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NPT Biennale: Coming Together

New Performance Turku Biennale: Coming Together

How do we reconnect?

In the beginning of September, New Performance Turku Biennale brings together a wide spectrum of performance and Live Art works that aim to connect people, ideas, and sites in different ways.

Performance art essentially exists in the encounter, tension and friction of people, actions, places, and communities. In the time of crisis, polarization and uncertainties, coming together is a way to decrease distance and build new connections. What have we learned in past years from being alienated from each other? How to reactivate a sense of connection with other bodies and other species? The biennale invites to investigate how performance art and other unusual experiences can create spaces for sharing.

The New Performance Turku Biennale presents works from altogether 20 international artists and artist groups. In addition the biennale program consists of discussions, performance lectures and parties. The performances take place in various venues around the city of Turku: in theaters, museums, galleries, shops, streets, parks and community spaces.

The biennale program presents meaningful, critical, and playful ways of finding each other. It explores new ways of relating to sites, communities and the city of Turku’s history, dreams, and futures. The acute political and environmental challenges of our contemporary world are in focus of many of the works presented. For the six days in September, the biennale is building a temporary community that shares experiences and time together.

The artists of the first New Performance Turku Biennale will be announced in May.

With the support of the Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Arts Promotion Centre Finland), City of Turku, Turku 2029 Foundation, Kordelin Foundation, Pro Manilla Foundation, Turun Teatterisäätiö, Goethe-Institut Finnland

In collaboration with:

Turku City Theatre, Turku Arts Museum, Tehdas Teatteri/Jokistudio, Taiteen talo, Aurinkobaletti, Regional Dance Centre of Western Finland, Titanik gallery, Museum of History and the Future, Wäinö Aaltonen museum, Reality Research Center, Seikkailupuisto, Turku Region Wastewater Treatment Plant, Uniarts Helsinki, Turku Arts Academy, Goethe-institute, The Finnish Critics’ Association, Eskus, Studio Thor / Trouble Festival, Maska / Performance Festival, MIR Festival, La Cambre, Burren College of Arts, University of Fine Arts in Poznan