Satakieliklubi | Nordic Multimedia Poetry Night 18.3.2017 [Vuotalo]

Satakieliklubi: Nordic Multimedia Poetry Night
Sat. 18.3.2017  hr. 19.00
Vuotalo. Vuosali, Mosaiikkitori 2, Helsinki


– Satakieliklubi suomeksi
Satakieliklubi på svenska
Satakieliklubi عربي

Satakieliklubi is a multimedia poetry club specially created for Vuotalo’s concert hall in 2015. Since then, it has become an important referent in the promotion of professional transnational language writers and experimental literature in Finland.

Every year, poetry, music and design get together offering the audience an unprecedented literary experience. This event takes place during Satakielikuukausi Festival (The Month of a Hundred Languages). 

In 2017, Satakieliklubi goes Nordic with the launch of NotlitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange). Satakieliklubi is the first multimedia event of the NolitchX project, organized by Sivuvalo, presenting three immigrant language writers from Sweden: Azita Ghahreman (Persian), Lalo Barrubia (Spanish) and Tammam Hunaidy (Arabic), as a way to create bridges over the national border between the literatures of Finland and Sweden as well as over any language barrier.

Azita Ghahreman (Iran/Malmö), Ye Yint Thet Zwe (Burma/Helsinki),
Lalo Barrubia(Uruguay/Malmö), Dodou Touray (Gambia/Helsinki),
Tammam Hunaydi (Syria/Motala) and TaoLin (China/Helsinki). 

Otzir Godot (drum poet, Finland) and Aino Eerola (violins, Finland).

Languages: Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, English, Chinese, Burma, Finnish and Swedish.

Host: Minna Joenniemi
Production design and concept by Daniel Malpica

Organizers: Sivuvalo, Helsingin kulttuurikeskus and NolitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange) with the support of Nordisk kulturfond and Nordic Culture Point.


Runoreflex 20.3.2017 | klo 18.00


RunoReflex: Poetry and Film

20.3.2017 | 18-21h
International Cultural Centre Caisa’s Lobby, 2nd floor
Mikonkatu 17 C/Vuorikatu 14
Free entrance / Vapaa pääsy


Runoreflex brings together poetry and films by international authors and filmakers living in Finland and Sweden. A ‘Live experimental poetry reading’ in Russian, Arabic, Spanish with translations into Finnish, Swedish and English. The word ‘reflex’ refers to a game related to camera devices and the projection of the films.

Poets Polina Kopylova (RU/FI), Tammam Hunaidy (SY/SE), الشاعر عادل الشرقي Adel Al Sharki (IQ/FI) and Lalo Barrubia (UR/SE) will present their poems accompanied by Colombian cellist Sergio Castrillón and Iraqi musician Ali Haithem.

Short Films:

 رسالة إلى أوباما ‘Letter to Obama by Mohanad Salahat فيلم لـ مهند صلاحات

In a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, two boys decided to send a message to the American president Barak Obama through his Facebook page. They ask him, as the president of the United States, to intervene and end the siege on the Gaza Strip, and they invite him and his wife to visit the Strip and witness people’s hardships there. But they never receive a response. They decide to use a small video camera to record a very angry video message addressed to Barak Obama from the people of the camp.
In Arabic with English subtitles.

‘The journey of a broken bird’: a poetry film based on the work of Burmese refugee writer Ye Yint Thet Zwe who lives in Finland. Last summer, Sivuvalo published his book ‘We Hate War, Mother’, a poetry compilation in Burmese, Finnish and English. The movie is made by Jaime Culebro, Paola Figueroa and Ye Yint Thet Zwe.
In Burmese with English subtitles.

Organizers: Sivuvalo, Caisa and NolitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange) with the support of Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund.


Satakieliklubi II – Experimental Poetry Night at Vuotalo 2016

Design by Daniel Malpica
Design by Daniel Malpica

In its second edition, Satakieliklubi was a complete success putting on stage international writers and artists from Iraq, Germany, Mexico, Iran, Peru, Spain and Finland. The event happened at Voutalo concert hall in Eastern Helsinki, and it was the opening event of Satakielikuukausi festival. The night brought a variety of international writers performing among two excellent musicians; the projection of a poetry film about Finland-based  Burmese refugee poet Ye Yint Thet Zwe filmed by Jaime Culebro in a collaboration between Sivuvalo project and M-Cult.

Satakieliklubi is an initiative of Sivuvalo in collaboration with Stoa and Vuotalo. Special thanks to the producer Petra Hannus, she is one of the pillars of this project.

Poets: Daniel Bencomo (Mexico), Aya Chalabee (Iraq), Payam Abdolsamadi (Iran), Zoila Forss (Peru),  Muhaned Durubi (Iraq) and Outi Korhonen (Finland) .

Poetry Film: ‘The Journey of a Broken Bird: Ye Yint Thet Zwe’ – A film by Jaime Culebro.

Musicians: Moritz Cartheuser – Guitar (Germany) and Josué Moreno – Sound Atmospheres (Spain).

Production and Graphic Design: Daniel Malpica (Mexico).

Host: Poet Joonatan Pitkänen (Suomi).

Moments of a shamanic poetry night

Iraqi visual artist and poet Muhaned Durubi with one of his paintings behind [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iraqi visual artist and poet Muhaned Durubi with one of his paintings behind [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iraqi poet Aya Chalabee [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iraqi poet Aya Chalabee [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
German guitar player Moritz Cartheuser [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
German guitar player Moritz Cartheuser [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Mexican poet and translator Daniel Bencomo and German guitar player Moritz Cartheuser [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Mexican poet and translator Daniel Bencomo and German guitar player Moritz Cartheuser [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iranian graphic designer and Poet Payam Abdolsamadi [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iranian graphic designer and Poet Payam Abdolsamadi [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Peruvian poet Zoila Forss [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Peruvian poet Zoila Forss [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iraqi writers Hassan Blassim and Aya Chalabee [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]
Iraqi writers Hassan Blassim and Aya Chalabee [Photo by: Jaime Culebro]

SANAHUONE: Poetry + Sound Art + Audio Visual Experimentation

SanahuoneSanahuone was a multidisciplinary poetry night that combined literature, sound art and audiovisual experimentation at CAISA Cultural Centre last Friday 4th of September of 2015.

It was possible with the collaboration of Sivuvalo, Third Space gallery, Salasanat and Caisa Cultural Centre.

Invited poets and artists: Oliver Whitehead & P-K Keränen, Ana Gutieszca, Roxana Crisólogo, Zoila Forss, Rosamaría Bolom and David Gambarte. The night was be hosted by Aura Nurmi.


Oliver – PK. Oliver Whitehead reads his poems accompanied with P-K Keränen, from 22-Pistepirkko, playing on electric guitar. Together they experiment, improvise and spontaneously weave words and sounds.

Ana Gutieszca. Visual & sound artist that explores the acoustic qualities of drawing through the sonification of graphite and its deconstruction into performance art. She will be performing together with poets Roxana Crisólogo, Zoila Forss, Rosamaría Bolom and David Gambarte.

Zoila Forss. Peruvian poet interested in visual arts. She is a social communicator and has published her first poetry book “Revontuli” last year.

Rosamaría Bolom is a psychologist and multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, painting and poetry. Her work is based on subjectivity, collectivity and human relations.

David Gambartepoet and forest engineer. He participates in different projects and workshops related to literature and has published a collection of stories titled “Cuentos Expatriados”. He is currently preparing his poetry compilation book “El Cálculo de la soledad”.

Aura Nurmi is a performing writer and Chairwoman of Helsinki Poetry Connection. Her poetry performances are touching but also hilarious. She mixes the elements of traditional and spoken word poetry in her stage poems.

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David Gambarte – Spain [Photograph: Denis Aguirre]
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Rosamaría Bolom – Mexico [Photograph: Zoila Forss]
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Oliver Whitehead & P-K Keränen [Photograph: Rosamaría Bolom]
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Aura Nurmi [Photograph: Rosamaría Bolom]


Runokuu: Matkalla Pohjolaan | 27.8. 2015

Runous suomalainen kirjallisuus

When does a journey end, if it does not have a return-ticket?

‘On the way to the North’ is a multidisciplinary and multilingual poetry night at Lavaklubi (Läntinen Teatterikuja 1, Helsinki) where international poets read their texts related to a journey’s end, its endlessness or its slow transmutation to everyday living. This night is organized by Sivuvalo project during the “Runokuu Poetry festival” as part of Kaiken maailman runot program that present a fresh selection of poetry in different languages.

Languages of the journey: Arab, Burmese, Spanish, Farsi, English and Finnish.

Join Matkalla Pohjolaan



Mazen Maarouf

Roxana Crisólogo
Roxana Crisólogo

Ye Yint Thet Zwe
Ye Yint Thet Zwe

Sepideh Rahaa
Sepideh Rahaa

Daniel Malpica
Daniel Malpica


Mazen Maarouf [Palestine/Iceland, 1978] Poet and writer lauded as a “rising international literary star”. He has published three collections of poetry. Maarouf has read in festivals, universities, museums and cultural centers in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He has translated numerous Icelandic poets as well as novels in Arabic. He resides in Reykjavik.

Roxana Crisólogo [Peru, 1966] Poet and cultural activist based in Finland. She has published four poetry books. Crisólogo is the founder of ‘Sivuvalo: Is this Finnish literature?’, a multilingual literature project that currently has a continuation grant from Kone Foundation.  Her work explores transnational identities trough migration and immigration stories.

Ye Yint Thet Zwe [Burma] Poet, freelance photographer and reporter living in Finland. He is currently the cultural editor for ‘Burma today’. In 2009, Ye Yint left Burma for political reasons, because publishing a book was impossible in his country. He is author of three poetry collections in electronic format.

Sepideh Rahaa [Iran,1981] is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Helsinki and her works are about the transformation between the past and present, reflections of an individual’s presence upon time and the conflict within the society. Her works include the exploration of challenging concepts of life related to sociopolitical contexts.

Daniel Malpica [Mexico, 1988] poet and graphic designer based in Finland since 2013. He is co-founder, editor-in-chief and designer of ‘[Radiador] Magazine. He is the author of the poetry books Paréntesis, Marduk: senectus signum and Se escribe con X (Written with an X) which received a literary grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) in 2014. Daniel is currently cultural producer and designer of Sivuvalo project.


Alejandro Montes de Oca
Alejandro Montes de Oca

Romulus Chiciuc
Romulus Chiciuc

Alejandro Montes de Oca [Mexico, 1980] Electroacoustic composer and performer, and a sound artist based in Helsinki. At the moment he is working on his doctoral studies and as an assistant at the Centre for Music and Technology of the Sibelius Academy. His artistic research focuses on the creative process that is engendered when the music composition process occurs in tandem with the instrument design process.

Romulus Chiciuc [Romania] Professional actor and musician. Romulus sees music having a swiss-knife role in theatre. It is serving as a counter-actor for the actors. Music is an important stage set design element and plays a vital role in the dynamics of the play. His artistic focus in recent years has been working with languages, their rhythm and musicality. His latest work was the Finnphonia Emigrantica project.


David Kozma
David Kozma

David Kozma [Romania/Hungary] Actor, director and artistic director of the European Theatre Collective. He works as a freelancer for television and film productions, theatre, as well as on applied theater particularly focused on the activities aimed at immigrants. He also organizes the ‘Reading EuropeAn Drama Festival – R.E.A.D.’. His latest work is a sound installation “The Cell” ( Selli ) which opened in the spring of 2015 at the Cultural Center Caisa and it will visit the Masque festival at the Cultural Center Stoa in the fall of 2015.


Outi Korhonen [Finland] Cultural coordinator and art educator specialized in questions of equal opportunities for artists with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Her collaboration with Sivuvalo project started when she was working as the regional artist for cultural diversity at the Arts Promotion Centre. The collaboration has continued e.g. through Culture for All service, where she has done a survey on the possibilities of the inclusion of the different language writers in the Nordic literature support organizations.

Outi Korhonen
Outi Korhonen

Satakieliklubi – Live Poetry Night at Vuotalo 21.3.2015


Satakieliklubi 21.03.2015 was an experimental and multilingual poetry night in Voutalo, eastern Helsinki, and it was the closing event of Satakielikuukausi festival. The night brought a variety of international writers performing among two excellent Colombian musicians; the projection of a Video-Poetry Series created in a workshop in collaboration with Hack Your Heritage Festival at Aalto University; and an Open Microphone as well.  This projects was developed by Sivuvalo in collaboration with Stoa, Vuotalo and Helsinki Poetry Connection. Special thanks to Petra Hannus.

Poets: Hamdam Zakirov (Uzbekistan), Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), Daniel Malpica (Mexico), Christelle Mas (France) and Kári Tulinius (Iceland) .

Videopoetry: Zoila Forss & Guy Dowsett; Daniel Malpica, Jakub Bobrowski & Arttu Liimatta and Tanya Tynjälä & Eva Durall.

Musicians: Sergio Castrillón – Cello (Colombia) and Alejandro Olarte – Electroacoustic Music and Sound Atmospheres (Colombia).

Production and Graphic Design: Daniel Malpica (Mexico).

Host: Poet Kasper Salonen (Suomi).

Moments of a shamanic poetry night

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Handam Zakirov – Uzbekistan [Photograph: Roxana Crisólogo]
Outi Korhonen § Roxana Crisólogo. Finland – Peru
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Outi Korhonen § Roxana Crisólogo. Finland – Peru [Photograph: Zoila Forss]
Kári Tulinius. Island [Photograph: Nataly Mazon]
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Christelle Mas § Alejandro Olarte. France – Colombia [Photograph: Roxana Crisólogo]
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Alejandro Olarte § Daniel Malpica § Sergio Castrillón. Colombia- Mexico- Colombia [Photograph: Roxana Crisólogo]
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Kasper Salonen. Finland [Photograph: Roxana Crisólogo]

The open mic once again was wonderful

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Zoila Forss. Peru [Photograph: Roxana Crisólogo]
David Gambarte. Spain [Photograph: Nataly Mazon]
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Daniel Malpica (Mexico) § Alejandro Olarte (Colombia)
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Sergio Castrillón (Colombia)
Open Mic - Poetry Jam

21.3.2015 | 19:00h – Multimedia Poetry Night at Vuotalo

SatakieliklubiTo celebrate the end of the first edition of Satakielikuukausi, Sivuvalo project (in collaboration with Stoa, Vuotalo and Helsinki Poetry Connection) invites you to enjoy an excellent and international night full of experimental poetry and music this 21.3.2015 – 19:00 hours at Vuotalo: Mosaiikkitori 2, Vuosaari (Helsinki).

Poets: Hamdam Zakirov (Uzbekistan), Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), Daniel Malpica (Mexico), Christelle Mas (France) and Kári Tulinius (Iceland) .

Videopoetry: Zoila Forss & Guy Dowsett;  Daniel Malpica, Jakub Bobrowski & Arttu Liimatta and Tanya Tynjälä & Eva Durall.

Musicians: Sergio Castrillón – Cello (Colombia) and Alejandro Olarte – Electroacoustic Music and Sound Atmospheres (Colombia).

Host: Poet Kasper Salonen (Suomi).

OPEN MIC: Register yourself to share your poetry for the audience in a unique experience among two excellent musicians.

Registrations: Kasper Salonen –

Official Facebook Event

Satakielikuukausi Festival | 21.2-21.4.2015


Satakielikuukausi  (the month of a hundred languages) – is an annual festival that celebrates mother tongues, multilingualism and language diversity. During this month, the importance of native tongues and languages is examined through art exhibitions and performances, multimedia poetry readings, talks and workshops. Which is the sound of languages? How does it feel, look or taste? Can literature in other languages be considered national literature?

Sivuvalo is one of the partners of this festival. Follow our venues:

17.2.-8.3. | Stoa | Helsinki
Sivuvalo exhibition

23.2. at 13-14 | Caisa | Helsinki
Meet a writer: Hamdam Zakirov

24.2. at 13-14 | Caisa | Helsinki
Meet a writer: Nura Farah

6.3. at 13-17 | Turun kaupunginkirjasto | Turku
Seminar: Literature in many tongues – what languages does Finnish literature know?

20.3. at 13-14 | Caisa | Helsinki
Meet a writer: Yosif Abu Al Fawz

21.3. at 14-15 | Caisa | Helsinki
Viisi kieltä – viisi kirjailijaa [Press Release]

21.3. at 19-21.30 | Vuotalo | Helsinki
Satakieliklubi, Poetry Club Night

Songs of life § death 31.10

On the last day of October, international writers and musicians will explore the border of the shadows to celebrate the “Day of the Dead”, an ancient and colorfull Mexican tradition for remember the people who have died. For this night, Caisa’s festivity hall will be transformed into an indoor picnic full of poetry, dance, music and mesopotamian coffee. 
Bring your own food, grab a space and some pillows on the floor, and enjoy a late-autumn picnic full of poetry, music, and exciting performances and improvisations!The first part of the evening will include performances by our invited poets and musicians, in various languages and forms!In the second part of the evening, our house band is available to improvise to your poetry! Bring your own poems (in any language), go on stage, and experience what it’s like to have a group of musicians jam to your words. After that, the mic is totally open – bring anything to the stage, in any artform, and maybe invite anyone else to join you. You want to dance? Maybe someone wants to improvise poetry on top of it. Bring a piece of music? Maybe someone wants to dance to it.Pre-registration for Jam session with house band:There are 15 slots for the jam: we will accept up to eight people for pre-registration, and the rest can sign-up at the venue itself. Please send an email to by Oct 23 to register your interest – subject “PICNIC CLUB JAM” and include: Full name, language, artform, and whether you would like the house band to join in and improvise to your poem. Please note that only pre-registered performers will be accompanied by the special house band.

:: The event will be hosted by Kasper Salonen.
:: Invited Artists::
POETRY – Daniel Malpica (Mexico), Olga Svanberg (Russia), Rosamaria Bolom (Mexico), Natalja Meri (Russia), Roxana Crisólogo Correa (Peru) and Kasper Salonen (Finland).
MUSIC – James Andean (Canada), Iiris Tarnanen (Finland), Sergio Castrillón (Colombia).
The table is served! Bring your favorite blanket and come to enjoy the best recipes of the house.
[ Organizers ] – Salasanat Finland, Sivuvalo. Onko tämä suomalaista kirjallisuutta? with the support of Kone Foundation, Sibelius Academy -Glomas- Global Music Master, Suomen venäjänkielisten kirjailijoiden yhdistys, Logrus and Caisa International Cultural Centre.
31.10.14 at 19:00 h.
CAISA, International Cultural Center. Facebook event here.
Fee: 5 €

Designed by Daniel Malpica


Espan lava – Päivitä Leino! 2014

Espan LavaTämän päivän Eino Leinot valtaavat Espan lavan Runon ja suven päivänä sunnuntaina 6.7.2014 klo 12-16. Esiintymässä runoilijoita ja muusikoita, joita yhdistää rakkaus kieleen ja runouteen. Kuulemmepa myös pakinointia à la Leino tutun radioäänen, Jarmo Heikkisen, esittämänä.

Lavalle nousevat mm. Aurinkokettu, Mikael Brygger, Pauliina Haasjoki, J. K. Ihalainen, Illmari, Albeniz Clayton (Brasil), Daniel Malpica (Meksiko), Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), sellisti Sergio Castrillón (Kolumbia) sekä liuta muita huipputyyppejä, kuten Teemu Manninen ja Heinäsirkka & Marko Riihonen duo!

Tervetuloa juhlimaan kanssamme sanan säkenöivää voimaa ja suven suloisuutta! 
Espan Lava, Esplanadin puisto, 00130 Helsinki
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Albeniz Clayton § Sergio Castrillón [Photo by Yaxkin Melchy]
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Daniel Malpica § Sergio Castrillón. [Photo by Yaxkin Melchy]

Poets who write in other languages present in celebration of Finnish poet Eino Leino this Sunday, 6 of July of 2014 in Espan lava.

Between 13.15 and 13.45 welcome to listen poetry of Albeniz Clayton (Brasil), Daniel Malpica (Mexico) and Roxana Crisólogo (Peru) accompanied by the Colombian cellist Sergio Castrillón.

Organised by Eino Leino seura in cooperation with Helsingin kaupungin kulttuuriasiainkeskus, Päivälehden museo and Sivuvalo – Onko tämä suomalaista kirjallisuutta?

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Roxana Crisólogo § Sergio Castrillón [Photo by Yaxkin Melchy]


Miia Toivio and Sergio Castrillón (Photo by Yaxkin Melchy)

Satakieli kaupunki – Runokuu 22.8


Klo 18–21
Lavaklubi, Läntinen teatterikuja 1, vapaa pääsy

Sivuvalo-projektin erikielisten runoilijoiden Helsinkiin sijoittuva paikkasidonnainen runous sijoittaa kaupungin kartalle eri puolilta maailmaa tulleiden kaupunkilaisten kokemuksia. Runoesitystä seuraa keskustelu erilaisista Helsingeistä muualta tulleiden silmin. Satakielikaupunki-ilta ja digitaalinen runokartta toteutetaan yhteistyössä eurooppalaisen City Ghettos of Today -projektin kanssa. Mukana kirjailijat Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), Yousif Abu Al-Fawz (Irak), Polina Kopylova (Venäjä) ja Daniel Malpica (Meksiko). Runoja kommentoi musiikki-improvisaatioilla sellisti Sergio Castrillón (Kolumbia). Keskustelua johtaa monikulttuurisuusläänintaiteilija Outi Korhonen. Ilta päättyy Finnphonia Emigrantican esitykseen, jossa metsästetään suomalaisuuden ydintä. Mitä tapahtuu, kun maahanmuuttaja kertoo Suomesta, esittää suomalaisuutta kuvaavan nykytekstin omalla äidinkielellään? Lavalla kuullaan suomalaisten kirjoittajien tekstejä suomalaisuudesta, mutta tällä kertaa esityskielinä ovat unkari, ranska, tanska, ruotsi, englanti, swahili, luganda, romania, venäjä ja suomi. Esitys tekstitetään suomeksi. Esiintyjät: Romulus ChiciucMad IceOlga Shishkina,Sara Soulié. Ohjaus: David Kozma.

Järjestäjät: Runokuu, Sivuvalo-projekti, City Ghettos of Today ja European Theatre Collective.


Sivuvalo project´s multilingual writers color the map of Helsinki with their site-specific poetry. The poetry performance is followed by a discussion about different Helsinkis, seen from the point of view of people who have come here from other countries. The Satakielikaupunki-evening and a digital poetry map will be realized together with the European City Ghettos of Today project. Poets and writers: Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), Yousif Abu Al-Fawz (Iraq), Polina Kopylova (Russia) and Daniel Malpica (Mexico). Cellist Sergio Castrillón (Colombia) comments the poetry with music improvisation. The conversation is moderated by Outi Korhonen, regional artist on cultural diversity. The evening finishes with the presentation of Finnphonia Emigrantica, that searches for the core of the Finnishness. What happens, when an immigrant tells about Finland, presents a contemporary text about being Finnish in his or her mothertongue? We´ll hear texts of Finnishness written ny Finnish people, but this time presented in Hungarian, French, Danish, Swedish, English, Swahili, Luganda, Rumania, Russian and Finnish.

Organised by: Runokuu, Sivuvalo-project, European Theatre Collective and City Ghettos of Today -project.