Seminar of the City Ghettos of Today in Helsinki 16.9.2014: Global Pasts, Local presents

16.9. at 2-6 pm

Lavaklubi, National Theatre

Läntinen teatterikuja 1, Helsinki

The audience is welcome to continue the discussions
at the Kurdish restaurant Mesopotamia, Cultural Centre Caisa at 6-8 pm


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Seminar invitation in pdf format:

Global Pasts, Local Presents, Seminar of the City Ghettos of Today 16.9.2014

The City Ghettos of Today is an interdisciplinary artist-run project that takes place in seven European cities. It examines the multiform cultural realities that constitute the urban landscapes in Europe today. What are the dynamics of migrant communities in Europe today and how do they connect to the collective memory of Europe´s past? During the project artistic workshops, installations and performances are created in collaboration with local communities, artists and researchers.

The seminar will present case studies of The City Ghettos of Today  project in the different European cities involved in the project: Paris, Warsaw, Bologna, Helsinki, Milan and Berlin. Researchers and artists from these cities will describe their local approach to addressing the concept of ghettos, the communities and partners with whom they have worked and the preparatory work in view of the project’s installation in their city. Cities that have already realized their installation will illustrate with video samples how the preparatory process contributed to the installations and performances.

Stuba Nikula, Cultural Director of Helsinki, will give special greetings on behalf of the Helsinki city.

After the seminar the participants can continue by a dinner table at the Kurdish restaurant Mesopotamia, Cultural Centre Caisa at 18:30-19. The dinner (9 €) includes a musical poetry presentation from multilingual Helsinki with Sivuvalo poets and cellist Sergio Castrillón.


With the participation of:

o   Pietro Floridia, artistic director of the project, Bologna

o   Alicja Borkowska, coordinator of the international project, Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw

o   Aleksander Robotycki, cultural anthropologist, The State Ethnographical Museum, Warsaw

o   Rachel Shapiro,  independent researcher in performance studies, theatre and integration politics, Check Points, Paris

o   Elena Basteri, dance and performance curator, Onelf Company, Berlin

o   Maria Koskijoki, Museum Director, Cultural Anthropologist, Helsinki

o   Helena Oikarinen-Jabai, Researcher, art based research in postcolonial spaces, Helsinki

o   Tomasz Gromadka, script writer and journalist, Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw

o   Linda Fahssis, theatre director, Cie Check Points, Paris

o   Greet Vissers, theatre director, KunstZ, Antwerpen

o   Project’s Helsinki-based  team;

Alejandro Olarte, Centre for Music and Technology, University of Arts; Marek Pluciennik, Ptarmigan ry; Eveliina Heinonen, audience development of the National Theatre;
Walter Fondo, Pacunet ry; Petra Hannus, Stoa; Minna Lepistö, Kansalaisfoorumi; Jan-Henrik Johansson, Wikivision; Roxana Crisólogo and Yousif Abu al Fawz, Sivuvalo poets;
Yesmith Sanchez, project communication, Helsinki; Luis Raposo Da Cruz, theatre director specialized in site-specific community theatre.

o   Comments on the project by Luis Raposo Da Cruz, theatre director specialized in community-based site-specific theatre, Portugal

The seminar will be conducted by Outi Korhonen, regional artist for cultural diversity. Main organisers are Arts Promotion Centre / Uusimaa and Citizen´s Forum.



City Ghettos of Today videostill by Marek Pluciennikeraana_iltana_helsingissa_yousif_abu_al_fawz_rajattu