Pixelache Festival 2021 Open Call

Pixelache Festival 2021 Open Call


Pixelache Helsinki is a Transdisciplinary Platform for Emerging Art, Design, Research and Activism, organised by the non-profit association Piknik Frequency ry. It consists of an annual festival in Helsinki, as well as participatory art-science and technology productions, public events, educational programmes, residencies and other activities. Our non-profit association has operated since 2002, also named Pikseliähky.


Between 2021-2022, Pixelache will reach its 20th year anniversary, and Pixelache Helsinki Festival is currently one of the longest-running interdisciplinary cultural festivals in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region. It continues to promote emergent inter- and trans-disciplinary practices and thinking between art, design, technology, research and activism.




> Pixelache’s 2020-21 Theme: #Burn___


#Burn___ is the thematic premise for the next two years of Pixelache’s cultural output as an association, it connects psychological, social and environmental collapse, and how we can survive it, developing resilience.


The programme is designed to give the possibility to different actors to interpret the theme ‘#Burn___’ in multiple ways and continues our experiments in open and collaborative curation methods. We foresee the focus covering a wide spectrum of possibilities, from the personal to the social and extended systemic perspectives, including for example mental health and ecological states and conditions as related subjects.



Read ‘A Letter fae the Other Side’

(31.1.2020, updated 20 days later)

Poetic text by Andrew Gryf Paterson, to give hints of the scope of this theme

Read the letter in English, Finnish, Swedish or Russian through our webpage.

* Switch the language at the right top of the webpage



We hope to address the #Burn____ theme via postmedia, participatory and somatic contemporary practices, mixing art, design, together with public services, social /-democratic activism, and commons-orientated action. We wish to facilitate a sharing- economy that is not exploitative and exhausting, asking about ethics. Rather than reduce, we consider and promote increasingly complex or non-mediated but network-facilitated exchanges, and commissioned artworks or actions.


It is confirmed that Pixelache Helsinki 2021 Festival will take place at Helsinki City’s new central library Oodi.  


This exciting new public learning and leisure centre was voted last year as the best new library in the world and is very popular with both locals and international visitors since it opened in December 2018. We hope this festival venue site will encourage you to think about all its spaces, active and passive, ordered and dynamic, as well as the diverse client-base and potential audience. Saturday 12th June is also Helsinki City Day, another very popular event day. Hence this Pixelache Festival will be very public, and we aim to raise to this challenge! More about the library here.





Preferred language is English but if you should still choose to apply with other mentioned languages (Suomeksi, Svenska, Пo-Русски), that would be okay as well.


First Open Call

Opens 23.4.2020, closes 23.5.2020, EXTENDED TO 30.5.2020, at 23:59 EEST

For projects / processes / contributions which need to use a particular Oodi Central Library space that needs to be reserved or booked in advance. Contributions selected from the Open Call will be included in our funding applications in Autumn 2020.


Second Open Call

1.12.2020, closes 31.1.2021, 23:59 EET

For projects / processes / contributions which do not need to use a particular Oodi Central Library space reserved in advance, and may be seen as more of an intervention in other spaces of the building.


Maximum 2 submissions per applicant.


Please note: Currently we have not gathered or developed a budget for the festival production at the time of this first open call, April-May 2020, with feedback by the end of June 2020. If selected, we seek your permission to include your proposal in our funding applications in Autumn 2020, to gather the support to make them happen.



Please submit your proposals through our official webpage