The open call is now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied!

Being held in 2023 for the third time, the Performing HEL showcase – encompassing circus, dance and theatre – is on the lookout for full-length performances, demos and pitches.

Taking place in Helsinki on 31 August– 3 September 2023, the showcase will present some of the most exciting elements of Finnish performing arts that are suitable for international audiences and touring to Finnish and international festival and theatre programme presenters.

A total of 4–6 full-length performances, 6 demo performances, and 10 pitches will be selected for Performing HEL. Some of the evening performances will be selected from the domestic programme of the Helsinki Festival 2023.

The organisers are seeking applications from professional groups or artists working in or receiving funding from sources in Finland. The pieces selected must be suitable for touring and may be intended for different audiences. There are a total of three application options:

1)    full-length performances

2)    demo performances of pieces that have already premiered or future pieces/ideas (15-20 mins). Limited technical set up. 

3)    15-minute pitches of existing or future pieces.

Applicants may indicate which category they wish their application to be considered, but the final decision on categories lies with the selection jury. Please note! Only one application from each applicant (artist/company) will be accepted.

The application period ends on 26 January 2023, with the jury aiming to have made its selections for the programme in March 2023. Artists and groups selected for the showcase programme will be paid a fee.

The application period has ended.

The groups and artists selected commit to partake in workshops to be held in spring and early summer on touring practicalities (technical riders, etc.) and how to sell performances (pitching etc.). For further information, please contact Producer Anita Parri,, tel. +358 040 620 8122

*) Artists and companies who live, work and/or get funding from Finland are eligible to apply.

Slides from the open call info (1.12.2022, in Finnish):