OuDance Festival

OuDance Festival 2023

The 30th annual OuDance Festival will be held in Oulu on September 13-17, 2023!

OuDance Festival celebrates it's 30-year-old journey in September!

Like so many dance festivals, OuDance Festival was started by local dance artists. Previously called ”Tanssia tyrkyllä” festival, it was founded thirty years ago by dance professionals from Oulu. Their goal was  to take dance out of the performance spaces to people.

The original goal of the festival, to enable dance art to meet where people spend time in their everyday lives, has been preserved. In recent years, JoJo’s audience work has enabled non-professionals to play an active role in the festival programme.

As the festival turnes exactly 30 years, it pauses to reflect on the life cycle. Different roles and expectations, relationships, parenthood and family are some of themes raised by the performances. Maria Nurmela’s and Ville Oinonen’s The Days is accompanied by a contemporary dance workshop that brings a local senior couple to the stage to dance together with the artists. In the Lithuanian guest performance M(other), mother Raimonda Gudavičiūtė and her child Elias Haun dance together. Porttiteatteri and Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin bring their own complex perspective to the stage with La Familia.

Since the future of the festival and dance lies in children and young people, Sunday’s closing day is theirs. Valvesali is conquered by young dancers from dance schools in Oulu, bringing a variety of dance genres to the stage.

Welcome to celebrate with us the 30-year-old OuDance Festival!

On behalf of the JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre’s artistic select committee, board and staff,

Helena Lindqvist
Executive Director


At 19 Valvesali
The Days – Maria Nurmela & Ville Oinonen


At 19 Main Stage in Oulu Theater
GRAVITY – Helsinki Dance Company & Kinetic Orchestra

FRIDAY 15.9.

Touring in Daycare centres
Miss Ida – Hanna Brotherus

At 17 Valveen Paljetti
OuDance – Thirties!

The Festival Club celebrating its 30th anniversary includes speeches and other entertainment activities. Music starts playing from 5 p.m. The actual program starts around 5.30 pm with a toast. The evening continues in Valvesali at 7 pm with M(other).

At 19 Valvesali
M(other) – Raimonda Gudavičiūtė (LT)


At 12.30 & 13.30 Shopping Centre Valkea surroundings
Into the Air – Jonna Aaltonen

At 19 Valvesali
La Familia – Porttiteatteri & Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin

SUNDAY 17.9.

At 16 Valvesali
OuDance – New Generation

Other programme

MONDAY 11.9.

At 18-20 Dance School Vamos
The Days workshop – Maria Nurmela & Ville Oinonen

FRIDAY 15.9.

At 10-15 Dance Centre Citydance
Floor Techique – Iiro Näkki


At 13-16 Oulu city center area
Wild Thing workshop – Heli Keskikallio, Taru Merikoski & Lotta Suomi

SUNDAY 17.9.

At 10-16.45 Cultural Centre Valve, dance studio
Alexander technique – Soile Lahdenperä

At 10-11 Cultural Centre Valve, dance studio
Contemporary dance with babies – Eerika Arposalo

For more information:

Toiminnanjohtaja | Managing Director 
helena.lindqvist@jojo.fi | +358 50 464 4880

Tuottaja | Producer
mira.kolanen@jojo.fi | +358 50 585 3906

Yleisötyöntekijä | Audience Work Coordinator 
leea.alatalo@jojo.fi | +358 400 151 152


Kulttuuritalo Valveen lippumyymälä | Valve Ticket office
Hallituskatu 7, +358 8 5584 7575 
and Ticketmaster.fi

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Liput Gravity-esitykseen Oulun teatterin lippumyymälästä ja Lippu.fi-palvelusta. | Tickets to Gravity from Oulu Theatre Ticket sales service and Lippu.fi.



Kulttuuritalo Valve | Cultural Centre Valve, Hallituskatu 7
Oulun teatteri | Oulu Theater, Kaarlenväylä 2
Kauppakeskus Valkea | Shopping centre Valkea, Isokatu 25
Tanssikeskus Citydance | Dance Centre Citydance, Tyrnäväntie 16
Tanssikoulu Vamos | Dance School Vamos, Upseerinkatu 8

Text to speech.

You can listen to the texts of the JoJo.fi website in Finnish by painting the desired text and pressing the play button that appears. Click here to the Finnish page.

Teksti puheeksi.

Voit kuunnella JoJo.fi nettisivujen tekstit suomeksi puhuttuna maalaamalla halutun tekstin ja painamalla esiin tulevaa PLAY-painiketta.