Performing HEL

With performances, demos and production pitches, Performing HEL showcases circus, dance and theatre from Finland. Performing HEL takes place every two years in August/September – at the same time with the Helsinki Festival.

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Performing HEL is an intimate and friendly showcase event aimed for international and Finnish presenters of a variety of performing arts. It was first organized in 2018, then the following year 2019, and the third edition took place in September, 2021 in Helsinki, Finland and online. Next time Performing HEL is planned for Autumn 2023.

In the end of 2021, Performing HEL received an important financial support from the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland, helping to develop the digitalization of performing arts. With this grant of EUR 300,000, Performing HEL looks to the future. The main goal of the project is to increase the international visibility of Finnish performing arts, to develop its international distribution, and to increase the opportunities for artists. The funding comes from the European Union economic recovery package, Next Generation EU.

Read more about the showcase at

See the program of previous editions here

For further information, please contact:
Riitta Aittokallio, producer, | +358 (0)50 350 6722

Organized and supported by

In 2021 the main organizers of the event were Dance Info Finland & CircusInfo Finland in cooperation with Helsinki Festival, the Finnish National Theatre, Klockriketeatern, Svenska Teatern (the main Swedish-language theatre in Helsinki), Espoo City Theatre and Theatre Info Finland TINFO.

Performing HEL 2021 was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Embassy of Finland Moscow, Consulate General of Finland New York, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia, Finnish Institute Benelux, Finland’s institute in Stockholm, Finland’s Culture Institute in Denmark, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Finland’s institut in St.Petersburg, Institut Finlandais, the Finnish Institute in London, Goethe Institut, Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute and Finnagora.

In 2023, Performing HEL is organized by Dance Info Finland, CircusInfo Finland and Theatre Info Finland TINFO with cooperation partners, and funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

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