Theatre, opera and ballet in your living room – streaming and playback services
For opera and ballet fans, we recommend Stage 24, the virtual stage of the Opera and Ballet. The online platform lets you watch and listen to high-quality recordings from the repertoires of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. On Stage24, you can also celebrate the centenary of the Finnish National Ballet!
The Karanteeniteatteri “Quarantine Theatre” was born out of the corona pandemic and specialises in streamed theatre performances. If the current corona restrictions allow, small groups can also watch the performances in person. The mostly Finnish-language repertoire is constantly updated and ranges from improvisational performances to song evenings and full-length plays.
Espoo City Theatre, also known as the International Theatre of Finland, is the leading stage in Finland for visiting productions from abroad, which can also be enjoyed on its EspoonTeatteriPlus digital platform. EspoonTeatteriPlus streams not only recordings of its own performances, but also top-class performances from the world’s best performing artists subtitled in Finnish and English. In addition, you can enjoy interviews and other in-depth material about the performances.
Art on your headphones – audio tips for long walks and journeys
Paths in November audio walks
The contemporary dance festival Moving in November offers a series of audio walks that you can listen to free of charge while out for a stroll. Each recording is a site-specific portrait of a person inviting the listener for a walk with their voice, following their path. The audio walks have been created by local students together with performer and choreographer Pie Kär. The audio walks are in Finnish, but English translations are available on the website.
Middle Eastern Bloc
Helsinki-based international theatre group The Post Theatre Collective has produced two seasons of its Middle Eastern Bloc podcast series. The podcast presents writers and playwrights residing outside their country of birth discussing how they have coped with the pandemic. The episodes are free of charge and in English.
Middle Eastern Bloc Season 2 on Facebook
Äänikanava – Sound Channel
Poetry readings, mini-documentaries, podcasts, conversations, drama recordings… In 2022, the Finnish National Theatre celebrates its 150th anniversary and offers audio treats on its online Sound Channel. All the contents are free of charge and mainly in Finnish.
The Finnish National Theatre on Soundcloud
+ a performance by post to your home
Mail Order Experimance – A performance by post to your home
Have you ever received a performance by post to your home? The Mail Order Experimance by the Reality Research Center can be experienced by one viewer at a time in their home – or anywhere else for that matter, depending on the environment for which the performance has been prepared. The Finnish-language “performance” arrives in an envelope containing instructions for the show.
The Mail Order Experimance on Holvi webshop