International Women's Day Nordic Breakfast Discussion 2022 available online

On International Women’s day, on 8th of March 2022, our annual Nordic Breakfast reopened the stage for new panellists with a current and ongoing topic of consent law and its adoption in the Nordics as several Nordic countries have already implemented consent laws in their legislation. Watch the discussion in full online.

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux Stands with Ukraine

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux stands with Ukraine and expresses our support and solidarity to all those suffering during this devastating time. We strongly condemn the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine that affects the lives of millions of civilians.

Open Call: Visual Arts Study Trip to the Netherlands in May 2022

Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux invite Finland-based directors, curators or other visual arts professionals affiliated with artists’ associations, artist-run galleries or other art organisations (excluding art museums) to join a study trip to the Netherlands in May 2022. Eight participants are selected through this open call.

Director's Greetings: January – a month of cultivating hope?

Last autumn was my first at the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. I was delighted to be greeted by a brilliant staff, the vibrant city of Brussels, and many exciting projects. Three months flew by in no time and by December we were again facing new restrictions, rules and regulations. But as an optimist, I cannot help but look ahead at 2022 with hope, enthusiasm and energy.

Looking for a EUNIC intern!

EUNIC Brussels , The Brussels cluster of the European Union National Institutes for Culture, is looking for a trainee. The location of the internship is at The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, and the internship focuses on administrative, organisational and communication tasks. Are you interested in the field of international relations and cultural diplomacy? Apply now!

Possibilities of Potential Selves - Ervin Latimer x Morgane Gielen

Possibilities of Potential Selves is a fashion installation by the Finnish Young Designer of the Year 2020 Ervin Latimer, on show in Belgium as part of the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival from August 7th until August 14th. Linked to the exhibition, Ervin teamed up with Morgane Gielen, a talented Belgian photographer who also runs the inspiring body positivity focused platform No Babes.

Annual report 2020

Our annual report for 2020 is out, giving your an overview of everything that happened in the previous cultural year.

Looking for a EUNIC intern!

EUNIC Brussels is looking for a trainee who'll be working within our team at The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. Are you interested in the field of international relations and cultural diplomacy? Apply before 20.03.21!

The year of DIALOGUES

Looking forward to a new year, in which uncertainty makes way for creative exchanges and discussions, new initiatives and events, and hopeful ways of working together.

MASCULINITIES: Thoughts and Reflections

Our new publication 'MASCULINITIES: Thoughts and Reflections' continues the conversation on masculinities, including different perspectives and viewpoints by artists and researchers.

Svenska dagen: The Finnish Swedish Heritage Day

Idag firar vi i Finland svenska dagen, som är en dag då vi uppmärksammar den svenska språkminoriteten och språkkulturen i Finland. Institutets projektansvariga Malin Bergström skriver om finlandssvenskhet och hur det berör institutets program.

Black Lives Matter

This year has been one of strong turbulence, and it has forced us to face the deepest vulnerabilities and recognise the severest flaws of our societies.

Together Alone - the selected projects from the third round

On March 23rd, The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network launched #TogetherAloneFI in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Nine weeks and 437 applications later, we have now commissioned 20 artists, creatives and collectives around the globe. For the third - and final - application round of Together Alone, we have selected eight projects out of no less than 166 applications.

Trainee's diary

The Benelux Institute's trainees Emil Kusnetsoff and Sara Martinsen are talking about work and life balance during the current global situation.

5 Finnish Floral Artists

Hanna picked 5 Finnish artists doing creative things with flowers, whether it's photography, installation or making bouquets.

5 Finnish Movies of 2010s

Emil has selected his 5 favourite Finnish films of 2010s that are definitely worth watching. From an 80s style adventure to a BDSM-themed love story and a black-and-white boxing movie, spend your lockdown getting to know fascinating Finnish cinema.

Together Alone - the selected projects from the first round

We were happy to receive (and read!) 129 applications for the first Together Alone round, an open call for art projects organised by The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic.

5 Finnish Photographers

Sara has selected 5 Finnish photographers who are definitely worth checking out. Working in different styles, sectors and even cities, they all have a splendid aye for beauty and details.

Françoise de Saligny 1938–2020

In memory of Secretary of Cultural Affairs Françoise de Saligny, a great friend of Finland and Finnish culture.

5 Finnish Illustrators

In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing and highlighting organisations, artists, venues, etc. to support the people around us. We encourage you to click, discover, enjoy, support and stick together in these unreal times. First up: 5 Finnish illustrators at the top of their game, selected by Hanna.

Masculinity--what on earth is that?

Article based on the Youth/Masculinities panel discussion organised on the 6th of November 2019 in The National Museum of Finland, as part of the Institute's RE/defining Masculinities Helsinki week. The article is written by the journalist Nana Blomqvist, working as the Project Coordinator for Ekvalita's masculinity programme "Vem é man?" - an important partner in the Institute's RE/defining Masculinities project.

Hello 2020, hello NEW Normal

News, Blog
2020 does not only ring in a new year, but also a new decade. In a world where everything is in a constant shift, ten years feel like an eternity. We are entering the new decade with question marks all around us. What will become of us, our lives and the world around us? Coming from these questions and ideas, we present NEW Normal as this year's overall theme.

Open Call for Advisors

Open Call
We’re looking for new local advisors in The Netherlands and Luxembourg, to keep in touch and stay up to date with all the trends and future directions in our countries of operation. Apply before 14/2/20!

Kriticos: "Men Need to be Held Accountable"

Interview with the musician Kriticos Mwansa about men and masculinity. The interview was conducted by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux as part of the RE/defining Masculinities project.

Renowned Finnish artists and rising talents: a broad cultural programme supporting the presidency of the Council of the EU

During Finland’s presidency of the Council of the EU starting at in July, Brussels will be featuring some of the top names in Finnish contemporary art and culture, as well as rising new talents. The broad cultural programme supports the priority themes of the EU presidency period and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux in Brussels is closely involved in carrying out the programme. 

Kimmo Rousku: You are chief (digital) risk manager of your life!

How did you wake up this morning? Maybe to an alarm on your cell phone? What was your first thought? For many of us it’s “Can I sleep for another half hour?”. And, what was your last thought of the evening? Maybe you thought about whether you could watch just one more episode on your streaming service or whether it was really time for you to go to sleep. In fact, it is likely that these were the first and last risk management decisions of your day. Each of one us makes hundreds of risk management decisions whether we are at home, in our free time, or at work. Do you know the kinds of risks you are taking while navigating the digital world in our everyday life?  

Report a Finnish Creative Professional

Open Call
Do you know (or are you yourself) a Finnish artist, producer, programmer, writer, designer or other creative professional working in the Benelux-area?

Risto Kuulasmaa chosen as our new advisor in the Netherlands

Besides Finland, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux operates in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Institute’s offices are located in Brussels. In order to remain up to date with all the trends and future directions in its countries of operation, the Institute cooperates with local advisors.  


What if the future of music came from the Far North? There is no doubt that Nordic and Finnish musicians play an important role in the international music scene. Every category has a Nordic touch : vocal and instrumental music, metal, traditional and contemporary music, and jazz.  

Kati Laakso: The Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux’s 2018 theme is Transitions

Less than two months ago I moved from Tokyo to Brussels, straight into the heart of Europe and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux’s great programming for 2018! We have our excellent previous Director Aleksi Malmberg to thank for carrying out the preparations for the start of the year, as well as our amazing team, with whom I now have the privilege of adding new initiatives and ideas to the programme.  

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi: Bringing Sámi culture to the House of European History

Okay, so there’s nothing here on the Sámi people”, I noticed at the end of an introductory tour of the House of European History. I was visiting the relatively new House of European History at the beginning of February as part of a group of twenty odd individuals involved in the Remembering 1918 programme. Each one of us had the task that day of leading our own public tours of the House of European History. After the introductory tour, we were given a few hours to prepare to offer our own views on the museum’s exhibition which deals with European history.

DAS Theatre visits the Baltic Circle Festival

For several years, this small international festival has been experimenting with new curatorial practices in a fierce and open way. The festival distinguishes itself by introducing co-curating, by politicising curatorship, and by rethinking the international. Baltic Circle hereby positions itself as a forerunner and is an ideal ground to visit with students who are themselves operating in the field of “expanding curation”.