The Week Is Halfway Through – Where to Go Next?


We gathered some events in chronological order to help you to navigate yourself to the performances you prefer. The performances listed here are especially suitable for English-speaking audience but you are also welcome to see performances that do not come with English subtitles! For example, the Finnish puppet collective, Aura of Puppets, has made a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.

Thursday 10.8. Is Packed with Wide Range of Events

7.00–23.00 Thursday is full of carnivalistic athmophere as the Great Nocturnal Happening (Tapahtumien Yö) takes over the town. The cross-artistic, carnivalesque happening is produced by dozens of parties – various organisations, associsations and performers. There are events for everyone regardless of age. You can find theatre, circus, dance and music around the centre of Tampere from dawn till dusk. Most of the events are free!

We made a GoogleMap route for all the international events. You can check out the entire programme and schedule on our Finnish site for Tapahtumien Yö

17.00 World Without Us is a monologue about what happens when there are no more people and the traces of civilization begin to disappear. This work by the acclaimed Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed is a meditative prediction combining science with fiction and philosophy. Performed in English. 

19.00 In his newest work, just filming, director Kristian Smeds pairs two master performers (Annamária Láng and Juhán Ulfsak) to talk about film, to act out cinematic scenes and to watch movies while popcorn literally fills the stage. Performed in Broken English and Broken Finnish. 

Friday Fever 11.8.

13.00 The dance piece Noble Savage by Sonya Lindfors and Zodiak (The Center for New Dance) shakes the power structures of society and tears down stereotypes. It is a collaboration of six Afro-Finnish artists. Performed in multiple languages (including English).

17.00  just filming

19.00 The Deported by The Rakastajat Theatre reveals the process leading to a deportation decision and the consequences of an enforced removal. Performed in Finnish, subtitled in English. 

19.00 Burning Doors takes a strong stand against the deprivation of the right to self-expression. The performance by Belarus Free Theatre is based on the firsthand accounts of, among others, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Pussy Riot member and activist Maria Alyokhina. Performed in Russian and Belarusian, subtitled in Finnish.

Saturday 12.8.

13.30 Burning Doors 

14.00 just filming

16.00 The Deported 

Sunday 13.8. – The Final Day of the Festival

14.00 Fudan Drama Troupe: 1925 • ME. All the way from Shanghai comes Fudan Drama Troupe, a theatre group formed by students of Fudan University and Shanghai Theatre Academy. The group performs physical theatre, so there are no lines and all the communication happens through symbols and gestures. The performance tells a story about people and their self-discovery and introspection at the scenes of their daily lives.

17.00 Protagonist is raw and intense but at heart a hopeful look at human nature and the importance of belongingness. It is a work of the imaginative Cullberg Ballet, the most famous Swedish contemporary dance company in the world.


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