CircusInfo Finland actively participates in several international and domestic collaboration projects, which focus on creating opportunities for professionals on the field.

Performing HEL

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Being held for the fourth time, Performing HEL is intended for international and Finnish presenters and theatre and festival directors and will take place in Helsinki in late summer 2023. The Performing HEL showcase, a joint effort between eight operators in the Finnish performing arts sector, will present an enthralling array of performances representing current circus, dance and theatre in Finland.

Aim of this event, which has been supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, is to promote sales and export of Finnish performing arts. The 2023 event is being organised by Dance Info Finland in collaboration with CircusInfo Finland and Theatre Info Finland (TINFO). The other partners are Helsinki Festival, Espoo City Theatre, The Swedish Theatre, Klockriketeatern and The Finnish National Theatre.

Pragma Helsinki 

Pragma Helsinki was born from a two-year development project ignited by Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland. The project is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

Pragma Helsinki was created based on the need to develop sustainable working conditions in collaboration with artists. We help our clients to achieve their professional dreams by supporting them through every step of the journey, from recognizing needs to filing reports. We have an understanding of how the artist can attain his or her goals and ideals without compromising artistic content. With us, the artist will find a competent and pragmatic partner who can take care of any assignment, from production, administration and/or sales. 

It was clear from the very start of Pragma Helsinki that we as producers and managers need to determine our common values and let them guide us in our decision-making. While recognizing our values, the words that frequently came up were: partnership, professionalism, open-mindedness, compassion and reliability. These values are the foundation of Pragma and we aim to convey them in everything we do. Now and in the future.

Pragma Helsinki is located in Helsinki, Finland.
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CircusInfo Finland’s and Dance Info Finland’s joint project on internationalization 2019-2022

The project aims at strengthening the international contacts and networks in Asian and North American markets for both Finnish circus and dance, through organising showcase events at performing arts fairs and market places. The project received a grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The project strengthens the international visibility, export and networks for circus and dance, especially in Asia and North Americas, as well as develops the international know-how of our artists, producers and managers. The project enables us to organise several networking trips to performing arts fairs, to support the mobility of several artists and producers, and to organise training in international skills for our fields.

During 2022 CircusInfo Finland and Finnish circus artists will possibly take part in two international promotion events, one in North America and one in Asia.

CINARS Biennale for Performing Arts, Canada, 7–12 November 2022

YPAM (Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting), Yokohama, Japan, December 2022

For further information contact our Head of International Development Lotta Nevalainen:

Digital Leap – Capacity building for circus and dance professionals 2022–2023

Digital Leap is an international two-year project that offers dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in performing arts.

How do we promote and distribute performances digitally and virtually, without compromising the essential live experience?

Digital Leap consists of four self-contained five-day training modules, the first one starting in spring 2022. The modules are held in Czech Republic, Lithuania, Catalunya and France. Participants – altogether 28 for each module – are chosen through open calls for professionals in the partner countries.

Each training module approaches the topic from a different angle: promoting artistic  work on digital platforms, adapting performances for virtual environments, distributing artistic work and ideas digitally, and connecting with audiences by digital means. The training programme is built on learning by doing and will invite experts from various disciplines as teachers, facilitators and mentors.

The ideas and knowhow emerged in the training modules will be accessible for all and published in the form of digital Cookbooks and videos. Seminars for the local performing arts professionals will be organised in each participating country in spring 2023.

For further information contact our Head of International Development Lotta Nevalainen:

Digital Leap is a collaboration between eight expert organisations from seven European countries: ARTCENA (FR), Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), CircusInfo Finland (FI), Dance Info Finland (FI), Danscentrum Sverige (SE), Institut Ramon Llull IRL (ES), Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LT) and Performing Arts Hub Norway (NO). Dance Info Finland coordinates the project.

Digital Leap has received funding of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. More information about the Erasmus+ programme can be found here: ›

Samovar Circles 2021–2022

Samovar Circles is a collective catalyst and boiler of ideas on how to tackle new challenges and opportunities for the performing arts in the post covid era. Artists, presenters and funders within the Nordic and Baltic contemporary circus and performing arts field will be invited to a series of intimate and highly participative meetings on the following themes: the future of international collaboration, diversity and representation and preventing a lost generation of artists.

Samovar Circles will constitute an empathy driven think-tank from which inspiration can flow and new models for tomorrow can be constructed. Samovar Circles is initiated with the aim to support stakeholders across the field to keep going, strengthen their relations and find out together how to build new support structures for the future. Samovar Circles will take place both online and live.

Samovar Circles is a short term network initiated and organised by Subtopia (Sweden), CircusInfo Finland (Finland), Performing Arts Hub (Norway), Teatronas (Lithuania), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Latvia) and Wildtopia (Denmark). The partners represent different missions, contexts, knowledge and practices.

Nordics Combined

Nordics Combined is a collaboration network of CircusInfo Finland, Dance Info Finland, Performing Arts Hub Norway (PAHN) (Norway), The Danish Arts Foundation (Denmark) and The Swedish Arts Council (Sweden). The aim of the collaboration is to enhance the visibility of Nordic performing arts globally. This is carried out by information sharing, Nordic presence at performing arts fairs and markets, and different cooperation projects. The network has e.g. organised the Korea-Nordic cooperation program, with KAMS Korea Arts Management Service as the Korean lead partner.

For further information contact our Head of International Development Lotta Nevalainen:

Towards new stages 2020–2022

A collaboration project between CircusInfo Finland and Dance Info Finland attempts to sustainably improve the outreach of circus and dance performances. The aim is to create possibilities for touring within Finland in an ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable way. Three regional days outside the Helsinki metropolitan will be organised with the financial support of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, one or two of them as webinars. These regional meetings will bring together performing art professionals from the circus and the dance companies and from the regional performing art institutions (theatres, festivals, regional centres). The project aims at enhancing performance visits by sharing knowledge and co-learning. The training sessions focus on marketing and communications both from the point of view of the visiting company and the receiving venue. In addition, two pitch-presentation events of circus and dance shows will be organised.

For further information contact our Head of Development (Finland) Johanna Mäkelä: