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Participants for the Study Trip to the Netherlands have been selected

Participants for the Study Trip to the Netherlands have been selected

The participants for the Study Trip to the Netherlands organised by Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux have been selected. The  participants for the trip were selected through an open call announced in February.  

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux Stands with Ukraine

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.

SALWA Gatherings

SALWA Gatherings

All Good Things Must Begin: Roots and Routes In response to the pandemic, the heightened precarity of artists, and a series of catalytic scandals that recently shook the art world in the  Netherlands the past year, we would like to direct our attention in 2022 to...

TelepART: Ilona Salonen

TelepART: Ilona Salonen

Dance artist Ilona Salonen is our latest artist to be supported by the TelepART Mobility Support Platform. Salonen will attend a three week laboratory and perform in an international group at the TicTac Art Center in Brussels. She will also perform two short versions...

TelepART: Miradonna Sirkka

TelepART: Miradonna Sirkka

The latest artist supported by the TelepART Mobility Support is a contemporary circus and performance artist Miradonna Sirkka who is staying in the Netherlands for a 6-week residency. The residency is part of SEA Foundation’s longer-term research on art and sustainability and their project focusing on the Happiness.

Ritual City by Benjamin Orlow at the Horst Exhibition for 2022

Ritual City by Benjamin Orlow at the Horst Exhibition for 2022

We are delighted to announce the Horst Exhibition for 2022: The Act of Breathing will infuse the unique terrain of Asiat, Vilvoorde. The institute takes part in the exhibition by supporting the production of the commissioned work Ritual City by Benjamin Orlow, a Finnish-Swedish visual artist based in London, UK.

ART & LAND – EU-SÁMI Week in Brussels

ART & LAND – EU-SÁMI Week in Brussels

On the occasion of Sámi National Day, we bring you the news that the first-ever EU-Sámi Week will be held in Brussels, in June. The aim of the ESW2022 is to increase awareness of Sámi culture, create networks and heighten the knowledge of Sámi issues among the policymakers in various sectors that affect Sámi interests.

New faces at the Institute

New faces at the Institute

January is finally here and we welcome our new staff members!  First up is an intern for the Finnish National Agency for Education, Sonja Koivisto, who started her traineeship at the beginning of the month. She will be working as a Communications and Project Assistant...

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

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...

We are looking for a Communications Officer

We are looking for a Communications Officer

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is looking for a part-time (19 hours/week) Communications Officer to join our team for permanent employment starting 10 January 2022. As the Institute’s Communication Officer, you will: ● Be responsible for creating...

Michiel Vandevelde at ‘Moving in November’

Michiel Vandevelde at ‘Moving in November’

Belgian choreographer Michiel Vandevelde is taking part in the contemporary dance festival Moving in November in Helsinki, running from 4 - 14.11.21. Dances of Death reflects on the concept of death in our time. New incurable diseases are haunting us, suicide rates...

Possibilities of Potential Selves – Ervin Latimer x Morgane Gielen

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

Annual report 2020

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

The year of DIALOGUES

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

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

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.

(UN)Dressing the Man – Meet the speakers

(UN)Dressing the Man – Meet the speakers

They say the clothes make a man - but what does that actually mean? (UN)Dressing the Man explores the notion of masculinity in fashion in a panel talk. Join us on the 26th of August 2020 at Kämp Garden for a discussion on how the body and form is evolving in fashion...

Black Lives Matter

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.

Trainee’s diary

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

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

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.

5 Finnish Photographers

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.

5 Finnish Illustrators

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.