We invite you to a journey from darkness to light, to be the main character in a story about homosexual men in Helsinki. Come and find one of “Tom’s men” from yourself: unashamed, proud, sexy and masculine, and experience a slice of Finnish homosexual history through a touching story.
Finding Tom is an immersive, participatory artwork that combines live action role playing, theatre and other art forms. It tells the story of homosexual men who lived in Helsinki from the 40’s to the 70’s and of the influence Tom of Finland’s art had on them.
The experience lasts five hours (5h) and includes workshops, the play time and a debrief. You must be present for the whole duration. Pack your own lunch.
Following the health official’s recommendations using disposable face masks is mandatory during the event. We will provide face masks to all participants.
Although all the characters in the story are homosexual men, we welcome all bodies, genders and sexualities to this journey. This event is body positive and free from discrimination.
The art work contains:
Fighting for freedom, homosexuality, homosexual sex, homoeroticism, homosexual history, homosexual men, homosexual love, cruising, living in the time of war, discrimination, discrimination within the minority, prejudice, persecution, violence, oppression, feelings of shame and being ill, fear, loss, activism, acceptance, pride, liberation, courage, joy, dreams, fantasies and a journey towards equality.
There are no future runs announced at the moment, but there will be new runs of Finding Tom.
Previous runs of Finding Tom
29.8.2020 test run, Helsinki, Finland
10.9.2020 1st run, Helsinki Pride 2020, Helsinki, Finland
13.9.2020 2nd run, Helsinki Pride 2020, Helsinki, Finland
22.9.2020 3rd run, Helsinki, Finland
24.9.2020 4th run, Helsinki, Finland
15.8.2021 5th run, World Pride 2021, Malmö, Sweden
6.10.2021 6th run, Knutepunkt conference, Oslo, Norway