CulturaFest ’18 celebrates Neigbourhood Languages in Vantaa

When? 02–11 November
Where? Culture Factory Vernissa, Tikkurilantie 36, Vantaa
Free entrance or registration

How do people of different ages and backgrounds live together in the same city? Do we always need a common language to understand each other? Come and explore neighbourhood relationships and create together with our multilingual artists!

CulturaFest is festival of contemporary culture and a creative laboratory of the Cultura Foundation. The festival’s goal is to create a platform for dialogue across communities with different languages, all living in a multilingual Finland. The second CulturaFest encompasses visual art, performances, documentary films, discussions and workshops for children, teenagers and adults. The programme is in Finnish, Russian and English.

CulturaFest ’18 is organised by Cultura Foundation and the Cultural Services of the City of Vantaa.

From the programme

Hello Neighbour! A cup of coffee or tea and tasty pies will bring us all together. Through the informal talks we will come closer even though we come from various cultures and speak different languages. We welcome everybody to friendly discussion at the opening of the festival in Vantaa. Please bring your friends and neighbours to enjoy the evening. Fri 02.11, 17:30–19:30. Registration.

The community art project Babble ON / OFF by artist Steve Maher incarnates the idea of multilingualism in the modern world. 02–11.11. Free entrance.

Maturing in the Neighbourhood is apoetry performance and video artwork. Russian and Finnish speaking poets read their works about growing up in an urban environment. Fri 02.11., 20:00–21:00. Free entrance.

The documentary Another Life (2015) presents a series of interviews with people coming from Japan, Iran, Colombia, Portugal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Russia. Its stars moved to Finland from different countries and for different reasons. Sat 03.11, 14:00–16:00. Free entrance.

On Saturday, November 3th Vernissa Culture Factory has a lot to offer for families with children: colourbaths to babies and toddlers, animation workshop for schoolchildren and a circus workshop for children and parents. Map of the Unknown Land is a dance performance about identity by young people with different backgrounds. Registration/ Free entrance.

Walk Me Talk Me – Acts of Daring is a performative walk that explores the accessibility of the public space. For one or two participants at the time. Sat 03.11, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00. Registration.

Is School Afraid of bullying? A discussion with the participation of Alina Voronkova, Miss Finland 2018. Multilingual students will talk about their observations and experiences, and present direct questions to schools' representatives and officials. Sat 03.11, 18:30–20.00. Free entrance.

The Neighbourhood Market will take place for the first time at the Vernissa Culture Factory. Its participants are craftsmen, designers, artisans, record collectors and book lovers from the city of Vantaa. Music and a solo performance TIE by Nina Mamia. Sun 04.11, 10:00–17:00. Free entrance.

Seven museums in the capital region invite children and their parents to explore the new family pathsat the museums as part of CulturaFest! The paths can be explored independently inside the opening hours. Ask for free leaflets at the info desks of the National Museum, Helsinki City Museum, Vantaa City Museum, Villa Hakasalmi, Desing Museum, Amos Rex and the Finnish Museum of Photography. Sat–Sun 3–4 & 10–11.11.

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Published: 30.10.2018 
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