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First taste of Opera & Ballet

30 min
12.9.2023 – 19.4.2024
Almi Hall Foyer
For Children, Free entry

First taste of opera and ballet workshops discontinued in season 2024–2025

The popular First taste of Opera and Ballet workshops for babies have been organised for over ten years, since 2013. The repertoire of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet is continuously evolving, and now it’s time to consider our next steps. Subsequently, we are temporarily suspending our workshops for babies, except for possible visits to other cities.

Children and young people are an integral part of our audience. We will announce our new plans in due course!

Learn more about what we offer for children and young people on our audience outreach page.

Sampling art for kids and parents

The First Taste of Opera & Ballet will wake up all the senses of both babies and their parents. We will sing, play, move, listen, look and touch – no previous experience necessary! These invigorating half-hour workshops are either for infants (about 0 to 9 months) or babies who can already crawl (about 10 to 18 months). Admission is free, but advance enrolment is mandatory. Every baby must be accompanied by an adult.

Enrolment for workshops

Enrolment for workshops in spring 2024 started 2 January at 9 a.m. Enrolment for workshop 23 March will start 1 March at 9 a.m.

Theme of the workshops in spring 2024 is Romeo and Juliet.

912 Jan 0 to 9 months Enrol at (in Finnish)
6 Feb and 89 Feb 10 to 18 months Enrol at (in Finnish)
27 Feb–1 Mar 0 to 9 months Enrol at (in Finnish)
23 Mar 0 to 18 months Enrolment will start 1 March at 9 a.m. Enrol at (in Finnish)
16–19 Apr 10 to 18 months Enrol at (in Finnish)

Workshops start at 10 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. unless otherwise specified. The duration of each workshop is 30 min.

The workshops are held only in Finnish.

Please note that every participant will need an active e-mail address for confirming the registration. If the workshops are already full, you can registrate and queue for possible cancellations. When registrating yourself, it is also possible to registrate your friend, relative or another adult and baby to the event.

Getting to the First Taste of Opera & Ballet

The workshops (30 min) are held in in the foyer of Almi Hall unless otherwise specified. Step-free entrance is from Oopperankuja on the Töölönlahti side.

Good to know

Accessible and spacious toilets are available in the foyer of Almi Hall. We do not have a separate childcare room. There is a microwave oven in the foyer that can be used.

Please note that every baby must be accompanied by an adult, yet we do not let in additional audience who have not registrated to the event (for example family members or friends) in order to guarantee a peaceful event for everyone.

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