Monday 5 September 2022




The Finnish Residence, 17 Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4



In 2021, the Baring Foundation published Love in a cold climate, a report which profiled inspiring examples of arts and creativity with older people in Finland.

Four creative ageing experts from Finland will be touring the UK and Ireland in the first week of September 2022 (5-9 September) to share their work, stopping in Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London. The focus of the events will be culture, arts and creativity in care homes, including how the social and arts sectors can work together. The Dublin event will take place on 5 September in the Finnish Ambassador’s Residence.

Who is this event for?
Representatives from care homes and care home bodies, arts organisations, artists, arts and social policy-makers, and all others interested in supporting creative lives in older age.

Speakers include:

  • Raisa Karttunen, a producer in the biggest cultural centre in Finland, The Cable Factory in Helsinki (Kaapeli), and founder and director of the Finnish creative ageing festival, Armas. She is interested in developing both national and international networks for the art sector and health care professionals working with older people. She is one of the editors of Love in a cold climate.
  • Sara Kuusi, a Special Planner at Helsinki’s Culture and Leisure Department where she is responsible for developing cultural participation and accessibility. She is currently managing a new programme promoting cultural activities for older people, which is a joint initiative between the Helsinki social affairs and health departments.
  • Matti Selin, a Cultural Manager in the city of Rovaniemi, which is a local government role shared between cultural services and health and social services. Matti has a background in performing arts as an artist, teacher and producer, and has for a number of years been developing cultural services for older people in Rovaniemi.
  • Silva Siponkoski has worked in the field of arts, culture and care in many roles since the 1990s. She is particularly interested in how you can utilise information from social and health registration systems to ensure older people can live their lives to the fullest. She works as an Independent Consultant and helps organisations and municipalities to develop their processes.

This event is organised by the Baring Foundation and Armas Festival in association with the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland. The discussion is kindly hosted by the Embassy of Finland in Dublin.

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