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What is audience outreach?

The audience outreach department at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet arranges activities for children and teens and for other audience groups requiring special attention. Audience education reaches some 25,000 to 35,000 people every year.

Our purpose is for these groups to gain experiences of opera and ballet on their terms – often through participation and learning by doing. Our activities focus on the communal nature of the art form and its intangibility: a live performance is something that happens here and now.

In addition to productions for children and teens, we cooperate with schools in a variety of arts education projects. We offer schools and other educational institutions opportunities to visit the Opera House and to get to know opera and ballet better.

Our work with comprehensive schools is an important part of what we do. Although the main point of our productions is to give artistic experiences, they also develop children’s social skills, creativity and cultural competence. Teachers and instructors can discover new methods and opportunities for multi-discipline teaching within their respective curricula.

Read more about audience outreach from here.

We are at your service

Please contact us if you have any questions about audience outreach in the FNOB.

Audience Outreach and Social Responsibility Manager Lauri Pokkinen (09) 4030 2214
Head of Education Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva (09) 4030 2516
Production Assistant Malla Vanhanen (09) 4030 2330
Production Coordinator Sonja Lipponen 050 430 8093


Audience Outreach
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
PO Box 176
00251 Helsinki