Monday 20.8.

Roots & Dreams

16:00 — 23:00 Amos Rex

Who remembers the crazy year of 1968? Paris student riots or the take-over of Vanha by university students in Helsinki? How do art protest and children grow up to be heroes?

Welcome to Roots & Dreams interdisclipinary arts event where you can discover your rebel spirit, now and in the future. This family friendly, multilingual cultural event is designed especially for those of you who dream of a better world. Write your own manifesto on social media or on the spot, come listen and share your stories in Open Activist Mic – where politician Erkki Tuomioja shares his personal account on the take-over of Vanha – interpret your spoken word poems on Poetry with Attitude -stage and try rendering famous, historical speeches in Rising Karaoke! Included also Helsinki city librarys´ pop up library Give peace a chance! where borrowing with your own Helmet -library card will be made available.

The event has free entry except for the film screening of Philip Kaufman´s Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) – with an introduction by Cinemaissi´s artistic director Diego Ginartes. Tickets available here.


Prague (Cinema hall)
16:00-17:00 Red carpet -audioworkshop* (k-11), non-stop, Outi Korhonen & Alejandra Olarte

17:00-18:00 Robbery and spirit of rebellion -workshop (k-11), Siri Kolu

19:30-20:00 Introduction to the movie by Diego Ginartes, artistic director of Cinemaissi

20:00 -23:00 Film: Olemisen sietämätön keveys, 1988, Philip Kaufman

Utopia (High ceiling lobby)
16.15-17:15 People’s Manifesto hosted by Kemê Pellicer, Globe Art Point

17.30-18:00 ( it’s just a red line ) visual poetry performance by Muhaned Durubi

Vanha (Low ceiling lobby, south end)
16-20 Give peace a chance! Pop up library by Helsinki City Library

16-20 Rebellion collage -audience activity table (self-directed)

Istanbul (Low ceiling lobby, north end)
18-20 Poetry with Attitude + open mic hosted by Aimo Haahka. Gues poets include:
– Roxana Crisologo & Ana Gutieszca (sound artist)
– Aulikki Oksanen
– Susinukke Kosola
– Nihkee Akka
– Open mic (1h)

20-21 Open Activist Mic for story telling, hosted by Max Bremer. Guest story tellers include:
– politician Erkki Tuomioja
– Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
– Hayder Isam
– Mohammed Javid

21-23 Rising Speech Karaoke hosted by Julius Valve. Critic Aleksis Salusjärvi as commentator.

*Red carpet – audio workshop

Red carpet is an old symbol of power and glory. In the tragedy about Agamemnon written by Aiskhylos for mor e than 2000 years ago, the wife of the protagonist encourages her husband to walk on the red carpet to show his heroism after a victorious war. The humble Agamemnon refuses first, but finally walks on the carpet barefoot. In doing so, he assumes part of the glory that belongs to the gods.

This symbol of power converts to a mixture of an installation and workshop at the cinema space of Amos Rex. This time the wars are won with words. The red carpet talks when you walk on it, and you can choose what it says. As raw material you have fragments from the speeches of human right activists that have influenced the world before and after the year 1968.

In collaboration with Helsinki Festival, Amos Rex, Globe Art Point, Helsinki City Libraries

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