Young Culture

The Young Culture activity is an event meant for children and young hobbyists where the participants have a chance to perform in high-quality settings, meet other hobbyists of the field, receive professional and constructive feedback for their performance, and gain new experiences together with others. In the centre of our activities are participation, equality and community.

Young Culture is a form of cultural youth work in which we can spur, encourage, and inspire young people into cultural hobbies regardless of their location, education, or ethnic, linguistic or socioeconomic background. The categories of Young Culture are Moves (dance), Sounds (music), and Teatris (theatre). The Young Culture activity is an immediate continuation of the Nuoriso art events that were held up until the 2000s. The activity is currently coordinated by the Finnish Youth Association.

Moves regional events

Moves brings together young dance hobbyists at regional events held across Finland every three years. The prerequisites for participating in the regional events are that all participants are 10-20 years of age and that the performance is a maximum of 6 minutes long. Read more about the Moves rules here. In every event a jury gives the performers feedback both orally and in writing and picks representatives for the national event in Tampere in July.

Moves and Pispalan Sottiisi

At the same time with the national Moves event, an international folk dance festival Pispalan Sottiisi is held in Tampere. With both of these events turning 50 years old, we've decided to join forces for the anniversary. Together as SottiisiMoves, we are one of the most important dance events of the year.

The Finnish Youth Association

The Finnish Youth Association is a major player in the field of cultural youth work in Finland. The Youth Association offers cultural hobbies, such as dance, theatre, circus, music, and sports, for all ages.

About 700 Finnish Youth Association clubs operate locally, all around Finland. The national organization along with its 15 regional offices organize events and courses, produce materials for use, and support the local clubs with their needs.

The Finnish Youth Association club was founded in 1881 in Kauhava, Southern Ostrobothnia. A year later several clubs organized themselves into one regional association, and in 1897 the national association was formed.

Culture, community and learning form the basis of our clubs. The aim is to generate genuine participation and let everybody's creativity show. For example, the instructors of our dance and theatre groups draw ideas and suggestions from the children, rather than giving a ready made choreography or manuscript.