Catalysti is invited by the city of Helsinki to be part of 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 – 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 (𝘒𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘵 𝘌𝘭𝘢̈𝘷𝘢̈𝘵), a COVID-19 recovery project that the city has recently received separate funding for. The project wishes to rejuvenate downtown Helsinki by re-introducing its urban landscape. The main goal is to attract Helsinki residents back to the city center with a series of cultural events and happenings that will take place from June to August this summer. Meanwhile, the project offers to support and provide opportunities for Helsinki-based freelance creative workers in the art and culture scene.
𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗶 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿:
1. Brief proposals of performance/ happening/ installation/ live art/ dance/ concert, etc. that do not require complicated set-ups, outdoor-friendly, and are interactive. The events can be nomad, using the streets, parks, and squares of the city center work as stages.
2. Freelance creative workers: artists/ performers/ working group based in Helsinki.
3. Proposals that align with the requirements of the 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 – 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 (𝘒𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘵 𝘌𝘭𝘢̈𝘷𝘢̈𝘵) project.
4. A draft proposal shall be submitted by 4.5.2022. The applicants will be informed of the results on 6.5.2022 and they are required to send a more detailed proposal by 13.2.2022.
5. Catalysti artist members will be prioritized.
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗢𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀:
𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 – 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 (𝘒𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘵 𝘌𝘭𝘢̈𝘷𝘢̈𝘵) will take place on a number of streets, public squares, parks, outdoor spaces, as well as public transportation stations in Helsinki. The main event of this project titled Summer Street (Kesäkatu) continues to its second year and will take on a lighter version this time featuring light construction of kids’ playground, street furniture, and multi-purpose podiums for people to hang out or and artists to perform, as well as greenery in the surroundings. The project involves regular Thursdays programs, kids-friendly program Children Sundays, small happenings during Juhannus, and ends with Ticket to Ride, pop-up interventions at public transport stations, and stops.
𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀:
1. Pieni Roobertinkatu – pedestrian zone
2. Korkeavuorenkatu & Design Museum Square – terraces, a small podium, and pedestrian zones.
3. Kasarmikatu
4. Erottajankatu – one lane in use, wider street space.
4.6 Opening Day
8.6-25.8 Thursdays programs: general programs that take place at different locations (summer streets, Kauppatori, squares, Espa Stage, or other suggested venues.)
26.-6 – 7.8 Children Sundays: recurring kids-friendly programs.
26.6 Small happenings for Juhannus
11.8 Ticket to Ride: performances at metro stations and tram stops to welcome people back to school/ work.
1. Children Sundays: 2500 – 3000 euros.
2. Program per week: Site-specific, rotating, recurring on week/ month level: 4000-8000 euros.
Catalsyti will be in charge of invoicing the city and paying the artists.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗼 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆:
1. Please write us an email with a draft plan or brief ideas for your proposal (max 2 A4 pages) at . Please make sure to include: working group components, the schedule of the proposal, the location of your preference, and in which category (Thursdays programs, Children’s Weekends, or others) you wish to take part.
2. The application deadline is 4.5.2022.
3. The selection will be handled by Catalsyti artistic directors and the city of Helsinki.
4. The result is announced on 6.5.2022.
Catalysti is an association that strives to combat inequality within the contemporary art field. We encourage applications from candidates of varied ages, genders, and linguistic, cultural, or other minorities. If you belong to any of these groups, please feel free to indicate this in your application. All information is processed confidentially.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions about the application.