Columns Although the San Francisco playwright was amazed, it is no wonder that Finland classified him as a necessary worker.

Culture helps to cope, so a ballet playwright really is an “essential worker”, writes journalist Samuli Tiikkaja.

World situation is not good, admitted. Of course, there is no Finland either, but compared to many other countries, Finland’s corona map has had relatively subdued colors this autumn.

The works of artists are now constantly being canceled all over the world, and all those working in the cultural field are struggling with their livelihoods. The cultural sector is still in a state of emergency in Finland as well, but after the complete closure of the spring, the institutions have succeeded in creating functional and safe ways to make art for both the living public and online distribution.

It has been noticed elsewhere as well. For example, the National Opera Covid fan tutte The opera has garnered praise from all over the world, thanks to streaming. Likewise immersive LailaThe work received an international Fedora Digital Award, as it did on Wednesday was reported.

In the process Finland has become even more attractive in the eyes of cultural workers, where it has been possible to work at all. That is why he is one of the world’s top ballet dancers Maria Kochetkova was made a star dancer at the National Ballet for a year. “The National Ballet is one of the only houses in the world that can work this way,” Kochetkova told HS in an interview in the beginning of November.

Likewise a San Francisco resident Carey Perloff became a playwright in the new National Ballet Jekyll & Hyde to the work. He wrote about his experience To the New York Times, and was impressed that the Finnish authorities classified him, a cultural worker, as an “essential worker”.

And it’s true. Culture helps to cope.

Symphony orchestras have also so far been able to continue to perform in the corona autumn, although ticket revenues have suffered due to safety distances. Chamber music concerts have been able to be organized apparently safely. Still, the metropolitan area has another break of at least three weeks ahead.

Moni Turun the pianist has visited the concert hall last Sunday Elisabeth Leonskajan a unique concert where this top pianist played like the last day, without leaving the works in the back room. The audience was enchanted.

As the next world star, the Turku Music Festival will bring mezzo-soprano to the country at the beginning of December Joyce DiDonaton, which can be heard at the Turku Concert Hall by just over 300 listeners. Although much will happen on the coronary front by then, every effort will be made to organize the concert. Because DiDonato is a necessary employee, because culture helps to cope.


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