Studio Aleppo [Helsinki]


The National Museum of Finland


The discussion on immigrants often focuses on statistics, nationalities and news streams about global catastrophes. But who are the actual people behind the generalisations? And what are Finns like? The National Museum of Finland’s Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is part of an international series of events, the goal of which is to strengthen the importance of empathy and equality in the discussion concerning immigration.


Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is a pop up photography studio that brings together new and old citizens of Finland. The concept is simple: as a local, you pay €50 for two portraits. One of the portraits is for you, while the other is donated to an immigrant. The portraits will then be displayed side by side in an exhibition at the National Museum of Finland, after which they will also be added to an online gallery. Each portrait is a symbolic gesture, a declaration of intent for creating a new, equal future for all.


The portraits will be taken in the pop up studio by award-winning photographer Juuso Westerlund. Each participant can have their portrait taken individually or with their family (max. 4 persons), loved one, friends or children. The persons photographed will also be asked to participate in a short interview. By having their portrait taken, participants agree to have their portraits displayed in the exhibition and in the online gallery to be published later, which will also include interview comments from participants. Participants will also receive a copy of their portrait.


Studio Aleppo [Helsinki]

Idea and production: Paradox

Author: Issa Touma

Executive Producer in Finland: MiklagardArts

Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is supported by the Mondriaan Fund

Studio Aleppo [Helsinki] is part of the Finland 100 programme



Opening Show

14 April 2017 7:30 pm

Theater Bremen


Choreographer, circus artist: Ilona Jäntti

Composer, musician: Aino Venna

Double bass: Erik Michelsen

Light designer: Kauri Klemelä


Yablochkov Candle is a concert and an aerial acrobatic performance put together. The sounds of Singer-Songwriter Aino Venna, richly influenced by French chansons and old school rock 'n' roll, blends effortlessly with Jäntti’s beautiful aerial choreography.


19 March 2017  5:00 pm

The HKJC Amphitheatre, HKAPA


Kudsi Erguner, ney

Serkan Halili, kanun

Hamdi Akatay, percussion


Son of the head of a troupe of whirling dervishes, Kudsi Erguner was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2016. For many years, he has researched and documented nearly forgotten middle eastern music traditions and brought them to the attention of a new audience, in the course of which he has released more than 100 CDs. He is a world authority on Sufi music - a spiritual dimension of Islam, and the Turkish, Arabic and Jewish influenced music of the former Ottoman Empire. In this concert Kudsi Erguner, Serkan Halili and Hamdi Akatay perform colourful social music, drawing on centuries of music tradition from the rich culture of the Ottoman Empire.

CIRCUS BRIDGE @ the Centenary of Finland’s Independence - Finland100 – programme


Circus Bridge, a bridge-building project between the ancient traditions of Chinese acrobatics and Finnish contemporary circus, founded and operated by Cirko, feverchina, Maracat Caravan, and MiklagardArts was accepted into the #Finland100 program.

Modern Art Museum, Shanghai

12-19 February 2017


#CircusBridge’s first residency in China

The team of Circus Bridge travels to China to meet and network with local professionals. During the visit Petteri Jakobsson & Erik Söderblom will host an introduction lecture to Finnish and European contemporary circus. The book about European contemporary circus produced by Circus Bridge will be introduced at the lectures.

“Crossing Boundaries ! European Contemporary Circus”


Presented during the first residency of Circus Bridge in China, this visual book includes the best examples of the circus in its contemporary narrative! We are very proud and happy to be part of Circus Bridge with Cirko, feverchina and Maracat Caravan #Finland100.



9 November 2016  8:00 pm

Akbank Sanat, İstanbul


Verneri Pohjola, trumpet, electronics

Aki Rissanen, piano, electronics


Verneri Pohjola is a renowned trumpet player and Aki Rissanen a reputable jazz pianist. They have played in several ensembles together and separately for over ten years, and now they have joined their forces in a duo project. Together they combine acoustic and electronic soundscapes, and play their original distinctive compositions. Both musicians are creating an international career and releasing new albums abroad - both for the British Edition Records label. The duo's own album is also in preparation.



20 October 2016  8:00 pm

G LiveLab, Helsinki


Kudsi Erguner, ney

Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano

Antti Tikkanen, violin

Mikko Perkola, viola da gamba

Anna-Maaria Oramo, harpsichord

Solmund Nystabakk, lute


It is a brilliant new collaboration between Kudsi Erguner and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Kudsi Erguner, Tuuli Lindeberg, Antti Tikkanen, Mikko Perkola, Anna-Maaria Oramo, Solmund Nystabakk offfered a magical journey towards the same historical period of two separate worlds' music; the Eastern Ottoman and Western Baroque.



Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016

21 September 2016  9:00 pm

Jerusalem, YMCA


Bora Uymaz, vocal

Aron Saltıel, vocal

Safa Korkmaz, vocal

Kudsi Erguner, ney

Giannis Koutis, ud & vocal

Hakan Güngör, kanun

Michalis Cholevas, yaylı tanbur

Yinon Muallem, percussions


Kudsi Erguner, the master of Turkish Sufi music, is coming to Mekudeshet with a new and exciting project: ancient maftirim sung in Hebrew from the heart of Islamic Turkey. The tradition is based on the writings of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī and was performed by learned Jews who combined holy Hebrew texts with classical Turkish melodies. The maftirim choirs first appeared in the 18th century in Edirne, known historically as Adrianople and later and today as Istanbul. The repertoire, which was sung on the Sabbath, was arranged according to Turkish Maqams with the music and the style of singing based on classical Turkish and Sufi music.



17 September 2016  2:00 pm - 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Handelsbeurs, Gent


Bora Uymaz, vocals, bendir

Şirin Pancaroğlu, lever harp

Mehmet Yalgın, kemençe


The Şimdi ensemble (Şimdi means “now” in Turkish) is inspired by the Sufism of Asia Minor.  They embrace Turkey’s music heritage and its amazing traditional repertoire, supplementing it with their own compositions and improvisations. The harp of Şirin Pancaroglu, who is considered a star in Turkey, combined with vocalisation and the unique sounds of the kemençe will transport, taking you on a journey from the past to the future, while mainly spending time in the “here and now”.


“Ottomans meet the Baroque World”


A collaboration between Kudsi Erguner and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO)


The word baroque has usually been used to refer to irregular, asymmetric, or -according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau - to mixed harmonies, too many modulations or even dissonance. In the light of these definitions, for the Western world, not only the music of the 17th and 18th century but even the Ottoman music could have been considered “baroque”.


The ney flute master, one of the most inspiring musicians of the Sufi tradition Kudsi Erguner will meet soloists of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. A musical journey towards a repertoire that will consist of compositions from the same historical period of two separate worlds, the Sufi tradition, and Baroque. The musicians will juxtapose the different musical languages of the East and the West and explore similarities and differences of harmonies and maqams and blends the singing techniques of the two cultures.

MiklagardArts kicked off a collaborative project Circus Bridge with three distinguished partners operating in the field of contemporary circus and performing arts: Cirko, Maracat Caravan and FeverChina. These four partners join forces aiming to build a bridge between the innovative Finnish contemporary circus and the ancient traditions of Chinese circus and acrobatics.


Circus Bridge launched at the EARS Helsinki seminar in August 2016. Over the next three years, we will take Finnish circus companies, performances and creative know-how to China, arrange meeting points for Finnish and Chinese circus artists and create the first Finnish-Chinese circus performance which will premiere in 2018.

Moi Helsinki @ Xidan-square in Beijing

May 13-15, 2016


The City of Helsinki will create a weekend of Finnish culture on the Xidan-square in Beijing. The Moi Helsinki event will bring together some extraordinary interesting Finnish artists for a three-day performance and installation marathon on May 13-15 2016. The accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, the dancers Minna Tervamäki, Tero Saarinen and Ima Iduozee, the singer Ronya, the Humppavanti Orchestra, the Finnish-Chinese Beijing opera company Wusheng, the Club for Five ensemble, the installation artist Kaisa Salmi and much more will come together for this extraordinary outdoor festival in the centre of Beijing. We are a member of the curating team and responsible for the dramaturgy of the event.