Open call

Caisa's open call  

Open call for Caisa's program for autumn 2024 has finished. Thank you for the applications!

The main task of Cultural Centre Caisa is to promote diversity and inclusion in Helsinki through art and culture. Our approach revolves around biannual production calls, enabling us to collaboratively create content with the artistic community. In our various activities, we aim to reflect the diversity of the people of Helsinki by bringing out, either in themes or factors, e.g., different minorities. We strive to improve physical and mental accessibility and safety. In our activities, we put emphasis on current and opinionated, as well as community-based, collaborative, and multilingual content. We want to offer professional and original art experiences to Helsinki’s audiences.  


Upcoming Open calls:

Spring season 2025
Performance art premieres and reruns, exhibitions, concerts, series (concerts and movies etc.) and festivals.

With this open call, we are not looking for international productions. 
Application time: starting 3.6.2024 9.00 lasting until 4.8.2024 23.59.

Autumn season 2024
Performance art premieres and reruns, exhibitions, concerts, series (concerts and movies etc.) and festivals.

With this open call, we are not looking for international productions. 
Application time: starting 16.12.2024 9.00 lasting until 12.1.2025 23.59.

What we offer:   

All productions selected for Caisa's program will be provided with Caisa's facilities, technical equipment and technical personnel. We expect performing arts productions to have their own sound and/or light design. To facilitate cooperation, a Caisa producer will be assigned to each production, who will be responsible for managing this production for the house. Fees and other costs are negotiated with each production separately before the contract is signed. In terms of communications, all productions under Caisa’s program will be featured on the house’s website, with more specific measures being negotiated with our sector’s communications services. We also expect our production partner to invest in communication and marketing. You can visit Caisa's premises and get acquainted with our technical equipment in advance on our website.

Virtual tour of Caisa's premises

Caisa's technical equipment

Possible forms of cooperation: 

Listed below are four different forms of cooperation. Think about which of them would suit your production best. The final form of cooperation will be negotiated before the agreement is finalized.  

a) The production needs a venue and technical facilities, in which case performance fees are covered in other ways, e.g. with a grant, etc.  
b) In addition to the venue and technical facilities, the production requires a financial input in the performance fees.  
c) The Production wishes that Caisa covers all performance fees.  

d) Caisa pays a fixed sales price for the production (we cannot cover, for example, all the production costs of a theatrical performance)  

Caisa applies unions’ recommendations for the performance fees. If the production involves ticket sales, the distribution will be negotiated, reflecting the different forms of cooperation. Caisa also does not distribute grants, since the City of Helsinki's Cultural Promotion Service's grant unit is responsible for it.  

How we make decisions:   

At the end of the application period, Caisa’s team will review all applications and select those productions that best meet Caisa's selection criteria for further negotiation:   

- Caisa's main task of promoting diversity and inclusion   

- Appeal and relevance of the content 

- Professionalism of the production 

- Suitability for Caisa's premises, considering the technical equipment of the house   

- Suitability considering schedules  


After this, the team makes the final decisions and informs the applicants the end of October.   
If your proposal is not selected this time, you will still have the opportunity to rent our premises for your use.  


Theater & circus, festivals    
producer Jaana Lindman   
tel. 09 310 37005   

Music, languages & literature   
producer Kitari Mayele   
tel. 09 310 37506   

Dance & film   
producer Johanna Rissanen   
tel. 09 310 37798   

Booking and renting of premises   
production assistant Merja Taivalantti-Bouchghoul   
tel. 09 310 37503