Festivals and venues

  • Cirko - Uuden sirkuksen keskus. © Jouni Ihalainen

Contemporary circus venues in Finland are mainly located in the capital area, e.g. the City of Helsinki’s cultural centres and theatres. Cirko – Center for New Circus has organised year-round performances in Helsinki since its opening in spring 2011. Outside the capital area contemporary circus can be seen especially in larger cities such as Turku, Tampere, Hämeenlinna and Oulu. New venues have also sprung up in the north of the country, e.g. in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle.

There are many annual professional circus festivals in Finland focusing on contemporary circus, as well as some other festivals that include circus or street arts in their programme.

The oldest contemporary circus festivals in Finland include 5–3–1 Festival of New Juggling (since 1998) and Cirko Festival (since 2006) in Helsinki, Circus Ruska Festival in Tampere (since 2005) and Finnish Diabolo Convention in Eräjärvi (since 2006).