Cultural activities

The main task of the Finnish Cultural Foundation is to award grants. Lately, it has assumed a more active role in the shaping of national cultural policy with wide-ranging aims, a role which it already had in the past, especially in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Some of the most important recent initiatives are presented in these pages. Many of them have meant increasing co-operation with the public authorities, a process in which the Foundation has managed to preserve its independence as a catalyst. It is always ready to address challenges that call for rapid action and funding.

The Foundation maintains permanently the Kirpilä Art Collection. It also owns the largest collection of bowed string instruments in Finland. At the moment, the collection consists of 46 instruments, most of them of Italian or French origin, including a Stradivari and several Guadagninis. They are lent for five years or more to performers who have a permanent residence in Finland. The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition is held every three years and is rated among the top five singing contests in the world.