about culture current

Who we are

Since 2013, Kulttuuriyhdistys Culture Current ry has organized numerous courses and performances in Helsinki and throughout Finland. We are members of Monihheli ry, Globe Art Point Association ry, and Yö ry. We also work with DUV Teatern and we are developing a partnership with newly formed Yö ry.

As an association, we prioritize working with a core membership deeply committed to our activities. Additionally, we rely on the involvement and encouragement of our supporting members, many of whom are artistic professionals and participate in our courses and artistic projects. We are continually reaching out to the general public to involve diverse audiences, especially in terms of language, internationalism, and economic diversity.

Our Board of Directors consists of active artistic and cultural professionals.

Our Board of Advisors is an international group of luminaries in the cultural and educational fields.

Our Mission

Our association’s purpose is to organize and implement educational, cutlural, and artistic activities to achieve our goals, which are:

-to create and promote empathetic, critical and mutual interaction between different individuals, groups and ideas on topical themes.

- to create and promote creative artistic and cultural activities as well as social and educational activities, especially those that deal with international, multicultural and democratic themes.

- to organize, promote and participate in cultural, social and educational activities that promote physical and social well-being of society.

- to promote and support the employment of New Finns and migrants as well as cultural, social and educational workers through education, training and course activities.

- to employ cultural, social and educational workers, especially New Finns and migrants in those activities fulfilling the purposes of the association.

What we have accomplished

Education and Culture

Our courses have been geared to our membership, mostly professional artists, and the general public. We work to support multiculturalism and diversity in the arts. Our courses have been taught in Finnish, Swedish, and English by international and Finnish professionals. Additionally, our course fees have remained modest and always include discounts for students and the unemployed. One of our main course offerings is (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner, a solo improvisational discipline. It has also been taught by our members in educational institutions like at the University of Arts Helsinki and in professional contexts like Svenska Teatern. Coursework in performative well-being was first piloted as part of Culture Current’s activities. This was later developed by one of our members and chair, Alexander Komlosi, at the Performing Arts Research Center, Uniarts, funded by a year-long post-doctoral research grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2017). It is still part of our regular course offerings. Additionally, we have offered courses in clown and organized workshops by international artists in Helsinki (2017-8) and workshop intensives in the Czech Republic with partners there (2019).

Professional Arts

In addition to our courses, we support artists and cultural workers in their artistic work, especially immigrants and those with an international background. Our performances and courses have involved recognized artistic professionals. We have produced performances like It Could Be Worse (Teatteri Takomo, Stoa, 2014) and It Could Be Worse...in your home town (Wasa Teatern, After Eight, 2016). These were interactive performances built with local communities exploring immigration, racism, and discrimination in Finland. Our most recent production, The Hucky Honolulu Sessions, was a hybrid internet-live performance that explored themes of mental illness and marginalization (internet and Stoa, 2019, funded by Taike and Helsinki City).

Funding

We have received funding from Helsinki City (2019-21), Svenska kulturfunden (2016, 2021), Eugene, Elisabeth och Brigit Nygréns stifelse (2016), Vaasan Akitasäätio (2015), Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse (2015), Suomen kulttuurirahasto (2021), Taike (2013, 2021).

Accountability and Ethics

Our Board of Directors monitors our activities keeping in mind our association’s goals and the projects’ goals. They give feedback in this regard. Regular feedback, both personal and anonymous, is obtained from participants in our projects, audiences, and partners. Critical feedback is also solicited from other members of professional communities (e.g., journalists and art critics).

Sustainability

Our association’s purpose is to organize, promote, and participate in cultural, social and educational activities that promote physical and social well-being of society. Promoting sustainable development is essential part of these activities.  All are projects are planned to have minimum impact on the environment, for example by using recycled materials in our work, minimizing travel, and using public transport wherever possible. Our activities involve ecological/environmental themes to promote education and action on sustainable development.

Kultturiyhdistys Culture Current ry, Tuukkalantie 15 D 94, 00940 Helsinki, Finland. Business ID: 2648080-7