Baltic Circle is an international festival for contemporary theatre and performance organised annually in November in Helsinki. Next edition is the 20th and it takes place in Helsinki from 17 to 25 November 2023.
The festival brings intensities into the city, takes stands on current questions, and ignites dialogue. Baltic Circle believes in the aesthetic and affective powers of the arts, and in the potential of social and political agency of performance. The works seen at the festival search for new forms of performing arts and revised modes of production.
Baltic Circle participates actively in both Finnish and international performing arts networks, takes part in multi-level development and education initiatives, makes publications, organizes residencies and artistic exchanges, helps build up and shape the independent performing arts scene, and influences local cultural policy.
Baltic Circle is based on a firm belief in the opportunities of arts to bring people together and to participate in societal change. Art can grant a space to imagine what does not yet exist, to re-organize our way of understanding reality, and to find forms to share it.
The festival’s cornerstone is a trust in artists, partners and colleagues alike, as well as a bold dialogue with different realities. Baltic Circle highlights communality, collaboration and commitment as key elements in building a festival, and aims to encourage equity, social and ecological sustainability, solidarity and gender equality.