Interkult (Kassandra association) is a nationwide Culture Hub founded on 2000 which aims to promote interculturalism through art and culture. Through it’s activities Interkult enables encounters between people and cultures and promotes intercultural understanding and tolerance. Since an increasing number of the youth has an immigrant background, our focus is even stronger on working with the children and the youth.
The basic activities of the culture hub comprehend art workshops, that are organized for schools, kindergartens, libraries, elderly homes as well as for art, youth and resident houses. Interkult either finance these workshops itself through grants and offer them free of charge to the participants or mediates with reasonable prices to various organizations. The workshops focus on themes flowing from each instructor’s own cultural background and artistic skills. 80 % of the workshop directors working together with the culture hub have another cultural background than Finnish and are all professional artist. Through cooperation with different actors it is possible to reach the target groups of the workshops.
Once a year Interkult organizes INTERKULTfest, a festival of performing arts for youngsters and young adults. The festival comprises both professional and amateur performances (dance, theatre, circus, music) that express interculturalism. The festival cooperates with different schools in the form of workshops, which results are shown on INTERKULTyouth day.
Kassandra association was established in 2000. The organization was founded by theatre director Ritva Siikala inspired by the multicultural artistic research project Kassandra 2000 in connection with the performance “Rainbow” (Sateenkaari) by the Raging Roses Theatre. The purpose was to work for intercultural encounters between Finns and immigrants and to use art and culture as a tool for integration.
In the spring of 2014 Kassandra’s name changed to Culture Hub Interkult Kassandra which is now known as Culture Hub Interkult.