Oulu Dance Hack is an annual research and performance event that is organised by TaikaBox and to bring together art, industry and education in a unique way. Artists travel from all over the world to spend a week in Northern Finland, together creating new work that integrates dance and technology. Local industries contribute their products to the project, giving artists unique opportunities to work with new technologies and adapt them to a performance context.

The teams are augmented by dance and media students from Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK), who work alongside the professional artists, gaining valuable experience.

The first three Hacks have been hosted in the EduLAB and Dance Department at OAMK, with support from JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Finnish Cultural Foundation, BusinessOulu, Probot, Haltian, Delicode, Museum and Science Centre Luuppi, Playsign, smARTplaces – European audience development network, Berlin-based software company Troikatronix, eTOPIA – Spanish Art And Science Centre and Kulttuurivoimala – Culture Power Station. Some of the visiting artists have been supported by STEP travel grants from the ECF.

Oulu Dance Hack 19 was hosted at Citydance and Oulu Museum of Art as part of Lumo - Oulu Light Festival, with support from OAMK, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Greenled, C2 Smartlight, Flexbright, Business Oulu and Studio Siilo. Individual artists' travel was supported by Wales Arts International, i-Portunus and CINETic - International Centre for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies, Bucharest.


OULU DANCE HACK 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

details for Oulu Dance Hack 2021 will be announced later this year or in the Spring.



photo by Jorge Lizalde, Studio Cano



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