Open call

Caisa’s Open Call opens on June 3 2024!   

Cultural Centre Caisa’s main task is to promote diversity and inclusion in Helsinki through art and culture. We carry out this task, for example, by improving physical and mental accessibility and by highlighting underrepresented groups. We are looking for productions that are professional, original and support our values. We pay attention to current topics, relevance, inclusiveness and multilingualism. 

For the Spring of 2025 we are looking for performing arts premieres and reruns, exhibitions, series (e.g. concerts, films), festivals and concerts.  

We are not seeking international visiting productions with this call. 

Application time:     
3.6.2024 from 9.00 am until 4.8.2024 23.59 pm 

Apply to Caisa's program for the spring season 2025 from this link

Read the FAQ on Caisa's Open Call search (pdf)

What we offer:    

All productions selected for Caisa's program will be provided with facilities, technical equipment and technical personnel upon separate agreement. We expect performing arts productions to have their own sound and/or light design. One of Caisa’s producers 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 Caisa’s website, with more specific measures being negotiated with our sector’s communications service. We also require 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 two 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 equipment, in which case performance fees are covered in other ways, e.g. with a grant, etc.   
b) Caisa pays a fixed sales price for the production (we cannot cover, for example, all the production costs of a performance or exhibition)   

If the production involves ticket sales, the income sharing will be negotiated separately. Caisa also does not award grants, since the City of Helsinki's Unit of Partnerships, Grants and Projects 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 of the content and how significant it is within its art field 

- Professionalism of the production  

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

- Suitability considering schedules   


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

Autumn 2025
Performing arts premieres and reproductions, exhibitions, series (e.g. concerts, films), festivals and concerts. We are not seeking international visiting productions for this period.   
Application period: 16 December 2024, 9 am – 12 January 2025, 11:59 pm.

producer Faruk Lika 
tel. 09 310 37515, 050 461 6957 


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    
Art education and courses 
producer Teemu Savikurki 
tel. 040 522 6700 

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