The activities of the 17 Finnish cultural and academic institutes reached a total of over 2,2 million people in 2020. The ongoing covid-19 pandemic had a large impact on the institutes as the number of events and audiences declined with a third compared to the previous year. However, the exceptional year brought with it new practices and ways of coping. Most of the events organized by the institutes were moved online, which resulted in the possibility of reaching a more international audience outside of the institute’s operating area.
In the spring of 2020 the institute network launched a joint open call under the name of Together Alone. The aim of the program was to support artists’ income during the crisis and to ensure the continuation of international cooperation in the different artistic fields. The project was funded though means that had become available due to other cancelled events. In total 20 projects were commissioned through the open call and by the end of the year these had reached a total of approximately 274 000 people (over 258 000 on social media, approximately 14 000 live or online viewers and around 1 800 participants). Together Alone will be continued in 2021.
The institute’s 2020 statistics in a nutshell:
- 773 announced events (1 360 separate performances)
- An audience of over 2 million through the institute’s own programming
- Over 4 000 participants
- Additionally 20 commissioned Together Alone projects that reached an audience of 274 000 people
- Operations in 26 countries
- At least 32% of events carried out partially or fully online
- Over 460 collaborators
During the year 2020 the institutes offered their audiences:
- 236 publications (e.g. blog posts, podcast episodes, books, catalogues)
- 112 exhibitions
- 97 discussion events (136 separate meetings)
- 80 movie showings (284 separate showings)
- 76 presentations or lectures (a total of 110 presentations)
- 62 conferences, seminars or colloquiums
- 52 residences
- 39 other events (73 separate events)
- 41 concerts (49 performances)
- 38 theatre, dance, circus or other performances (93 separate events)
- 23 workshops (62 events)
- 24 courses
- 19 introductions of an institute
- 17 reading events (18 separate events)
- 16 networking events
- 7 participations in fairs
- 3 expert visits
The network of Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes
The network of Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes consists of 17 institutes operating in different areas of the world, Each institute is an independent organization devoted to the international mobility, visibility and collaboration of Finnish art, culture and academia. Each institute is upheld by an independent foundation, fund or association that guides the goals and practices of the institute in question.
The basic funds for the institutes and the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes Ltd. comes from the ministry of education and culture. In addition the institutes may receive project-based funding from other foundations, businesses or national and international collaborators within the fields of culture and academia. In Finland the institutes collaborate with cultural info centers and communications organizations as well as with universities and other institutions.
The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes Ltd. (SKTI) aims to strengthen the different institutes and the collaboration between their upholding organizations in addition to supporting the institutes in matters related to communication, lobbying and administration. SKTI gathers information of the institute’s activities on a yearly basis and compiles statistics of the operations based on the numbers reported by the institutes.