Briefly in English

What is DiDa?

DiDa – Disability Day Art & Action is a network festival celebrated around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December. DiDa wants to raise questions concerning human rights and equality through high-quality and thought-provoking art works, cultural programme and action.

As a part of Finland’s centenary year programme,  the second annual DiDa network festival highlights disabled persons’ right to independent life and self-determination.

What’s on?

The main event of DiDa will take place on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2017 in Ruohis tapahtumatila, Ruoholahti, Helsinki. The venue is located in the second floor of Ruoholahti Shopping Centre.

The programme of the main event includes two disabled rappers, Elvido and MC KOO, short films and movie clips, Abilis Foundation’s photo exhibition, a play made by the disabled young people in Aspa-säätiö, dance performance by dance group Ihanat, stand up up show by Gavin Lilley and music by Vakuuttikvartetti and ResonaariDuo. Please find more information from the Finnish website. For further details in English, you are always welcome to contact the producer (

The programme will be in Finnish and interpretated into Finnish Sign Language but for many of the performances you do not need to have Finnish skills in order to enjoy.

This year DiDa will be celebrated for the whole week from 27 November to 3 December. The programme of the week will include seminars, interpreted tours to exhibitions and much more.

Who are organizing DiDa?

The main partners of the network festival are Threshold Association, Abilis Foundation, Tukilinja, Eucrea Finland ry and Culture for All Service.

DiDa will be organized for the second time this year by several disability NGOs, actors from the cultural field and other organizations. We are looking for partners to join the collaboration as event hosts, programme producers or main partners. If you are interested in joining the collaboration, please contact the producer.


The festival will be made as accessible as possible. All venues will have accessible entrances and accessible toilets.

Further details about the accessibility of the venues will be updated to this website.


Producer Oona Simolin, tel. +358 44 2909 651,