Minister of Science and Culture Multala to visit New York and Los Angeles from 30 October to 3 November
Minister of Science and Culture Sari Multala will visit New York and Los Angeles from 30 October to 3 November 2023. Her aim is to deepen cooperation between Finland and the United States in culture, science and the creative sectors. Multala will meet with leaders of local cultural institutions and businesses, visit several universities, and talk to people playing key roles in culture, science and higher education.
The purpose of Minister Multala's visit is, in line with the objectives of the Government Programme, to improve the opportunities of Finnish art and creative industries to work globally, and to boost scientific cooperation between Finland and the United States.
Finland is the focus country of the Performa 2023 Biennial in New York, and Multala's visit will support the promotion of the Finnish artists invited to the Biennial. In New York, Minister Multala will meet with the management of major cultural institutions, such as Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with the representatives of UNICEF. She will also discuss emerging disruptive technologies with the leadership of New York University (NYU) and other stakeholders.
In Los Angeles, Minister Multala will contribute to the efforts to market Finland as an attractive film and television production country for Hollywood studios and streaming services. In the field of music, her aim is to increase the export of works by facilitating the opportunities of Finnish producers and artists to make contacts in Los Angeles, the most important centre in the field globally.
Part of her visit will be dedicated to science, with a focus on cooperation in quantum technology, interactive technologies, and sustainable development research and innovation. Multala will discuss these fields with the leadership of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Southern California.
She will also visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the world's most important technology hub especially for space robotics and satellites, which conducts top-level research with several links to Finnish atmospheric research.
Inquiries: Emmi Venäläinen, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 453 2773