Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 programme to be released in October


The jury and the production team are working hard to put together an artistic programme of nearly 40 Nordic artists and dance companies that will be presented on the platform in February 2022. Sustainability is an important issue today in organizing international events.

The selection will be made on the basis of 300 applications to the open call that closed in April. The event takes place mainly in the different venues at the Cable Factory which sees the opening of the brand new Dance House Helsinki just a week before Nordic dance takes over the place.

Sustainability is an important issue when it comes to organizing an international platform today. The slogan – soft footprint, strong handprint – conveys the message that the Nordic event aims to both minimize its environmental load and maximize its positive impacts.

To reduce the number of venues, to use accommodation that is within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport, reduces the need for incessant transportation of guests, and thereby is a way to minimize the carbon footprint.

Ice Hot also speaks for ecological travel options to Helsinki for the selected artists and the presenters who register to the event.

Making sustainable production choices is Ice Hot’s guiding principle that extends also to its partners on all levels. The new Dance House Helsinki – the main collaboration partner of the event – is an example of a venue that takes ecological questions into account from the beginning. They have thoroughly considered the technology they built to the performance spaces as it has a long-term impact on many things.

Construction site of the dance house helsinki

Dance House Helsinki construction site in September 2021 © Sanna Kangasluoma

Petteri Laukkanen, Head of Technical department of the Dance House gives an example in an article published on Ice Hot Nordic Dance webpage:

“All of the performance lighting in Dance House is based on LED technology, which means that our electricity consumption will be just a fraction of what it would be with traditional lighting technology. I predict that it will be just a matter of time before all performance lighting follows suit.”

Sharing knowledge and good practices as well as talking widely about different scopes of climate questions is part of Ice Hot’s sustainability policy.

As many people and organizations in performing arts are addressing these issues, Ice Hot also turned to the music sector to see what there would be to learn about sustainable touring in the Nordic region.

The key to the change is working as a network

“[…] Local networks are now used in smarter ways. Venues and concert organisers might inform competing colleagues that a band is coming to play a show, and ask whether they want to book the group for the next day at another local venue,” says Raisa Siivola from Jazz Finland whose network project unites Nordic jazz promoters and bands to develop sustainable touring in the region.

The article Taking on the world, sustainably states clearly that if you want to make change the key is developing environmental responsibility as a network. The drummer Mikko Sirén of the Finnish metal group Apocalyptica puts it like this:

“When artists within the sector put pressure on organisers to start moving in a new direction and begin talking between themselves, it can lead to big forces for change. One great example is Flow Festival here in Finland, where the high level of sustainability requirements is the result of demands from both the performers and the consumers. The sustainable consumption basis upon which the festival is built is part of the festival’s brand, and has also become a market asset.”

“We Ice Hot partners are in this for the long-run. We want to do our share in strengthening the sustainability of the dance field by testing more sustainable practices in a platform context. We ask ourselves how Ice Hot can maximize the positive impacts to benefit artists, presenters and the field at large. We hope to learn from the process and share our successes as well as our shortcomings widely,” says Katarina Lindholm, Project Leader for Ice Hot Helsinki, from Dance Info Finland.

Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 takes place on February 9–13, 2022.

The programme will be released in October and the registration starts at the same time.

Ice Hot Nordic Dance is a collaboration network of partner organizations in five Nordic countries: Dance Info Finland, Dansehallerne (Denmark), Dansens Hus Oslo (Norway), Dansens Hus Stockholm (Sweden) and Ice Hot Reykjavik (Iceland).

Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 platform is organized by Dance Info Finland. The presenters and artists are welcomed to the newly opened Dance House Helsinki, our main collaborator in this event.