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How it all began

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 22:46, by pigasus

I think it was in March 2011 that I noticed an A4 notification on the school wall where a group was looking for people to participate in the organisation of a film festival.

I’m Nikita Gavrilenko, and I started studying cultural management in the adult education programme of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in January 2011. Earlier I had studied Russian trade and international commerce, among other things, and in 2009 I graduated from the Metropolia Fashion and Clothing programme. Films have always been close to my heart; I believe in the healing power of moving pictures. In my studies, I will be concentrating on all things cinema, things like film festival organisation.

I remember vivdly the day I called Susanna and got an invitation for an interview at Kääntöpaikka. Read more

What if we did a pop-up dog park?

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 23:39, by pigasus

The active participants of the dog park initiative met in a club room to discuss and assign up-coming tasks.

Sami Niiranen had been in contact with the schools of the area about the design of the park. Two students from Metropolia had been in touch. It was agreed that Sami would reply to them, find out a bit more and if they would turn out to be what we are looking for, we would meet them as soon as possible. Anna promised to put together an information packet about the project for the potential designers, and Tero promised to turn that into a brief summary.

There was some discussion over whether to introduce the working team members in the blog. Anna has prepared a template for anyone to use for their own introductions. Read more

Meeting 1.2.2012

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 23:41, by pigasus


  • Milla on board



  • Finnish Cultural Foundation: 2000?
  • Kulke: 1000€


Intern and volunteers

  • Virpi
  • 3D-modeller from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • Milla
  • Mari
  • Azar
  • Minna
  • Piia on post-it note

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Design Dog Park Drive

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 22:00, by pigasus

Markus Sokolnicki

First things first: it was so much fun! The “warm up” on Friday and then Saturday were a success in spite of the low temperature, and considering the schedule and available resources.

The Design Dog Park initiative attracted the interest of the media. Radio Helsinki did an interview in their morning broadcast 2.2.2012. The hosts had some tricky questions but I suppose we passed with flying colours. Tero uploaded the interview on-line, feel free to download and listen to it: (in Finnish). Of the ample supply of the WDC Weekend, the Design Dog Park drive had caught the eye of a few popular bloggers. In addition, Helsingin Sanomat called in the morning of the event and wanted to know how dog park initiative with the city is getting on. It was great and of course a bit baffling to find this many people who were suddenly interested in combining design and a dog park. And of course: this is much-needed publicity for the project and will (I hope) be noted in the Public Works Department so that they’ll give us a substantial role in the designing process. Read more

Co-ordinator’s first appearance

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 20:24, by pigasus

Hi! My name is Minna Reinilä, and at the turn of the year I started my work trial at culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka, where I run the everyday functions and take care of PR, and at Spirit of Artova, where I’m a co-ordinator. I’m sure I’ll find out in the near future what all that means. At this point, it would seem that I’ll participate in co-ordinating Arabianranta Street Festival and join the media relations team of AFF. Writing is a dear hobby of mine, and I’m very interested in sharing in this blog how I experience working in this kind of environment.

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What kind of dog park would you like to see in Artova?

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 22:33, by pigasus

Let your voice be heard! We’re looking for ideas and opinions from dog owners, those without a dog, area residents, residents of other districts, those enthusiastic, those not so enthusiastic… everyone!

Let us know what you think here.


Translation by Pigasus Translations.

Arabia Street Festival, ladies and gentlemen!

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 23:35, by pigasus

First there was recycling, then street art. The event grew, more people joined the preparations and the name changed each year. You get a hearty portion of festival history in the first production meeting of the district association Artova. Janne Kareinen, the chairperson of Artova board of directors, and co-ordinator Saara Vanhala kept interrupting each other. As a newcomer, it’s difficult to grasp the big picture but enthusiasm is contagious: we’re making something cool happen.


Fortunately, the aim is not to replicate the festival exactly as it has been before. This time, we’re building something bigger and more ambitious. We have hired a producer, Taneli Kainulainen, and the World Design Capital initiative acts as a big brother. The atmosphere of reinventing the festival shows through, we started the festival production from the very basics, coming up with a name for the event. The name inherited from previous years was Big Recycling Event / Big Street Art Event, and it was too long and bulky. We needed something snappier.

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Who, what, when?

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 22:39, by pigasus

I’m a street festival newbie. I joined the festival organisation and volunteered to work in the publicity team: traditional tricks and social media. I got on board because of the “job description” – I hadn’t even visited the events of previous years.


And that means that you might find yourself all at sea. Fortunately, every successful project starts with a wad of questions: What? Where? To whom? And why?

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Hämeentie is ours!

Posted on March 10, 2012 at 22:49, by pigasus

Taneli the producer smiles broadly in our meeting. He has a good reason to, because at the moment he’s our hero. He conquered Hämeentie.


Hämeentie is a street nearby. In previous years, the street festival has sprawled on both sides of the street, and this year too we’ve made plans to place programme and show venues to the community centre Kääntöpaikka, Galleriakäytävä, Comics Centre and the yards of Toukola area single-family houses. And now, according to the most recent news, also on Hämeentie.

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Reformation of the meeting protocol

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 22:46, by pigasus

I can’t remember everyone’s names, I can see wandering eyes and hidden yawns. We run out of chairs. There are few things that motivate less than a poorly organised meeting. That’s what we had, and more than once.


I mentioned earlier how the production of a festival is shared by a large group of people. Somewhere in our co-operation fog we decided to invite absolutely everyone to our meetings, “so that everybody is up-to-date.” A mistake. If meetings swell into large gatherings, agenda is lost somewhere along the way and conversations become long and muddled. It’s time for a reformation. From now on, only the people whose contribution is necessary in the meeting will be invited. We mistook meetings to be internal communication, but that’s not the case. The people who know what their tasks are can easily keep up by reading the bulletins that drop into their inbox.

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