societal activity

”Veijo Baltzar is a great Finnish and European cultural figure. In addition to his diverse literal and artistic achievements, he is a dynamic cultural and social activist. Baltzar is one of the few Finnish personalities, who possess capacity in European cultural life, especially as the promoter of multiculturality.”

Former Prime Minister of Finland Mr. Paavo Lipponen

Cultural

CounselLor

“Veijo Baltzar personifies the cultural and social emancipation of Finnish Roma that took place in the 1970s.”

Ambassador of Finland to Hungary Mr. Petri Tuomi-Nikula

 
 

Veijo Baltzar was granted an honorary title Cultural Counsellor in 2011 by the President of Finland Tarja Halonen. Honorary titles, granted by the President are rare, altogether 13 000 since 1918. There are eight Cultural Counsellors in Finland.

 

Baltzar has been a significant activist in the sector of societal, cultural, Roma and multicultural politcs in Finland and internationally since the 1960s. His active involvement in political discourse has always stemmed from his personal interest and motivation. Baltzar has run as a candidate in Parliamentary elections and he constantly works closely with the leading Finnish and European politicians.

 

Veijo Baltzar is an author of numerous international and domestic societal and cultural-political initiatives. He raised the discussion of Roma Holocaust in Finland in public debate in 2010 (project The Forgotten Genocide). The exhibition “Miranda – The Roma Holocaust”, created by Baltzar the following year, launched its World Tour in Spring 2017.

Baltzar was one of the firsts to bring out the minority questions in Finland and has been a leading contributor in multicultural issues ever since. In March 2014 Veijo Baltzar organized an international two-day minister-level conference ”The Conscience of Europe”, in which he published his 24 law initiatives for renewal of EU’s policies of multiculturalism.

 

 

“Baltzar reminds me of ‘wandering intellectual’, one of the most important thinkers in the Czech intellectual tradition and history from 16th century, Jan Amos Komenski. Baltzar challenges many concepts, such as the Western liberal understanding of human rights by pointing to its narrowmindedness, and brings forth in a valuable way elements that are important in developing multicultural societies, and even international peace”

 

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Petr Drulák

CULTURAL PROJECTS
 
priZes and awards
 

1980                     1st prize in the Golden Harp – competition in Dublin for TV-play The Red

                             Garden (manuscript)

1981                     The Theatre Action of the Year prize. Awarded by Finnish Theatre Center.


1992                     The Art award of the Province of Kuopio.


1991                     The Culture award of county Rautalampi.


1999                     The 3rd prize in the international “Amico Rom” - competition. Lanciano Italy.


2000                     The 2nd prize in the international “Amico Rom” - competition. Lanciano Italy.


2002                     Arvo Turtiainen Literature Prize.


2008                     Mikael Agricola medal celebrating 40-year literary career. Helsinki, Tammi

                             publisher.

2011                     An honorary title of Cultural Counsellor, kulttuurineuvos, granted by the

                             President of Finland Tarja Halonen.

2016                     Finalist and honorable mention (international recognition for 50-year activity
                             for the benefit of European Roma), European Roma Spirit Award (ERSA).
                             Bratislava, Slovakia

2017                     Artist pension, granted by Arts Promotion Centre Finland as recognition for

                             meritious artistic activity

law proposals

Proposals by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar for Reforming

the Multicultural Policies of the European Union

 

intercultural experiential education

Veijo Baltzar has developed his unique methodology of directing and teaching, based on multicultural intelligence, since 1974. Since 2010, Drom Association has been actively involved in developing Intercultural Experiential Education. This concept originates from Veijo Baltzar’s philosophical thinking, based on his experiences of life, cultural activities and pedagogical work.

Chancellor of Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture Anita Lehikoinen has noted that Baltzar’s pedagogical methods represent potential Finnish product of export, having a remarkable potential of responding to modern challenges, that should be developed further.