Kati Laakso, Msc (Econ), named new Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is a Brussels-based organisation specialised in arts and culture and is part of Finland’s worldwide network of cultural and academic institutes. Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project. Laakso’s strengths lie in her expertise in the visual arts and design fields, her extensive international work experience as well as her skills in managing a diverse range of projects.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux’s current Director Aleksi Malmberg, M.Phil, took on his assignment in 2014. Malmberg will move on to become the General Manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2018 and Laakso will take on her new role in February 2018.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.
The TelepART Mobility Support Platform has made over a hundred international performance visits possible for 155 artists. The programme has met the needs of performing artists looking to gain international exposure by providing an efficient grant scheme.
The Finnish Cultural Institute in Benelux Trust seeks to fill the position of Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Dutch art publishers Jap Sam Books, presents the essay collection Home Reassembled – On Art, Destruction and Belonging.
This autumn, the EUNIC network of European National Institutes for Culture will for the seventh time bring together our diverse languages and cultures through poetry. On 26 September on the European Day of Languages, the Finnish poetry slam duo Melinda & Malin will open the Transpoesie series with two performances.