15.-16. 3. 2022


1 DAY / WEDNESDAY / 15.3. 23

8:30 – 9:30 Registration / Morning coffee

9:30 – 9:45 Opening words by the Master of Ceremony Kemê

Welcome speeches by Larrie Griffis from Luckan Helsingfors, the chairperson of Globe Art Point Alexandr Foy, and the curator of ARTIVAL Nicol Savinetti.

9:45 – 11:15 Keynote: Culture Without Borders

Government representatives set up the scene for the conference by presenting the latest reports and general information reflecting on the situation of immigration, integration & inclusion, employment and cooperation in the Nordics.

Ann-Sofie Stude / Head of the Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Malin Weijmer / Coordinator at Kulturanalys Norden
• Panu Artemjeff / Singer and Songwriter, Researcher, Special Expert on Non-discrimination and Good Relations Policies
• Johanna Moilanen / Management Coordinator, Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI)

11:15-11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion: Funding Accessibility in The Nordics moderated by Alexandr Foy

Funding bodies, experts and researchers discuss the status and challenges of public subsidy systems for culture in the Nordics. What funding programmes, mobility grants, and subsidies are currently available to creatives based in the Nordic region? What does the future public funding for art and culture look like? Are we on the right track to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world? 

• Katja Lindqvist / PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University
• Anni Syrjäläinen / Senior Advisor at Nordic Culture Fund
• Gitte Wille / Director of Nordic Culture Point

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

13:30 – 13:45 Mindfulness / Self Healing session by Kemê

14:00 – 15:30 Woke or Broke. Panel discussion by Luckan Helsingfors moderated by Larrie Griffis

Woke or Broke! Do artists have to follow certain rules and guidelines when they are creating and if they do; who sets the rules and norms for creativity and expression? This panel will focus on just that; do you risk going broke if you don’t get woke?

• Meri Helmi Särkkä / Visual artist, Cultural Producer and Performer
• Bayonle Adelakun / Visual Artist
• Elias Edström / Dancer, Choreographer, Actor and Director. Founder of Wusheng Company

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:15 Arts and Culture for Better Health & Wellbeing

What is cultural wellbeing and what values, shared beliefs, customs, behaviours and identities does it encompass? This session investigates the effects of art and culture on people’s wellbeing. In addition, researchers and experts in the field present the latest trends, projects, networks and working groups on cultural wellbeing currently operating in the Nordic region.

• Laura Huhtinen-Hildén / Principal lecturer, Researcher and Head of Master’s Degree Programme Creativity and Arts in Social and Health Fields, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
• Pauliina Valtasaari / Artist Advisor of artists’ occupational wellbeing at The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)
Pablo Alvarez / Clown, Wellbeing Producer and Changemaker presenting Marino Clown Experiences

2 DAY / THURSDAY/ 16.3. 23

9:00 – 9:30 Registration / Morning coffee

9:30 – 11:00 WORLDTHREADING: Visibilizing our Nordic Cultural Landscape Through Literature moderated by Daniel Malpica

A panel of cultural organisers and poets in the Nordic region who come together to speak about the current literary and multimedia activities and networks building up in our region, such as Red Thread (network of publishers, translators and cultural organisers), Runoviikko (Turku’s Poetry Week) and the Nordic Union of Poetic Disobedience (Alliance for Performing Arts).

Nathalie Sallegren / British born – French origin – Papua New Guinean raised spoken word Artist, member of Nordic Union of Poetic Disobedience
• Emma Leppo / Finnish spoken word Poet and Organiser, Vice-president of Runoviikko ry / Poetry Week Association, member of Red Thread, member of Poets of Today – Voices of Tomorrow
• Pablo Saborio / Costa Rican – Danish Poet and Multimedia Artist, Co-founder of Red Thread, Poetry Director of Red Door Magazine

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Nordic Networks for The Performing Arts: Theatre, Dance, Circus

Are you a performing arts professional or organisation interested in growing your artistic practice? Are you dreaming of expanding internationally? During this session, representatives of various Nordic networks for the performing art field present their missions/values, programmes and activities. Most importantly, you will learn how to join their respective networks. Particular focus is given to theatre, dance and circus. 

• Sadjad Shokoohi / Independent Researcher, Consultant and Coach presenting the report: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of the Performing Arts Field in the Nordic Countries
• David Kozma / Artistic Director of New Theatre Helsinki presenting the New Nordic Network
• Sanna Meska / Managing Director of Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland presenting the Kedja Nordic/Baltic network of dance organisations
• Jarkko Lehmus / Director of Cirko – Center for New Circus presenting the Baltic Nordic Circus Network

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

13:30 – 13:45 Mindfulness / Self Healing session by Kemê

14:00 – 15:30 Culture, Heritage and Integration

What is the living or intangible heritage? How do we safeguard and preserve cultural heritage? What is the role of communities and NGO’s in preserving the living heritage, and how do we foster cultural connections and cross-national partnerships through art and culture? 

• Leena Marsio / Senior advisor, Finnish Heritage Agency
& Elisa Kraatari / Coordinator of the LIVIND project, Finnish Heritage Agency
• Martina Marti / Artist, Diversity Agent and Curator of the project Narratives of Finland
• Nicol Savinetti / Social Entrepreneur, DEIB & Social Sustainability Specialist, Writer & Editor 

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 17:00 Summit Workshops

WORKSHOP 1: Workshop on Living Heritage by the Finnish Heritage Agency (Museovirasto)

What is your heritage? How or why should I safeguard it? How is it related to sustainability?

Come and try out the Spinner of Living Heritage!  The tool makes it possible to spark an uncomplicated discussion about cultural heritage or to lead learners of different ages into deeper reflection.

The Spinner of Living Heritage is aimed at teachers, educators, instructors of hobby groups and anyone interested in cultural heritage. The Spinner of Living Heritage has been created as part of the international LIVIND project by the Finnish Heritage Agency and the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland.

WORKSHOP 2: Socially and Culturally Sustainable Finnish Art. Workshop on the Dialogue Cards 2.0 by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

The workshop will present a dialogue tool that supports cultural diversity and sustainable development. The tool provides organisations with practical support to reform working community practices and to respect cultural diversity and equality. After a short presentation, we invite facilitators and changemakers to discuss practices and tools for dialogue on cultural diversity: What kind of collaborative processes or creative workshops could help organisations to respect and embed diversity and equity in their work? What are the pros and cons of each method?

WORKSHOP 3: Cuerpalatina Pop-Up Experience

This is a special last minute addition to our summit programme organised for those participants of the conference who were unable to secure a spot in the summit workshops.

This experience follows the dramaturgical arc of the Cuerpalatina performance by Impropias Collective. Cuerpalatina is a dance-installation that takes the participants on a journey from separateness and strangeness into a celebration of togetherness. The movement language of the piece draws on the research and deconstruction of Latin American folk and popular dances. Impropias Collective will share with the audience their creative process and practise with a very low threshold for movement and interaction.

In this experience you will:

– Dance in a silent disco with your own headphones
– Explore movement possibilities with songs from Latin America of your choice
– Dance in small groups and dance all together in a mini dance party!
– Share your experience, reflect with others and meet the people around you.

This workshop is open to everyone with a wide range of skills and abilities.

IMPORTANT: Please remember, in order to attend this workshop, participants must bring their own set of headphones!

The Cuerpalatina Pop-Up Experience is facilitated by Mercedes Balarezo and Paola Nieto Paredes / Paola Elean, welcome!

Impropias Collective
Founded by Mercedes Balarezo Fernández, Yes Escobar, Paola Nieto Paredes, and Daniela Pascual Esparza in 2021, Impropias Collective researches Latin American identities from an embodied, situated, and feminist standpoint. In Spanish, “impropia” is the female form for inappropriate, for something inadequate or untimely. It is also a play of words between “improvisation” and “propio”, which means cool and street-smart in Ecuadorian slang.

17:00 – 17:30 Break

17:30 – 19:00 Closing party

• Elias Edström / Actor and Director

The performed Beijing Opera performance is a solo from the classical play ‘The righteous General is Banished’. We see the hero, Ren Tang Hui, presenting himself and looking for his brother, the General. The General has been wrongfully accused, banished and there is a plot to kill him. Our hero is in a hurry, however, it’s getting late and he needs to find shelter.

The performance demonstrates the skills for physical expression of the wu sheng role type with the long belt and one sleeve.

Elias Edström is a professional actor and director of physical theater. He is the first non-Asian to graduate with a masters degree in Beijing opera from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. In his professional career Elias has already founded two theater groups, Wusheng Company and Matchbox Company, the latter in which he is the artistic director as well as working with institutions in finland such as Tero Saarininen Company, The National Theater, Helsinki Festival and more.

• Sofia Zida / Painter, Musician, Composer and Songwriter

Sofia is going to perform a musical performance.
Sofia’s passion for art and music dates back to her childhood. Music has always accompanied her with painting becoming a great passion alongside music.

REGISTRATION: 13.2. – 12.3. 2023

This is a link to the registration form for GAP ART SUMMIT NORDIC organised by Globe Art Point in close cooperation with Luckan Helsingfors on 15th & 16th of March, 2023. The event is to be organised onsite in Luckan Helsingfors (Yrjönkatu 27, 00100 Helsinki) and virtually on YouTube. 

– Online participants do not need to register. The link to the online streaming will be accessible freely on our social media channels. 
– The event will be streamed and documented on YouTube.
– The workshops run simultaneously, you can only attend one of them.

Participants may enroll for the entire two-day event or separately for each day. It is totally okay to only attend a couple of sessions during the day, however, please remember there is a limited amount of seats available so if you are not sure if you can make it to our event, please allow others to register first. If you happen to have a change of heart or are unable to join, please inform us.