RE/defining Masculinities: Helsinki Opening Event

Central Library Oodi
Logo banner for Redefining Masculinities with photo of two young boys playing on the grass in a city park.
Image: Gods of Molenbeek, Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus
Opening event, with film screening. Free event. In English.

The RE/defining Masculinities week opens at 17:00 on Tuesday 5.11. in Maijansali at the Central Library Oodi. The evening programme includes a small introduction to the RE/defining Masculinities project by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, followed by a welcome speech by the Belgian Ambassador to Finland Carl Peeters. The opening concludes with the screening of Reetta Huhtanen’s documentary film Gods of Molenbeek (2019), which follows the friendship between the Finnish Aatos and the Belgian Amine, two boys living in the Molenbeek district of Brussels.

This event is free and open for everyone. Please note that seating is limited, so make sure to arrive in time to ensure a good spot! 

The opening event is organised by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux in collaboration with the Embassy of Belgium in Finland and the Central Library Oodi.

The RE/defining Masculinities is a project initiated by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, with a wide network of partners. The project aims to present and discuss the subject of masculinities from new and cross-disciplinary perspectives through a series of cultural events and academic discussions realised in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Finland. With this project, we hope to stir and evoke critical thinking, and to break outdated moulds and preconceptions as to what the term masculinity entails in our society today, by not only considering its generic forms and public perceptions - but by also addressing the notions of inclusivity and equality. The project is a part of our theme for 2019, which is RE/definitions, and is part of the Cultural Programme for Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.