dance, Varislahti
Lotta Nevalainen, International Affairs Manager, Helsinki
Sirpa Riuttala, Theatre Director, Helsinki/Lappeenranta
Samuli Roininen, Dancer-Choreographer, Tampere
Jussi Sorjanen, Theatre Director, Helsinki

Presenting Officer

Laura Norppa, Special Advisor (Theatre, Dance, Circus Art)


Anni Tappola, Planning Officer

Last modified: 05.11.2019


Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Hakaniemenranta 6, PL 1001
00531  Helsinki

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