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Flow embraces performing arts

Flow Festival’s art program bubbles with performance and performing arts this summer. The art program will kick off impressively in the week leading up to the festival, as contemporary dance, electronic music, and audiovisual art occupy the National Opera’s Almi Hall. The new diversity-celebrating event space, Pink Space, presents an alternative festival program through poetry, performance art, and video installations. In addition, light art and visual art, as well as movies and video art can be seen at the Festival as usual.

Flow Festival’s newest addition to the art program, Pink Space, is a type of glowing emotion spa offering refreshing experiences and memorable performances, resembling a work of art itself. Designed by DJ and artist Taika Mannila and interior architect Fanni Suvila, the space presents multidisciplinary pieces like Low Income Glow, a speech performance dealing with poverty and sexual desire in a class society by Niko HallikainenP(IN)K, a participatory performance that works as a healing ritual, and Magical Healing Pony II by Katri Tikkanen, an atmospheric, meditative, and calming video piece specially customized for Flow.

This year, Flow’s art program expands outside the festival area as the Flow x Opera evenings enchant in the National Opera’s Almi Hall on Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of August preceding the Flow Festival weekend. The pinnacle of the evenings is the unprecedented contemporary dance portrait Autobiography Edits, an awarded collaboration between the British leading choreographer Wayne McGregor and the American visionary of electronic music Jlin.

Performative art can be seen as a part of the experimental music program The Other Sound, too, as Tuomas A Laitinen’s performative installation Cryptospores manifests itself as a concert-like experience on stage at Flow. In addition to performance and performing arts, Flow’s art program offers many other exciting forms of art. The design house in charge of Flow’s lighting design, Sun Effects, will illuminate the dark side allies of the Suvilahti powerplant with audience-mesmerising light art. Furthermore, the Festival portrays interesting video pieces: two humouristic and thought-provoking creations from Vappu Rossi, Goodbye, Shadowy and The Marriage, and the captivating Eyeliner by Hanna Saarikoski.

Finnkino Pop-up cinema presents beloved classics, as well as anticipated newcomers such as J-P Valkeapää’s Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, Jim Jarmusch’s hilarious horror comedy The Dead Don’t Die, and Michael Herbig’s Ballon situated in the era of the Cold War. The Finnkino Pop-up cinema will also show short films by Aalto University students. Further, the Aalto students will create a mural and several other paintings for the festival area. The festival-goers will also get to enjoy a photography exhibit, as Keke Leppälä’s skateboard-themed Flowriders – Urban Meltdown will be on display at Flow.

Read more about Flow's art program: https://www.flowfestival.com/en/art/