Annual Report 2023

mei 2, 2024 | News

Our Annual Report for 2023 is now available to read in Finnish! The report offers an overview of our entire range of activities in 2023.

The past year was truly special thanks to the Institute’s 30th anniversary, which means a whole three decades of cultural and artistic collaboration between Finland and the Benelux. As often is the case with birthdays involving round numbers, we not only took a look back but also set our sights firmly on the future. The latter came true in a very real way with the introduction of our new strategy, which places emphasis on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion as well as ecologically and socially sustainable working methods.

Among our events, the year’s highlights included Teo Ala-Ruona’s piece ENTER EXUDE, co-produced by the Institute with the premiere held in Helsinki’s Kiasma Theatre, the screening of Suvi West’s documentary Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle in Brussels, the performance of COSMIC LATTE by Sonya Lindfors at the Julidans festival in Amsterdam as well as our then-intern Yohannes Henriksson’s performance titled Texture of Connection during the URB Festival in Helsinki.

Two people standing on stage. One has their arm reached and is touching the other.

Texture of Connection. Photo by Yohannes Henriksson / The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux

We are excited to say we collaborated and engaged with over 100 artists and cultural professionals and 40+ partners from Finland, the Benelux and the Nordics! A warm thank you to everyone that we had the pleasure of working with.

You can read our full 2023 annual report in Finnish. Stay tuned for the English version, which will be published soon on our website.

Cover Image: ENTER EXUDE by Teo Ala-Ruona in Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki, Finland, 2023. Photo: The Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen.

Watch the teaser of Julian Owusu’s Boys Won’t Be Boys video performance at Svenska Teatern

In anticipation of the premiere of Boys Won’t Be Boys in Helsinki, we bring you a teaser of the moving video performance by artist Julian Owusu!

TelepART: May 2024

Milla Koistinen performs “Breathe” at SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with support from the TelepART Mobility Support Platform allocated by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

Redefining the male body experience and shaking up the arts – an interview with Jani Toivola

For the first time, Jani Toivola shares the stage while exploring the concept of masculinity and the male body experience in Boys Won’t Be Boys’ Finland debut on 23 May.

Participants for the networking trip to Circusstad Festival have been selected

The participants for the networking trip to Circusstad Festival organised by Circus and Dance Info Finland, the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux have been selected.

Kriticos Mwansa and The Book Club return to Helsinki with an XL edition at Kiasma

Join Kriticos Mwansa’s XL Book Club at the URB festival on 5 June. The conversation brings together six high profile creatives from Finland as they discuss books by Caleb Azumah Nelson and Questlove.