Baltics to 'take over' Helsinki in new art festival

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From June 7 to 11, performance artists from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia will 'take over' the capital of Finland, Helsinki, in a new festival "Baltic Take Over", according to information from the Latvian New Theater Institute (LJTI).

"Baltic Take Over" is a new performing arts festival which is scheduled to take place at several theaters and galleries of Helsinki: "Kiasma", "Annantalo", "Viirus Theatre", "Mad House Helsinki", "Tanssin talo", "Theatre Takomo". The project was initiated by LJTI (Latvia), Kanuti Gildi Saal (Estonia), and Lietuvos Šokio Informacijos Centras (Lithuania).

The aim of the festival is to "find a way to introduce the international audience to Baltic performing arts and break the stereotypes regarding the Baltic states as one unit, allowing the spectators to get to know the different countries which are not simple and harmonious," the organizers say.

"Baltic Take Over sounds like a joke – an Estonian, a Latvian, and a Lithuanian walk into a theater. Is it an attempt to find the Baltic identity, or to export the Baltic stage arts? Is it a geo-political lecture? Baltic Take Over is a festival, a radical experiment, a crash course in Baltic stage art and a destination in the journey from Lithuania to Finland," said LJTI.

The festival takes place in cooperation with the URB festival, Kiasma, Annantalo, Viirus, and Mad House Helsinki. The theater is partially funded by the Baltic Culture Fund, the Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia, the Estonian Culture Ministry and the Lithuanian Culture Council. 

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