ShedHelsinki is a youth theatre project established in Finland based on an initiative by Elisa where theatre industry professionals create unique musical theatre together with children and young people.
“This is a time when differences are dividing people. We should look at diversity as a richness and resource instead. The starting point for cooperation is respect and valuing other people just the way they are. Diversity and cooperation make us stronger together.” Veli-Matti Mattila, CEO, Elisa Corporation
Everyone has the right to be seen just as they are. ShedHelsinki is a youth theatre project established in Finland based on this idea and an initiative by Elisa where theatre industry professionals create unique musical theatre together with children and young people.
ShedHelsinki aims to establish musical theatre that focuses on diversity in Finland and to make Finland a place where people dare to believe in their dreams and become seen just as they are.
During the first year, around 120 children and young people from four schools in Helsinki participated in ShedHelsinki. The year 2016 concluded in December with Peter Pan – an adventure musical, directed by Marco Bjurström.
We want to help ShedHelsinki to continue. We aim to expand the project in the future to other schools and to establish musical theatre where children and young people from different backgrounds can perform – together and safely. ShedHelsinki is based on the Chickenshed theatre company in London, which has been creating art based on diversity with children and young people for more than forty years.
Additional information (in Finnish): www.shedhelsinki.fi