Harri Hertell

Saara Mansikkamäki

Saara Mansikkamäki

Harri Hertell

Harri Hertell is a poet, spoken word artist, dj and cultural manager from Helsinki, Finland. As a spoken word performer, he forms half of dub poetry project Dubros and spits lyrics for spoken word duo Hertell & Hertell.

The kickoff and highlight of Hertell's cultural management career can be considered to be the formation of the Helsinki Poetry Connection, a collective of poets and performers who have helped cement the popularity of stage poetry in Finland since 2008. With the help of the members of the collective, Hertell maintains two running poetry clubs in Helsinki: the high profile Helsinki Poetry Jam and the Kiiski Open Mic, the only monthly open stage poetry event in the Finnish capital. Hertell published his début
poetry collection, *Kunnes oppii kävelemään*, in 2011 and is currently working on his second collection.

In his capacity as professional dj, Hertell is known for the popular nostalgia style club In the Mood, and for the interdisciplinary Kynäniskaklubi. Hertell is constantly gaining new ground in event production, having piloted the first ever Finnish Name-Dropping Championships and *Aikomusten seminaari*, a "seminar of intentions" where members of the audience were invited to share their hopes and dreams. During the past year Hertell has also been a regular fixture at the We Love Helsinki dances, serving as dj for the highly acclaimed event.

 

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