Dance encounter keðjaMariehamn 2014 takes over the Åland Islands


The keðjaMariehamn 2014 dance encounter takes place in Mariehamn on August 6–9, 2014. The event gathers hundreds of dance professionals from Baltic and Nordic countries to the Åland Islands located between Finland and Sweden. The theme of the Encounter is ”Building New Bridges and Sustaining the Community”. Registration is open on Plan your trip early as the Aland islands are not that big! “The programme will deal with the future of the Nordic-Baltic dance community and envision new ways of working and collaborating together. At the same time we will think about how to make our field more sustainable, especially as resources are growing thin”, says project manager Katarina Lindholm from Dance Info Finland.

The Encounter will see many premieres, as all ten artistic groups from the keðja Wilderness residency programme will present their work on and off stage. The performances have been born out of a unique opportunity to artistic exploration and research in close proximity to wild nature and local communities.

The participants include dance field professionals and students from dancers and choreographers to producers and journalists. The programme offers participants morning classes, workshops, talks, performances and possibilities for networking. Participation is free of charge. Registration for the Encounter started on February 17 and it will stay open till March 31, 2014.

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The main organiser of keðjaMariehamn 2014 is Dance Info Finland. The event is the final encounter of keðja 2012–2015 project. The Encounter is supported by Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Culture Fund, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and Svenska Kulturfonden.

Partners of keðja 2012–2015 are Dansehallerne (DK), Dance Information Norway (NO), Dance Info Finland (FI), Association of Independent Theatres (IS), The Union of Estonian Dance Artists (EE), Bora Bora (DK), Dansearena Nord (NO), MAD Production (FI), New Theatre Institute of Latvia (LV), Artist’s Group Fish Eye (LT) and SITE Sweden (SE).

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.