The Concreate Urban Art Festival was organized by Helsinki Urban Art Association in cooperation with Naapurituottajat-project by Kalliola Settlement, which was responsible for the block party on Saturday August 8th.
Helsinki Urban Art is an association specializing in urban art. It brings art to the urban space, where it can become a part of people’s lives. Helsinki Urban Art makes art in many forms in order to revitalize urban areas in Helsinki, elsewhere in Finland and abroad. The association introduces new ways to use urban space, creates a communal urban culture and seeks solutions to social problems through art and activism.
Naapurituottajat is an activity, where people with a past with drug usage are trained to become professionals in event production. Naapurituottajat-participants learn about different aspects of event production and organize different cultural events with partners from Helsinki area. Their actions can also have a social impact in the urban space and improve perceived security of the streets. Naapurituottajat is a part of Kalliola-association that, as a social player, raises capital for a good life.
Other partners of Concreate were Pasilan Asukastalo, Kyvyt-project by Deaconess Foundation and All Day Agency.
Concreate was supported by Nordic Culture Point, The city of Helsinki, Acción Cultural Española, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Helsinki and Embassy Of Italy.