Europe’s Young Musicians and Dancers Speak about Culture

Discussion event to mark the visit of the European Union Youth Orchestra to Finland

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EUYO’s members from across the European Union and around 100 invited young musicians and dancers based in Helsinki will take part. The topics range from how to give young artists their own voice, to career development, mobility of artists in Europe, social responsibility, and how member states and the EU can support young people find partners and audiences, especially with the need to recover from the pandemic.


  • 18:00 Welcoming words by Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez
  • 18:05 Greetings by a spoke person of the European Commission
  • 18:10 Opening keynote by Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez
  • 18:20 Active break through interactive survey tools
  • 18:25 Panel responses to “pre-ordered” questions by relevant stakeholders
  • 18:35 Panel discussion + Audience Q&A
  • 18:55 EUYO’s Café Bauhaus video: Innovative culture for young people
  • 19:00 Panel discussion + Audience Q&A
  • 19:15 Active break through interactive survey tools
  • 19:20 Closing keynote by Dr. Liisa Suvikumpu
  • 19:30 Summary by Marshall Marcus, Secretary General of EUYO

Reception at the Music Center’s Lobby


  • Recent research concerning the well-being, careers, and professional education of young artists in times of crises (Docent Guadalupe López-Íñiguez, University of the Arts Helsinki)
  • European art history-based perspectives on young artists and art ambassadors in Europe (Docent Liisa Suvikumpu, Association of Finnish Foundations)

Panel members

The practitioners below will respond to “pre-ordered” questions sent by cultural stakeholders before the audience take over the conversation. Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez will moderate the discussion.

  • Violetta Keller, 1st Soloist Dancer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet
  • Cecilia Damströn, composer
  • Taavi Oramo, conductor, singer, electronic musician, clarinetist, producer
  • Venla Lahti, member of the EUYO and alumna of the Sibelius Academy’s Junior Academy
  • Paula Sanz Alasá, EUYO Leader


Registration link will be open until 30 March 2022 (Note the extended deadline!)

What is the EUYO?

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), one of the world’s preeminent orchestras of young people, will arrive in Helsinki in early April for a special four-day residency in Helsinki and Tampere. Founded in 1976, the Orchestra consists of talented musicians from all EU member states. It has been a cultural ambassador for the EU since its foundation, and amongst many prizes, was awarded the European Cultural Brand of the Year in 2020. The orchestra last visited Finland 18 years ago.


The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)
The Observatory for Arts and Cultural Education Finland
The Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA)

In cooperation with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

More information


2.4.2022 at 18:00 – 19:30



00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free admission upon registration

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