Where is the festival held?

The main festival programme takes place in Helsinki Central Library Oodi’s Maijansali hall. Several side events will also be taking place in and around Helsinki. 

The festival programme will also be live streamed for audiences joining us from across the world via the website.

Follow us on instagram @TogetherAgain2023 for all the latest information.

How can I participate in the festival?

How is Together Again funded?

Together Again is funded by a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2022). We have also received funding from the Wihuri Foundation to support the institute network’s aims to ensure inclusivity within the programme of Together Again. The institutes are subsidised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland as well as funded by private foundations from Finland and the countries in which the institutes are based.

How are inclusion and accessibility taken into consideration?

Being more inclusive and accessible is a constant learning process in our predominantly white and able-bodied Institute network. During the project we have had workshops and training on anti-racists and non-discriminatory practices within the cultural sphere: inclusive communications strategies with the team from deidei, as well as on event accessibility and online accessibility with specialist Xurxe Toivo Garcia.

We have been further exploring working together, listening to artists’ feedback and adjusting our ways of working, of learning to be more inclusive, and creating accessible events.

We hope Together Again will contribute to the Finnish Institutes being trusted partners, advocating for fair practices, safer spaces, equity and diversity.

You can read our Safer Spaces Guidelines on the festival page.

We have specifically chosen Maijansali Hall at Oodi to hold the event as this is a fully accessible space in a public building. Read the full accessibility information about Helsinki Central Library Oodi.

If you have any questions or requests regarding accessibility to the festival please contact Monica Gathuo at togetheragain@fciny.org

What kind of measures are applied to ensure that the festival is a safer space?

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes and Together Again encourage an open dialogue approach to all of our partnerships right from the early stages of collaboration. We promote trust, recognition, active listening, care, and cooperation.

Zero tolerance will be applied regarding behaviours involving any harassment, bullying, or otherwise belittling behaviour in our work. We do not use discriminatory, subordinating, repressive, or offensive terminology, not even in examples or to describe something.

We welcome a friendly and relaxed festival environment where our visitors, partners, colleagues, and collaborators can feel comfortable to be themselves.

We will ensures the practice of Safer Spaces at the festival through:

  • Active listening and recognition of all bodies, stories and identities.
  • Active listening and consideration of every witness of harassment and discrimination.

During the festival we expect that our collaborators, visitors and audiences to:

  • Respect the opinions of others, and consider that we are all coming from different backgrounds, reasonings, influences, and personal foundations.
  • Not discriminate against or harass any parties involved in the collaboration, including fellow artists, staff, organisers, and partners.
  • Not use derogatory, discriminatory, and offensive language. We appreciate that everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but we do expect that if mistakes are made they are also addressed appropriately, and not repeated.
  • Avoid defensive responses if someone corrects you for problematic behaviour. Do not let your own emotions cloud your judgement, but listen to the feedback, apologise, and learn why the feedback was made. Think about your privilege and acknowledge the privileges that you have.
  • Ensure that all involved in the festival are informed of any recording, filming, or photography and have agreed to the use of the image and/or sound.

Ignoring and disrespecting these guidelines repeatedly will lead to removal from the festival space/s.

Let’s work together for a safer and respectful space!

During the festival please approach our Safer Spaces support person regarding any harassment, bullying, or otherwise belittling behaviour. They will be wearing a badge.

How is sustainability taken into consideration?

As part of the institute network’s programme the festival complies with the general ecological guidelines of The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. We are also tailoring specific ecological guidelines and measures for this festival, which will be announced later in the summer of 2023.