Besides Finland, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux operates in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Institute’s offices are located in Brussels. In order to remain up to date with all the trends and future directions in its countries of operation, the Institute cooperates with local advisors.
Amsterdam based Risto Kuulasmaa is a prolific entrepreneur and senior advisor connecting the dots between the worlds of business, entertainment and arts.
He has co-founded Pan-European Tubecon online influencer event network and created several award-winning television formats. Risto is an advisor in several startups and a board member at UNICEF Finland.
“I am happy to be onboard enabling international encounters and collaborations. I am looking forward to continuing my work as a connector creating meaningful dialogue between arts, science and culture.”
Finnish Cultural Institute would like to get to know Finnish professionals working in the creative field in the Benelux better.
The new EUNIC Brussels conference cycle questioning the future of Europe. The ambition of the project is to rethink the social contract, so that it no longer relies on the relationship between citizens and the state but goes beyond this by taking into account the different dimensions of life today and the crucial issues citizens are facing.
In 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux together with Zodiak – center for contemporary dance, SPRING Festival Utrecht and Baltic Circle Festival, commissions a new work by choreographer Sonya Lindfors and writer-activist Maryan Abdulkarim. The work is a combination of workshops, lectures and performances, where choreographers and activists come together, imagining radical utopian common futures. Lindfors and Abdulkarim work closely together with local activists in Utrecht, Brussels and Helsinki.
This summer, BOZAR centre for fine arts opens an exhibition together with artist-run galleries from across Europe. Jaakko Pallasvuo & Viktor Timofeev are represented by the Brussels-based Komplot gallery.
Kaarina Kaikkonen is creating a new work called If I had Wings – Social Elevator in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels.
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.