Open call for Dance All Year Long Kokkola 2020


DANCE ALL YEAR LONG KOKKOLA is looking for 2 dance projects for 2020
DAYL KLA is offering two residencies during the year 2020 in the city of Kokkola for two dance artists. Project encourages artists to apply who are
– not from Finland and have never visited Kokkola.
– Finnish artists with a connection with Kokkola.

DANCE ALL YEAR LONG is a customizable residency program for guest dance artists created by LOCATION X ( The program can travel to different cities and countries. First edition took place in 24 different venues for 25 professional dance artists in Odense, Denmark, between July 2018 and June 2019. Second edition will happen in 12 different venues for 12 different dance artists in Kokkola, Finland, between January and December 2020, the celebratory year of the city’s 400th birthday. Finnish dance artists Taneli Törmä & Eleni Pierides (LOCATION X) are the project leaders and curators for Kokkola 2020 residencies. They will select and connect each individual guest artist with a local collaboration partner/venue.

Project idea:
During a period of 12 months, DANCE ALL YEAR LONG KOKKOLA presents versatile dance projects in different kinds of venues for different kinds of audiences. Every month through the whole year, DAYL KLA offers the local community free presentations, workshops and artist talks – thus presenting the diversity of dance & choreography today. The aim is to research through questions and try, how it would feel and what kind of impact there would be if in a city such as Kokkola there would be a professional dance environment the whole year long. Each presentation and related workshops are free of charge for the audience.

DAYL KLA is now looking for two dance projects for 2020:

Kahvila Saha: 18-30th of May 2020

Kokkola City Theater: 7.-18th of December 2020

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Kokkola City Theater: 7.-18th of December 2020

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Local collaboration partners / venues offer:
– 2 weeks of workspace for rehearsal and public presentation.
– Help with marketing through the venue’s platforms, network and audience.
DAYL KLA will offer for guest artists:
– Accommodation (for max 2 persons).
– 1000€ production support.
– Marketing.
– DAYL KLA will also connect guest artists with a potential local partner: a dancer, musician, visual artist, group of volunteers….
Guest artists will cover:
-Traveling costs
-Rest of possible production costs.

As part of their project the artist will offer
-Free work-in-process presentation / sharing session for local community, including artist talk.
Please be aware that the artists are responsible for their own project (project idea, content, execution, technical needs).
Please send your CV and max. 1 page proposal with subject name ”Proposal DAYL KLA 2020”, before the deadline 30th of September to Taneli Törmä:
If you have questions, please write to to Eleni Pierides:

DEADLINE Monday 30th of September at 16:00 (Finnish time zone)


Project is supported by Kokkola 400, Taiteen Edistämiskeskus and Pohjanmaan Tanssin Aluekeskus.