Nightschool Collective


In the photo, a person is lying inside a black sleeping bag. The background is black. The person's eyes are closed and the expression looks calm.

Photo: Milla Martikainen

Welcome to Nightschool.

Nightschool is a voyage into the fantastical September night whose darkness you will not witness alone. The 12-hour performance, from eight o’clock in the evening to eight o’clock in the morning, takes participants through different levels of night and darkness, where the senses heighten and borders start to breathe. Nightschool is a guided tour through slow transformation.

What will you carry into the night?

Nightschool is created by a collective formed in 2014 whose work is conditioned by the reality of the ecological crisis and constant change. The collective’s endless project makes space and time into a world whose time is running out. Nightschool is a continuation of a 2017 work of the same name.

The collective is formed by Milla Martikainen, Maija Nurmio, Pauli Riikonen and Essi Rossi.  

Producer: Aida Piirainen

Co-produced by Baltic Circle and Live Art Society

Supported by Niilo Helander Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Kone Foundation

Wed 22.9. 20.00
Sat 25.9. 20.00

Price: 15 / 35 €
Duration: 12 h
Language: Finnish and English

For participant:

The Nightschool working group will contact all ticket buyers by phone to give further instructions.


The starting and ending location are in Helsinki, accessible via public transportation.


The performance takes place indoors, but please prepare with warm clothing for the transitions. Primarily the performance happens in the own and collective imagination of the participants.


The performance is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. During the entering and while leaving the performance there are some obstacles on the way; few stairs, doorsteps, and uneven surfaces.


There are gender-neutral toilets in the venue.


The duration of the performance is 12 hours. Please note that it’s not possible to leave in the middle of the performance. The festival personnel is supervising in case of emergencies.


Participation in the performative actions during the performance is voluntary.