Based in Helsinki the Theatre Centre (Teatterikeskus ry) was founded in 1971 from a desire of theatre professionals to establish a community focused on artistic work that would support their activities and monitor their interests.
Throughout its’ 50 years it has continuously developed and can be seen today as the representative of independent performing arts companies in Finland advocating for cultural policy issues at local, national and European levels, communicating with its members and policy makers, monitoring the interest of the independent theatre community, producing and imparting expert knowledge in the field of live performing arts, supporting its members activities and development into increasingly high-quality organizations and cooperating with colleagues in the live performance sector from all over the world.
Following a challenging 2020 that took a tool on the world, and saw numerous professionals and organisations from the live performance sector struggle, 2021 opens new hopes of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and rebuild a new normal for creation, touring and reaching audiences across the world.
The Theatre Centre’s priorities for this 2021 will be:
Today the Theatre Centre joins 52 organisations from a wide range of different genres: theatre, dance, circus, performance art, children’s theatre, musical theatre, puppet theatre, improvisational theatre, mask theatre and clowning.
Adding to its advocacy action it provides its members with customised services such as legal advice, theatre cards which allow them to attend performances at an affordable professional price, training and meetings, communication and support in development of their own communication, as well as several projects on specific topics.
On a largely visible reach there is also the biannual Performing arts magazine Teatterijoukko and the yearly Theatre Act of the Year (Thalia-juhla) award event for performing arts field in Finland - in co-operation with other organisations of this field.
Pearle* members in the spotlight 2021-2022
A key strength of Pearle is the network. The network joins forces to work towards a favourable environment for the live performance sector. It does so via joint actions and activities, exchange of knowledge and of views. But Pearle is also one big family, where we can talk and meet with like-minded people, be serious when needed and relaxed where possible.
2020 was a year we couldn’t meet physically, and this was replaced with regular meetings in the form of members’ corners. In 2021 we embarked upon visits to associations in the network. Throughout 2021 and 2022 Pearle* member associations across Europe will be presented to the wider group of the network so that you have a chance to know better, or be reminded of, what colleagues do. By the end of 2021 we look forward to having a nice collection of profiles shared with you.
To know how to join us see here.
Previously Profiled Pearle* Members 2021
March 2021: APD ČR - Asociace profesionálních divadel České republiky (Association of the Professional Theatres in the Czech Republic)