Taneli the producer smiles broadly in our meeting. He has a good reason to, because at the moment he’s our hero. He conquered Hämeentie.
Hämeentie is a street nearby. In previous years, the street festival has sprawled on both sides of the street, and this year too we’ve made plans to place programme and show venues to the community centre Kääntöpaikka, Galleriakäytävä, Comics Centre and the yards of Toukola area single-family houses. And now, according to the most recent news, also on Hämeentie.
“Everything can be sorted out when you know to take one thing at a time,” says Taneli. Pretty zen – but so true: when you try to do something new, you need to take one step at a time. Usually that means perseverance and phone call stamina. Like in all permit-related situations, you need to find the right place, negotiate terms and when the time comes, show that you’re a (wo)man of your word. In this case, Taneli promised to negotiate with the regional bus service about temporary bus routes and consult the police and the fire department. And that’s what he did. The step by step method might sound like you’re fumbling in the dark, you can usually trust on different officials (city officials, police etc.) to guide you to the next step. You don’t need to find everything out on your own!
“And suddenly I found myself sketching a traffic sign plan.”
As simple as that!
Translation by Pigasus Translations.