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Exhibition Young Sámi Art Event

The Young Sámi Art Event has been a stage for Sámi young people already for four decades. The event enhances young people’s involvement in cultural hobbies and art, and strengthens their use of the Sámi language, sense of belonging together and Sámi identity. Through images, films and other works of artistic nature, the exhibition shows the significance of this art event as part of living Sámi culture.

Feb 06, 2015
Every week until May 10, 2015
Contact Name Marjo-Riitta Rantamäki
Contact Email
Contact Phone +358 40 571 5670
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The Art Events are colourful occasions that pupils have looked forward to and prepared themselves for at school throughout the school year. Teachers have supported the event by working diligently as leaders. The Young Sámi Art Event offers the young an opportunity to improve their skills and show their talents for others, too. It has also aimed at giving them inspiring response for their involvement in the arts. All the Sámi children and young people as well as the pupils who are taught in or through the Sámi language are invited to the Young Sámi Art Event.

The Young Sámi Art Event has been held since the mid-1970s. The Art Event was originally one of the regional events of the national series of Young People’s Art Events. At present, it is one of the regional gatherings of the network Nuori Kulttuuri (“Young Culture”), in which representatives are chosen for the national spring gathering.

The main theme of the Art Event is the same as that of the national gathering, with a focus on dance, music or theatre. In addition, there is another theme that is linked with Sámi culture. The Young Sámi Art Event does not want to have the young people restrict themselves only to traditions: therefore, the events focus on a variety of art forms, for example visual arts, narration, poetry, comics, short films and stage cloths.

The Art Event is arranged by the Educational Committee of the Sámi Parliament, where The Educational Office takes care of the practical arrangements. In addition, the municipalities participate in the organisation of the event in their own turn. The Young Sámi Art Event is part of the annual curriculum of the schools, and the event takes place during the school week. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture provides financial support for participation in the Young Sámi Art Event and the national gatherings connected with it.

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