RIITTA WIKSTRÖM ‘Small is beautiful’. These were the words used by Vivica Bandler when in
1989 she became artistic director of the Tampere International Theatre Festival,
an organisation rapidly running out of money. At the beginning of the 90s
the festival had to be content with showing small-scale visiting productions
involving only a few actors and it was from this that the audience had to
experience the wonder and greatness of the theatre. This was not a conscious
policy, rather it was an attempt to turn the inevitable to the festival’s advantage.