Performing arts in Finland

The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the preparation of legislation that applies to the performing arts, i.e. theatre, dance, circus and performance art, as well as the allocation of funding from the general budget. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Central Arts Council and the National Council for the Performing Arts act as expert bodies that provide guidance in this work. 

The Ministry of Education and Culture promotes the quality of performances, availability of services and the field's amateur activities. Safeguarding accessibility and diversity are also of importance.

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Theatre

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the preparation and presentation of theatre performances by granting funding. Funding is given to the Finnish National Theatre, state-subsidized theatres, which can be drama theatre groups, dance theatre groups or circus groups as well as independent theatre professionals. Arts Promotion Centre Finland provides funding for independent performing arts professionals.

The Finnish National Theatre is a national art institution tasked with the development of Finnish theatre and dramatic expression.

A state-subsidy is given to 46 professional  drama theatres and 11 dance theatres. The network covers the entire country.

Theatre Info Finland is responsible for news and communication related to the field.

 

Dance in Finland

The state-subsidised theatre network includes 11 dance theatres and production centres. Two permanent dance groups perform at Finland's so-called large theatres: the Helsinki Dance Company as part of the Helsinki City Theatre and the Finnish National Ballet as part of the Finnish Nation Opera.

The National Council for the Performing Arts provides discretionary funding in the form of operating subsidies and artists' grants to independent performing arts professionals.  The ministry supports the cultural policy activities of national dance organisations. Dance Info Finland is responsible for all news and communications related to the field.

 

Circus art in Finland

The Ministry of Education and Culture funds the preparation and performance of modern circus performances.

The National Council for the Performing Arts grants operating subsidies and artists' grants. Independent circus professionals, who include registered circus groups, individual working groups, production companies and freelance artists, can receive this funding.

The ministry supports the field's national culture policy activities and amateur activities by appropriating funds for the use of the field's national organisations. CircusInfo Finland is responsible for news and communication related to the field.

 

Performance and live art

Performance and live art are location and situation-bound art, which combine different art forms. Approximately 150-300 artists, as well as numerous groups and associations work in performance and live art. They can receive grants and subsidies from the National Council for the Performing Arts.

Contact information

Katri Santtila, Kulttuuriasiainneuvos 
OKM, Kulttuuri- ja taidepolitiikan osasto (KUPO), Taiteen ja kulttuuriperinnön vastuualue (TAKU) 0295330285   forename.surname@minedu.fi