Eva Neklyaeva

Eva Neklyaeva (°Belarus) is a curator based in Santarcangelo di Romagna, a small town between the sea and the hills in central Italy. She is working as an artistic director of Santarcangelo, the Italian festival presenting and producing contemporary performance. Eva is concerned with the questions of freedom and focuses her practice on exploring these questions in the areas of art, politics and sexuality.

Her previous positions included director of contemporary art organization Checkpoint Helsinki, a institution with a passion for finding new ways of producing, presenting and communicating art in the city. Before that, she had been running Baltic Circle International Contemporary Theatre Festival for six years. Under her leadership, the festival became an acclaimed international platform and laboratory for emerging multidisciplinary performance. In 2014, Neklyaeva has founded Wonderlust – a festival of diverse and creative sexuality that takes place every June in Helsinki.

For her work, Neklyaeva received two TINFO awards for innovation in theatre field, Finnish PEN’s Freedom of Speech award as well as Finnish Sexologists Association’s award for promotion of sexual wellbeing.

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