Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Helsinki. AAVE Festival 2011.

In the middle of April 14.4-17.4.2011 AAVE (in Finnish: ghost, spectre) - ALTERNATIVE AUDIOVISUAL EVENT is back to haunt the cultural centre Malmitalo. The Helsinki- based festival of audiovisual arts, successfully launched in 2010, will be offering a refreshing experience for many rewarding days, for any fan of cinema and art. This year the event at Malmitalo is again completely free of charge.

Through the special programs Resistance(s) and Arab Shorts AAVE will turn the attention to the lights and shadows of North Africa and Middle East in the selection of traditional and experimental short films and video art from the area that has been in the focus of attention of the whole world because of the dramatic events that have shaken the structures of arabic societies. Our full-length feature series "Oishii! Japanese delicacies" continues to explore the rich cinematic history of the land of the rising sun which unfortunately has experienced a tremendeous losses and catastrophes in this spring. All films introduce the strong personal style of their directors.

Every festival evening will end with a unique show where live music and moving imagery complement each other. Our domestic live-performers are Ponytail (with live installation), Grey Park, Seppo Renvall & Maija Saksman and Helsinki Poetry Connection. Additional value is brought by the première of a new dance show ”Measuring - coordinates, energy, time and gravity”, by Mikko Kallinen & The Company, where various art-pieces move inside an axel of live- performance/video-virtual world.

The combination of VJ sessions and VJ workshop by Iván Torres Hdez (ES/FI) & Hugo Olim (PT) will provide an interesting opportunity for interact with our audience. This year’s programme also includes two new festival categories, animated classics selection for all ages, and a compact compilation of new Finnish media art.

The festival is organized by non-profit cultural association KAiKU ry, Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts and the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. This whole ensemble is of course enriched with the presence our Finnish and international guests, such as curators Silke Schmickl (FR), Marcel Schwierin (GR) and sound / noise artist Dieter Müh (UK).

Yours ghostly,
Artistic Directors Ivan Punzo & Kari Yli-Annala
AAVE – Alternative AudioVisual Event, 14. – 17.4.2011
Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki

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