Events Archive

MIMO Tour in Salo

On the 25th of November 2013 MIMO organised an event Soberly Sensible (Selvästi mielekästä) in the Youth Center Steissi. The event targeted all sixth grades and their parents in Salo area. About 50 youngsters and their parents participated in the event.

The event presented the multiprofessional education model against drug and alcohol abuse that applies art in a new way. The model has been developed during the MIMO project in cooperation with project’s stakeholders and professionals of the field. The participants had an opportunity to see one of the performances from the It Is OK to Stay Sober (Saa olla selvänä) event. The performance is called Emma’s story. In the story a 15 year old sports girl Emma reflects on her attitude towards drugs and alcohol. Curiosity and peer pressure leads Emma to home parties with severe consequences due to use of alcohol.

After the performance the performers discussed with the young people about the thoughts and feelings the performance woke in them. At the same time their parents had a change to discuss with youth workers and professionals in preventive work of intoxicant abuse.

Both young people and their parents were impressed about the experience. In their feedback they underlined the authentic feeling of the performance and stressed the importance of similar kind of educational events in the future.


MIMO Round Table

MIMO workshop and round table discussion took place in Vimma (Turku) on the 19th of November 2013. The event was planned and organised by the community educator students of Humak Turku. The participants in the workshops were youth workers from Turku and students from Turku University of Applied Sciences and from Novia and Humak. They got new methods and tools to their work and studies.

The round table-discussion included three main themes; youth work, education and employment. The participants in the round table discussion; Eeva Roiha from Turku Youth Center, Erik Häggman from the Regional State Administrative Agency, Airi Kapanen from Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, eight youth workers from Turku, three members of Turku Youth Council, three lecturers from Turku University of Applied Sciences and three lecturers from Humak and students from Novia and Humak.

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The Perspectives on Young People´s Life

Seminar on 9th of October 2013, Finland

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Video recording from the seminar, part 1
Video recording from the seminar, part 2


Night of Disappearing Art

The fourth “Night of Disappearing Art” happening took place on May 21st in Vimma, Turku at 18-20. The event presented audiovisual productions made in MIMO during the past semesters: documentaries, short fiction films and journalistic material.

Video interview of Juha Sopanen: Night of Disappearing Art
Highlights from the Night of Disappearing Art


Iisibiisi ‒ A dance performance about teenage life

Iisibiisi is a dance performance for teenagers aged between 13 and 17 years. The performance deals with different issues of the life of the teenagers – like life’s problems and good moments. The main message of the piece is not to stress and worry too much. The scenes deal with issues like embarrassment, avoiding people around you, appearance, being pissed off and finally forgetting your problems and just taking it easy and having fun.

The performance is created co-operatively by TUAS 2nd year dance students and Sasha Salo, a student of sustainable development.

The two open performances were held in Jokisali, Arts Academy, Linnankatu 54-60 on Friday April 5th at 19:00 and Tuesday April 9th at 19:00.

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MIMO Open Days

MIMO Open Days was organised in Salo on the 25th of September. The day vas divided in two different workshops presenting the activities of the project.

In the morning the participants were welcomed to follow a dance workshop in Hakastaro elementary school. The dance and health care students have planned and organised intensive dance workshops to the children of special needs. Many of the ideas for themes of the workshops have come from the participants. During the last workshop they had travelled to Africa, this time they spent time in an amusement park: riding the roller coaster and carrousel, eating lollipops and candyfloss… And they all seemed to have a wonderful time: “I will tell my mum that I rode a roller coaster today!”

In the afternoon almost sixty observers had a chance to see the performances that are part of the It Is Ok to Stay Sober event for the 7th grade pupils in elementary school. The performance was a simulation because the observers would have disturbed the conversation and feedback in the real situation. Dramatized scenes where alcohol results humiliation, accidents had an effect also to the “older” audience. In the actual event the health care students (with support from professionals, if needed) discuss with the audience about their feelings and attitudes towards alcohol. Pupils even have the possibility to rewrite one of the original scenes with better end result. This is the second year of It is Ok to Stay Sober in MIMO and the feedback has been very encouraging.


Summer Summit II in Ahtela (Sauvo, Finland)

Sun was shining through the Summer Summit II in Ahtela (Sauvo, Finland) 13–17 of August, when the 21 students from study fields of youth work, dance, theatre, health care and occupational therapy gathered together to learn about multi-professional team work and art based methods.

In paper it sounds very theoretical and difficult, but that was not the case in practice. The participants were first introduced to art based methods in theatre, dance, music and digital storytelling. After one day introduction phase they were divided into four groups based on the theme that they found most appealing. Second full day was reserved for planning a workshop in a group and the very next day the art-based workshops were given to the rest of the course. Very hectic but also plenty of fun and definitely challenging!

In the end the workshop organizers received (praising) feedback from other participants as well as from the observing youth workers and lecturers of the Summit.


MIMO Summer Festival

MIMO Summer Festival was organised in 27–29 June 2012 in Mooste (Estonia). The event compiled the MIMO art clubs’ participants to meet each other and to present what they have accomplished. Altogether over 150 people (mainly participants and organisers of the MIMO art clubs) participated the event that was at the same time the grand ending ceremony for the MIMO clubs.

Although the weather was not very favorable to the festival, the atmosphere was open, supporting and positive. Different art clubs had produced various performances and the youngsters were very interested to see each other’s productions. The results varied a lot from short films to performances combining music, light and movement and from theatre performances that were based on the stories and memories of the youth to interactive “horror stories”.

During the festival the participants were provided with interesting art workshops where they could for example learn the basics of drumming and make a lantern of their own. The last camp night climaxed with energetic disco party.

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MIMO Dance Workshops’ Final Get Together

During spring 2012 various youth groups in Salo, Helsinki and Turku had the opportunity to participate in MIMO Dance workshops. The aim was to give the youth an opportunity to learn more about themselves as individuals through movement, movement improvisation and movement composition. The most important concept was the process of creative movement and group dynamics.

Unique and different from the other MIMO Art Based Methods activities organized in Finland, Finnish was not the exclusive native language for many of the young people attending the Dance workshops. For example the posters announcing the “Final Get Together” in May were written in six languages representing the diverse background and ethnicity of the participants: Kurdish, Persian, Somali, Dari, Finnish and English.

In the afternoon of Monday May 14th, youth participants from the various dance workshops gathered to the “Final Get Together” in Turku. The event launched with Dance workhop where the Sri Lankan dance artist-teacher Sathis Shyamendra Hettithanthri created a positive group atmosphere in his passionate movement workshop. All who were there (around 70 people all together) were able to feel  the group movement and motion. “Final Get Together” ended with delicious dinner based on ethnic food menu.


Ohjeet puun istuttamiseen – Instructions for planting a tree
Performance made by theatre students of TUAS in Köysiteatteri and on school tour in Turku.

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!huutomerkki! exploded in Vimma 7.3.2012

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Empowering Youth through Art-based Methods

Seminar in 6th of March 2012, Finland

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Haistattelunäytelmä – eli rakas paska maailma
There was a lot of trashing in Köysiteatteri 6-16.3.2012

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Katoavan taiteen ilta 2.12.2011
(The Night of Disappearing Art)

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Rhythm Alive in the Community
The first MIMO seminar, 5-6 April 2011

Nuorten tanssiprojekti (NTP) TuleVaan – Come Along Dance Performance
16 second year dance students created, produced and toured a Youth Dance Performance Project during spring 2011.

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