The Finnish Institute in London is a private, non-profit trust bringing together individuals, communities and organisations. We encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaboration by creating networks and building new partnerships. We want to take thinking of social challenges and cultural practices in new, positive directions. To do this, we open up spaces for novel ideas, discussions and trends by bringing passionate people together. We believe that a pinch of risk-taking accompanied by the hard work of imaginative people can transform cultures and spaces. We embrace the unexpected while nurturing and maintaining excellence in contemporary social and cultural practice.
“The energy, organisation and enthusiasm which the Finnish Institute brought to the evening event during the exhibition ‘Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism’ at Autograph ABP made a significant contribution to the success of the show it brought in a whole new audience. Both myself and the two curators enjoyed very much working with the team from the Finnish Institute.”
Syd Shelton, photographer
CULTURE HAS THE POWER – STRATEGY FOR THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN LONDON 2020
We create positive change by connecting people through culture, open knowledge and art.
We are the most interesting expert on Finnish culture and society in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and a desirable international partner.
Our work is based on equality, cultural accessibility and transparency. We carry out ambitious, transdisciplinary projects that have a positive impact.
How we do it
We recognise signals of change in the fields of art, culture and society. We seize opportunities and create possibilities for new collaborations and present relevant cultural events and projects. We support Finnish artists, researchers and social and cultural actors. We act passionately and courageously with perseverance and can do-attitude.
“The Finnish Institute in London represents Finland with all its culture, dynamics, branding and expectations. At the same time it has to avoid being a nationalistic cultural platform and produce relevant, dynamic and sometimes even disturbing events. The Institute is clearly aware of this and does not shy away from challenge and difficult questions.”
Umayya Abu-Hanna, cultural broker, writer
We run two programmes: Arts & Culture and Society & Culture.
Our focus areas are in the Arts & Culture Programme Audiovisual Culture, Contemporary Art, Circus and Design, and in the Society & Culture Programme Democracy, Education and Equality & Diversity.