Together Alone
— the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes

There are 17 Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes around the world. Throughout times of crisis, our mission remains unchanged: Together we advance international mobility, visibility and collaboration of Finnish professionals in the arts, culture and science. 

In the spring of 2020 to quickly respond to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 epidemic we announced an open call for new art projects, reflecting on the global crisis, under the name of Together Alone. Through Together Alone, which was open to all Finnish and Finland-based professional artists who had lost work opportunities due to the corona epidemic, the Institutes seeked artistic proposals related to the state of emergency, radical change, resilience, artistic practice in the future, alone together. At the same time the project acts as a documentation of one of the major social upheavals of our time, gives the artists an opportunity to reflect it through their work, rethink ways of outreach and develop new practices.

You can familiarize yourself with the open call and the 20 chosen projects, out of the 437 applications, here.

As the prolonged pandemic continued imposing challenges for artists and the cultural field worldwide, the Institute network launched a second open call in the spring of 2021 – Together Alone 2.0. Through the open call the Institutes wanted to give a platform and encourage professionals to consider new ways of operating in a situation where mobility and physical contact are not possible. 

Read more about the eight chosen projects, out of 140 applications, and the open call here. The projects will be shown during an exhibition and seminar in Hanasaari Cultural Centre during the spring of 2022.

To conclude the Together Alone-trilogy and partake in rebuilding of the international cultural field, the Institutes have launched the Together Again-festival. The hybrid festival will take place in the spring of 2023 and include new commissions and projects from the previous open calls that will be displayed on site in Helsinki and digitally travel through time zones from Tokyo to New York. 


Read more about the upcoming festival here

For questions regarding any matters related to Together Alone, please reach out to togetheralonefi@gmail.com