Photo: Provinssi / Kalle Marjamäki
CELEBRATION OF COLORS AND PEOPLE
Every year Provinssi offers the festival guests a great visual experience besides the music program. Thea festival area is filled with spectacular art pieces and decorations, which complete the atmosphere at the same time making the site more comfortable and enjoyable. Festival goers can yearly admire more and more wonderful art pieces and visual decorations, which have been built almost entirely out of recycled and ecological materials.
Visual productions and entertaining shows have been part of Provinssi’s identity since the beginning of the festival, but during the past few years Provinssi has taken a major step towards the overall festival experience, completed by visual art. Today Provinssi is full of art made of recycled materials together with volunteers, diverse artists and society projects.
This is a festival of colors and people! Equality is one of the most important values of the festival, reminding us how Provinssi invites everyone to create the festival together, regardless ones background, age, gender or any other definitions.
Accessibility and ecology are important themes in Provinssi’s art. We are constantly reflecting on how to guarantee our content to be accessible and safe for everyone. We want to ensure, that the people creating the art with us is diverse as well.
For years, we have been cooperating with SPR Hyllykallio and Lakeuden Ympäristöhuolto Environmental Services sustainable materials – the key is to create our art as ecologically, sustainably, responsibly and respectfully as possible. For example, Provinssi is always looking for multi-year solutions when designing new elements.
The main task of art is to enhance the festival experience and let the eyes find surprises from every corner of the festival. Provinssi also wants to strive for functionality by using visual elements for example as resting places in the area, like a sack-chair lounge in the shade of trees. Provinssi have multiplied the number of seating in the festival area in past two years.
ARTISTS IN PROVINSSI
Since the summer of 2018, Provinssi have been an art gallery – art works by different artists have decorated the scene in Törnävänsaari. In the summer of 2019, art was collected in Provinssi’s Art Garage, sheltered from the logs of the ancient Millyard, and in the area, inviting tired feet to rest from the festival.
The diverse works have been passive, included participatory or activating elements, or have come to the attention of the audience in other ways, for example while moving among the guests.
Artists in Provinssi can be amateurs as well as professional art groups, collectives or individuals. In principle, artists of Provinssi’s sideshow and art are usually volunteers. In addition to the festival bracelet, we also organise catering, as well as accommodation and travel expenses, if required. Other benefits or commissions will be negotiated separately with artists or performance groups.
PROVINSSI IS INVOLVED IN EMPLOYMENT PROJECTS THROUGH ART
In the summer of 2019, Provinssi started cooperation with various employment projects. The participants of Tolkkupaja and Nuorten Startti in Seinäjoki created their own artworks to Provinssi 2019 together with the Provinssis art producers and were involved in constructing a visual festival area. Preppaamo project also participated in the art team. Provinssi will continue this important work in the summer of 2021 and develop new ways of working with other relevant actors and projects.