Ad Astra has more than 10 years of experience in the field of dialogue, interfaith-work
inclusive cultural heritage for children in schools, preschools, and daycares.
We also publish digital and printed material to support families, educators and institutions. Ad Astra's work is made possible thanks to private funders as well as funding from the Finnish State and Municipalities.
Arts and Culture for Children
Ad Astra hosts storytelling events at daycares, schools and cultural centers both indoors and outside in the garden. We also have twelve feast-tales in digital format available in seven different languages.

Click here to watch the stories in Finlandic-Swedish Sign Language.

My Language
Sounds, words and stories in the language of your parents is essential for every child. Therefor we offer children age 5-10 story-performances with music in their own language. We started with Arabic and continue with Ukrainian, Russian and other languages. We also started to translate our audiotales to Romani and Romani Kale.

Together with a cultural center, museum, daycare or preschool we plan and host feasts, such as Ramadan, Nouruz, Pesach, Lucia, the Lunar Festival etc. You can keep track of feasts and lents in our feastcalendar.
Equity and Dialogue
Ad Astra works continuously with proactive equity and dialogue both internally and externally. We believe that challenging systemic racism within organizations and institutions is a process that requires concrete tools,
methods and awareness in addition to proactive policy change.
Ad Astras produces storytelling performances, parties, exhibitions, drama and art education for children and young people and storytelling workshops. Our feast-calendar supports inclusive culture and helps educators and institutions to promote equality through art and culture.
Join our study circle for youth where we educate ourselves by reading literature and discussing issues related to equity, respect, dialogue, cultural heritage and discrimination.
The aim is for participants to understand their own position and how it affects and is affected by surrounding norms.
We also cooperate with DIVa rf to promote equity in kindergartens and create materials and tools to visualise racist structures both individually and institutionally and thus support staff.

Below you'll find different published material from Ad Astra rf.
Steps Towards Antiracism
We are a team of youth and students from the two organizations: Ad Astra rf. and One Step Ahead ry. (OSA). Together we have created this digital resource on racism and antiracism for anyone and everyone within the university community who wants or needs to learn more about these important topics.
Dialogue, Not Hate - Best practices for Citizen Dialogue
E-Book: 2022
12 European organisations, Ad Astra, Coexister, Connecting Actions, Faiths in Tunes, Fryshuset, G3i, GIP78, JUMA, the Muslim Jewish Conference, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, The Upper Room, and United Religions Initiatives, contributed to this book to share some of their concepts, tools and projects around citizen, intercultural, interfaith and interconvictional dialogue.

Dive in to know more about this diversity of approaches.

Our methods
We host workshops, storytelling events, feasts, educations, and exhibitions as well as create digi-tales, and publications.
Our work is shaped around and with storytelling, tales, music, drama, dance and visual arts.
We believe that arts and culture can make people come together, share, enjoy and learn.
We want to offer children and youth a chance to explore arts and cultures and take part in cultural heritage of many types.

Dialogue is a value and our way to communicate.
Repectful co-existence can thrive when everybody is given space and place. Dialogue is a field where expertise is needed, and we are continuously in contact with our partners in the European Institute for Dialogue to improve and learn more.
Education is central to our organization, both when it comes to educating ourselves and others. In our workshops we use tools such as storytelling backed up by theoretical concepts and academic research. We promote equity and dialogue, working against racisms We also wish to spread knowledge about National Minorities in Finland.