This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. At Ääniwalli and different venues in Helsinki, Baltic Circle presents multiple plays, workshops, research projects, and other theatrical performances from some of the Nordic nations: Sweden, Iceland, Russia, the U.K. and Finland.
|Oblivia | © by Eija Mäkivuoti|
Baltic Circle is one of a kind, promoting the development of contemporary drama on a platform for Finnish and international artists. The festival served as a promoter for intercultural exchange in the Baltic Sea Region with artist exchange, international co-productions and European-wide projects since 1996.
In 2007, the festival became an affiliated project of ARS BALTICA, a member of International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM), and a member of Festivals in Transition (FIT).
The program kicks off with a seminar by Poste Restante (Sweden), analyzing Sigmund Freud’s idea of freedom and a temporary utopia. Another topic that will be analyzed through theatre is sex and pornography. “Porn of Pure Reason” (Finland) is an exposure of one of the most human demonstrations typically hidden behind closed doors, yet quite often exposed through film.
Of special note in this November’s program is “Oblivia,” a Finnish-U.K. performance group that purposefully creates “bad art” for the second part of a five-year Museum of Postmodern Art (MOPMA) project.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)