The residency

The Saari Residence, maintained by Helsinki-based Kone Foundation, is an international residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. It offers an opportunity for artists of all disciplines and nationalities to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well the chance to interact with other residents.

Both individual and group residencies are offered. Two-month individual residency periods are available from January to February 2021, March to April 2021, September to October 2021, and November to December 2021, while the group residencies for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August 2021.

The Saari Residence offers a grant and also three studios, dance studio, and workspaces for writers. Each individual residency guest has their own apartment with basic amenities and their own, private workspace that they do not have to share. During the summer group residencies, the groups stay in more shared accommodations, but each are provided with their private workspace.

Sustainable engagement

Additional support is offered for slow travel. (Slow travel refers to avoiding flying and other ecologically unsustainable means of transport. If the journey takes more than a week in total, it is possible to also apply for a work grant for the travels.)


The residency places are intended for individual professional artists, fiction writers, poets and novelists, translators, curators and critics and artistic collectives (work group or an established organization with a Business ID) of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a project proposal presented in advance. Non-fiction writers and researcher are not eligible to apply for the Residency.

The two-month working periods for individual residencies take place during spring, autums and winter, and group residencies for 1 to 4 weeks take place during the months of May, June, July and August.

Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Picture: Main building of the Saari Manor. Photo by Otto-Ville Väätäinen / Kone Foundation

Cooperation projects with Western Balkans

Deadline (updated!): 28 April 2020

The specific objectives of this call are to increase cultural cross-border cooperation within the Western Balkans region and EU Member States and to strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries in the region.

The call was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Step Up

Deadline: 17 April 2020

8-week programme for young dance artists

Run by Dance Limerick, Step Up Dance Project 2020 aims to bridge the gap between dance education and professional contemporary dance practice - in partnership with Arts Council, Dance Ireland and the University of Limerick.


DanceHouses at home

Dancing through distancing in practice

The current lockdown gives you the opportunity to take part in dance classes, attend performances, dive into written and multimedia content set up by our members and others in the dance community. Check out this growing resource page!


Coronavirus & the dance sector

- updated version -

EDN responses to the pandemic

The recent spread of the Coronavirus is pushing States to take harsh measures in the attempt to tackle the pandemic throughout Europe and beyond. EDN wants to hear from you to get a better picture on how the dance sector is affected.


Dancing your way to better health & well-being

November 2019

A new report by the World Health Organisation

This report synthesizes the global evidence from over 900 publications on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region.