Open call: Poetry on stage!

Poetry speaks and the stage lives, we want to unite poets and other artists on stage!

Kirjan talo – Bokens hus ry and the Runoviikko festival in collaboration with Nuoren Voiman Liitto, Tukkateatteri and Turun Ylioppilasteatteri are now looking for a new, interdisciplinary poetry performance specially designed for the stage. The purpose of the open call is to have an interdisciplinary premiere based on poetry in Runoviikko’s festival program.

Regarding the production, we require:

It is a premiere that combines poetry and other art forms.
The poet or poets themselves participate in the performance.

Manuscripts or inspiration alone are not enough participation by the poet.
The team has the copyright to the material used in the work.

The performance will take place in Taiteen talo during the
Runoviikko Festival 2022, 4.11-13.11.2022.
The duration of the performance is 40-60 minutes.
The performance uses and brings together both performance poetry’s and theater’s expressions, ways of performing, structures and
audience interaction.

The performance should be designed with touring in mind (stages and any technology should be easy to transport and build).
Poetry used in the performance must be produced by the team itself and/or the team must ensure that they have permission to use the author’s poetry in the performance.

The Runoviikko festival offers:

Performance space in Taiteen talo on Thursday 10.11.2022
and Saturday 12.11.2022 as part of the program during
the Runoviikko festival.
The performance space is available for the team for rehearsal and
assembly from mon 7.11

The performance room will be a stage suitable for theater use. More
detailed technical information will be communicated to the selected team.

Marketing and communication through Runoviikko’s own channels (e.g. the festival’s websites, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube).


Kirjan talo offers the team professional support for the
production of the performance so that the performance
is executed according to the agreement and timeframe.
Kirjan talo has set aside € 4,000 in production support for
planning and implementation of the work, in addition,
Kirjan talo contributes with travel costs and
accommodation according to the negotiated agreement.

A performance agreement is made with the selected team regarding the Runoviikko festival 2022.

The applicant team will also prepare to carry out the performance twice  in August 2023. The poetry on stage! collaborators are Nuoren Voiman Liitto from Helsinki and Tukkateatteri from Tampere. The performances in August 2023 will be played as a part of Runokuu and Tampere Summer Theater’s Off-program A production grant of
€ 2,000 has been set aside for the team to be able to carry out these performances.

For more detailed application instructions, send an email to
To participate in the open call, send a written application according to the application criteria to Runoviikko’s email no later than Sunday, May 15, 2022.

The team selected for the performance will be published no later
than 15 August 2022.

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