600 School pupils take the Tram Buskers’ Tour

The Entropies performed for the pupils of Porolahti School. Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

IHME Project 2016, Kateřina Šedá’s Tram Buskers’ Tour won over its audience on Wednesday on a chartered tram for schools. The school tram was a response to Šedá’s wanting children and young people to experience the IHME Project as part of their school day.

Nearly 600 pupils and teachers stepped on board, a total of 26 classes from 17 schools in different parts of Helsinki. The shiny metal Culture Tram took a route around the city-centre and Hakaniemi districts. “We surely aren’t leaving yet – it can’t even have been half an hour, five minutes at most!” one 7th-grade pupil called out as the tram swerved into the Mikonkatu terminus stop.

Surprises, dancing and clapping

This is one of my best art classes ever.
I got hot dancing.
In the tram art and everyday life meet, for real!

Out of the diverse troupe of performers the children’s favourite turned out to be the high-energy Entropies, with Soheil Sadloo on guitar and Ester Švábková on drums, plus Chano, who plays classic Spanish hits from the heart. One-man music machine Stephen Paul Taylor got the whole tram rocking with his scintillating show, which overflowed with drama, humour and changes of costume.

Read more about the performers on the Tram Buskers’ Tour >

Our IHME is coming

For schools IHME has also produced IHME Tasks, which expands on the offerings of the Tram Buskers’ Tour and provides materials for phenomenon-based learning. N.B. Tasks are only available in Finnish. The Festival seeks to support teachers’ work by giving tips on using contemporary art in teaching.

The teachers’ own Our IHME event will be held at the Old Student House on Friday, April 1 at 13:00–15:30. Registration is open until March 21.

Our IHME programme and registration instructions >

IHME School – collaborating and learning something new

The partners who have enabled the most extensive school collaboration in the history of the eight-year-old IHME: City of Helsinki Education Department; Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Art Education course; and City of Helsinki Cultural Office Culture Courses. The Education Department has supported the schools’ tram trips by publicizing them and giving travel grants to participating schools. Visual-art-education students at Aalto University carried out the IHME School project at Porolahti Primary School in Roihuvuori, Helsinki. The Tram Buskers Tour is also part of this spring’s Culture Course, Näyttämöitä (The Scenes).

IHME would like to thank its partners and teachers for the fruitful collaboration.