Urbaanin taiteen ja kulttuurin festivaali

URB 18

07.06.2018 – 14.06.2018

The 19th edition of URB festival presents i.a. a 10-hour solo concert by a drummer Tatu Rönkkö, street dance rooted dance groups Sensum and NOD,  performance SMS – Soft Message Service by a director Joel Neves which explores the cultures of digital and physical communication, an event about climate change Huomattavaa häiriötä ilmastonmuutoksesta.

The festival was shifted from August to June.

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Olavi Louhivuori

Concert in the dark: Olavi Louhivuori


A Finnish musician Olavi Louhivuori created a concert in the dark.

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Caprices III

Henri Hütt & Mihkel Ilus: Caprices III

06.04.2018 – 07.04.2018

performance_now programme

A performative installation by young Estonian artists is dominated by the frontal collision of black and white magic. The performance is inspired by Kiasma Theatre’s space.

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Maria Metsalu: Mademoiselle X

UUE – Estonian Contemporary (performance) Art Festival

21.02.2018 – 25.02.2018

UUE-festival celebrates Estonia’s 100th anniversary by presenting the new artistic generation featuring Flo Kasearu, Iggy Lond Malborg, Maria Metsalu, Kristina Norman ja  SU—MU.

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06.12.2017 – 13.12.2017

Part of ARS17 programme

PET is a long lasting performance that embraces the darkness and blurs the sense of time.

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Jefta van Dinther

Jefta van Dinther: Dark Field Analysis

03.11.2017 – 05.11.2017

Part of ARS17 programme and Moving in November festival

Dark Field Analysis calls upon the intensity of being alive by placing us humans in relation to other forms of life. In the performance, organic blends with synthetic, human with animal and material with ethereal.

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Mikko Joensuu

Mikko Joensuu’s visual concert

14.10.2017 – 15.10.2017

Part of performance_now programme

A concert with visual elements, a collaboration with musician Mikko Joensuu and visualist Joonas Tikkanen.

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Maximilian Latva, Katri Kainulainen

Performance art in the spirit of Kalervo Palsa

06.10.2017 – 07.10.2017

Performance artists Maximilian Latva and Katri Kainulainen celebrated the legendary Finnish painter Kalervo Palsa by animating his paintings in collaboration with artist Arttu Kurttila and photographer Antti Ahonen.

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Korakrit Arunanondchai, boychild

With history in a room filled with people with funny names 4


Korakrit Arunanondchai dives into his exhibition together with performance artist boychild, artist Alex Gvojic and lighting designer Michael Potvin.

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Amor fati

Anna-Mari Karvonen & Anni Puolakka: Amor Fati

09.09.2017 – 17.09.2017

Part of ARS17 programme

A certain earthly material enchants our protagonist Brad, who has drifted into a life crisis and a type of raw condition.

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Urbaanin taiteen ja kulttuurin festivaali

URB 17: Playing with Reality

02.08.2017 – 10.08.2017

The title of this edition of URB festival, Playing with Reality, refers to the critical and playful way art posits itself in relation to the world we are living in. It is constantly questioning the way it is organized and proposing new ways to perceive and sense it. In this context it has to do with the critical inspection and constructive upsetting of its commonly and often unconsciously held narratives and ideas of identity.

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Otso Huopaniemi: Koneen mieli

Otso Huopaniemi: Mind Machine

19.05.2017 – 21.05.2017

Part of ARS17 programme

A multidisciplinary performance by Otso Huopaniemi and Pilvari Pirtola, words uttered in response to unspeakable videos are again translated into video and back in a seemingly endless intersemiotic loop.

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Prins of Networks

Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larrachea: Prins of Ne†works

28.04.2017 – 29.04.2017

Part of ARS17 programme

Twinning art production with the chemical process of decompose; Prins of Networks is a visual manifesto probing new ecologies that blends the digital and the analogue as one. It reconciles the human with the being by virtually subtracting the human of the equation, highlighting the being in the rest of it all.

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Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek

Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek / CAMPO: Schönheitsabend

06.04.2017 – 07.04.2017

Part of ARS17 programme

In Schönheitsabend, Holzinger and Riebeek appropriate early 20th century orientalism, which permeates this performance about power relations, gender roles, violence and sex with madness, ecstasy and explicit eroticism.

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Musica Nova Helsinki: Helsinki Chamber Choir


The concert performed in various spaces of the unique architecture of the Kiasma building featured modern choral classics side by side with very recent works. The pieces incorporate spatial elements through various configurations of the singers.

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Toisissa tiloissa

Other Spaces live arts collective: Alien Art. Humanoid Hypothesis 2

22.04.-04.05.2016 & 20.01.-22.01.2017

The performance examines human action from the perspective of a higher extraterrestrial intelligence, while also regarding ourselves as space aliens. We will gather to imagine and experiment on what art might be when human evolution has progressed to the point where art as we know it has ceased to be necessary.

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Noora Dadu

Noora Dadu: FAIL

17.11.2016 – 10.12.2016 &  11.01. 2017 & 13.01.2017

It is all about failure. No one who has achieved illumination has even been able to share their experience. No words ever truly hit their mark. The only truth is in being wrong and misunderstood. Fail is a confession and a tribute to failure.

FAIL is Dadu’s independent second part to her previous performance My Palestine.

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Liikkeellä marraskuussa -nykytanssifestivaali

Omar Rajeh (LB) & MaHa (IR): Zaafaran

28.10.2016 – 29.10.2016

Part of Moving in november festival

Beirut-based choreographer Omar Rajeh was invited to Tehran to choreograph a piece Zaafaran for MaHa, a local dance company.

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/theatre.now 2016

18.10.2016 – 21.10.2016

This year’s edition was intertwined in seeing stage, mind and body from a contemporary psychoanalytic point of view. Sarah Vanhee (BE) performed her piece Turning, Turning.

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Elina Pirinen, Heidi Väätänen

Elina Pirinen & Heidi Väätänen: Concerto under Waterlilies

30.09.2016 – 16.10.2016

Concerto under Waterlilies is an on-stage autopsy of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2, its inspiration arising from profound and beautiful investigation and understanding of the human condition.

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Channel Surfers

Pixelache Festival: Interfaces for Empathy

22.09.2016 – 25.09.2016

Kiasma hosted two participatory works exploring embodied perception and experimental interaction: Channel Surfers ja Tazebao Hybrid Ecosystem.

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Urbaanin taiteen ja kulttuurin festivaali

URB 16

03.08.2016 – 12.08.2016

The URB 16 program is a multi-artistic and thematically rich set of dance, theatre, visual arts, cinema and other forms of artistic expression that are more difficult to categorize. The mission of the festival is to bring out and support artists of the younger generation, create local and international collaboration as well as to develop dialogue with mainly young audience.

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Anna Estarriola

Anna Estarriola: Ventriloquized


Borrowing the esthetics of a ventriloquist show, Anna Estarriola and a representation of her, together perform an existential duet that speculates about perception and the side effects of being under pressure.

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Sonja Jokiniemi

Sonja Jokiniemi: RRRRR

18.05.2016 – 21.05.2016

Performance artist Sonja Jokiniemi’s piece RRRRR investigates hallucinatory and illusory structures as choreographic starting points.

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Irma Luhta

Là-bas→ Abyss: Splinters in the Depths

13.05. & 15.05.2016

The live performances, videos and discussions of the performance art festival Là-bas→ Abyss examine the abyss left behind after the disappearance of Man, being in the abyss and leaving the abyss behind.

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Mika Taanila: Tectonic Plate (‘Mannerlaatta’, 2016)

31.03.2016 – 02.04.2016

Mika Taanila’s The Tectonic Plate (”Mannerlaatta”, 2016) is a feature-length Lettrist film, made entirely without a camera, about fear of flying, security checks and time zones.

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