To The Square 2 opening concert

Friday 29.8. | 18–02

Friday 29.8. | 18–02

To The Square 2 opening concert

The leading musician of Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Ramy Essam will play the grand opening of TO THE SQUARE 2, a project which celebrates movements “from Tunis to Cairo, from Occupy to Wikileaks and Blockupy Frankfurt, from Tiananmen to Bolotnaya Square, Moscow…” Joined by Finnish rapper Paleface with his band Räjähtävä Nyrkki, this unique gig will be followed by a rare night of turntablism with DJ Daddy Pales.

The concert will start at 9pm in the centre of Lasipalatsi Square, on a stage constructed especially for this week-long art project, whose artists and concept will be introduced at 8pm.

TO THE SQUARE 2 is the second edition of the Re-Aligned Project commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki and curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen of Perpetuum Mobilε. In the framework of Helsinki Festival, they have invited artists deeply involved in forms of resistance and movements to “the square”. The goal is to mobilize people with art, with projects by such prominent figures as Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah), whose new public intervention currently seeks 50 volunteers to match the 50 army-uniforms he has ordered; Nikolay Oleynikov (Moscow), whose mobile broadcast station “Radio Pravda” will roam the streets and airwaves; Egypt’s famed and much-loved street-artist Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor/Cairo); the sincerely hilarious ZIP Group (Krasnodar); Vladan Jeremic (Belgrade), satirical artist extraordinaire and editor of the Art Leaks Gazette; the Berlin-based urban transformers Raumlabor; and Núria Güell joining the project from Spain and Cuba.

As the organisers explain (cf.

“After the protest movements which broke out in capitals across the world from 2011 onward, we live in a period of regressive politics and at times violent repression. The question today is, what would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE 2 – that is, to go to the streets again? Perhaps it requires new extremes of economic inequality? Or massive ecological catastrophes? Or raw racism? Or an infinitely bigger ‘big brother’? Where did it all come from, and where does it go — that revolutionary energy?”

Lasipalatsi Square may be a political tabula rasa, but this may soon change. In the framework of TO THE SQUARE 2 a public discussion about the future of the square involving all stakeholders – including Helsinki residents, the Lasipalatsi Media Center, mbar and Amos Anderson Museum – is already scheduled for the 22 August.

This event is part of the To The Square 2 club series

TO THE SQUARE 2 will connect artistic and political movements across several continents, taking over the central Lasipalatsi Square from 22–31 August as part of Helsinki Festival. mbar will host a line of events during To The Square 2.

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