Help us make The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency Helsinki 2013 possible!

mesenaattiTo be able to arrange The Agency one more time in Helsinki on 30.7.-4.8.2013 we need some funding we don’t have. We will have a campaign through the crowdfunding site to fund the event. The campaign should start soon. With even a small sum you can help us make Helsinki Lovers possible – and you get some personal Lovers experiences in exchange for your participation. So check out the Mesenaatti page and watch this space! You can like us on Facebook to stay up to date.


The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency 2013

The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency is a participatory art event made up of dates. We do the matchmaking, you go on the dates, and together we are The Lovers.


Helsinki, Finland

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The Lovers’ Matchmaking agency is a pop-up dating agency that appears for six days and sends people on blind dates. But instead of romantic, our dates are all sorts of meetings between strangers. The idea is to be open to see the good in every stranger, to be able to connect and share a little adventure. We’ll help you along by giving you some unusual tasks to do together.

The Agency has previously been organized twice in Helsinki and in Copenhagen, Oslo and Tromsø.

On the first day, as you sign in, you choose the date ideas that appeal to you from our date menu, and we choose people we think you should meet. People we think you’ll get along with, but also people who you wouldn’t normally meet. For four days, we set up as many dates as possible. Meanwhile, you can go on with your everyday life, fitting the dates into your schedule.

The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency is a Walkabout project, each of which a participatory art project based on a tarot card. This covers, naturally, card VI: The Lovers.

For more information:

How to participate

Lovers’ FAQ

Oslo 2012 Date Menu


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The Lovers’ Club (Helsinki)

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Kesinä 2011 ja 2012 The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency ilmestyi Helsinkiin, Osloon ja Kööpenhaminaan viikoksi järjestämään toisenlaisia treffejä. The Lovers’ Club pyrkii jatkamaan toimintaa ympäri vuoden. Klubi on yhteisöllinen ja vapaamuotoinen, sen lopulliseen muotoutumiseen vaikuttavat kaikki jotka toimintaan osallistuvat. more »

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The Oslo 2012 Date Menu

What are the dates like? Here’s the Date Menu for Oslo in 2012. The Menu will be different every time and made in cooperation with locals, so we can best use what the city has to offer. Although some classics keep coming back…

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The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency 2012

Oslo 4.-8.7. ♥ Copenhagen 25.-29.7. ♥ Helsinki 15.-19.8.

The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency is a participatory art event made up of dates. We do the matchmaking, you go on the dates, and together we are The Lovers.

Where and when:
Oslo, Norway 4.-8.7. (Matchmakers’ workshop 2.-3.7.)
Copenhagen, Denmark 25.-29.7. (Matchmakers’ workshop 23.-24.7.)
Helsinki, Finland 15.-19.8. (Matchmakers’ workshop 13.-14.8.)

Cost: 30€ / 300 NOK / 250 DKK
Sign ups are now CLOSED.

The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency is a Walkabout project, each of which a participatory art project based on a tarot card. This covers, naturally, card VI: The Lovers.

Getting to the point with people where it feels like there is a genuine connection can be difficult and take a long time. We don’t easily let our guards down. Or maybe we just don’t understand each other. Getting from the first sight to the moment when we feel we share the same world is usually a long and gradual process, it can take years and in most cases it never happens. This is all for good reasons. To co-habit as a society we need to have our rules and play our games and have our limits. But wouldn’t it be nice to just for a moment skip all this and go right to the point where we can give people access to our worlds and see what’s inside theirs? Have you ever looked at windows and wished you could just knock on the doors and get to know the people inside? This is what The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency attempts to do.

It’s all very simple, really. For five days in the Agency will match up people who our matchmakers feel might have something to give each other. The daters will choose a theme for the date from our date menu, framing the encounter in an unusual way. To get to that place of intimacy, trust and safety we will teach you a tool, or a point of view, called the Lovers’ lens. Or you can ‘work’ at the Agency and become a matchmaker yourself.

For more information:

How to participate

How to become a matchmaker

Lovers’ FAQ

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What is this?

Is this for real, or is it some kind theatre?
Both. While we take ourselves seriously and our dates are real, we’re also playing at being a dating agency and with the idea of the date.

Should I have some experience in ______ to participate?
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The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency: How do I participate?

1. Read everything on this page and the FAQ and sign up.

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Nordic Larp Talks

As part of the run-up to this year’s Solmukohta Nordic larp conference, Johanna MacDonald gave a talk on the challenges of creating interactivity from the point of view of a performing artist: From performing arts to larp. Watch the video below, and check out all the other Nordic Larp talks – the entire Helsinki 2012 set includes Lizzie Stark, Mike Pohjola, JP Kaljonen, Jesper Bruun, Juhana Pettersson and Claus Raasted, as well as Johanna Koljonen interviewing Mikko Rautalahti (Remedy) & Andie Nordgren (CCP Games).

Published in States of Play


“Our first goal was to create art pieces where the participants could use the full capacity of their physical presence to interact with the piece, lived-in art. What we set out to design could best be described as temporary worlds or societies. Unlike in larp, while the worlds may be fictional, their inhabitants are not. Our goal is that the changes in behavior and identity, sometimes creating something like a character, are caused by adapting to the situation and simply cause the participants’ identities to include their new behavior and point of view.”

This year’s Solmukohta book, edited by Juhana Pettersson, is called States of Play. In our pieces, entitled “We Created A Monster” (parts I and II) we attempted to give a more-or-less concise account of the goals, tools, methods, and madness behind Walkabout. There are also some very pretty pictures.

The entire book is available online as a pdf.



Heidän tukensa Mesenaatin kautta tekee Loversin järjestämisen mahdolliseksi:

Their support through Mesenaatti makes Lovers possible:

Henrik Kumlin
Arno Karatmaa
Miila Romana
Marko Tanninen
Virpi Kilpiö
Alexandra Finckenberg
Virpi Byring
Sinikka Ikni
Saara Moisio
Otto Kopra


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