Haihatus is an artist run Art Center in Joutsa, Central Finland.

It produces art and organizes art happenings in it´s farmyard´s three houses named Utopia, Haihatus and Fantasia.


Haihatus Office, Artist Residency, space for performing arts, working and rehearshing.



Contemporary Art exhibitions and happenings.



Venue for all art events


Helsinki 200 km, Lahti 100 km, Jyväskylä 70 km


At the end of 90's decided visual artists Merja Metsänen ja Raimo Auvinen to arrange an exhibition of the artworks they had seen in the backyards in the finnish contryside.

Exhibition was named Haihatus, which means in english something like vanity or nonsense, suspecting idle but reviving, as art often is considered.

Because the first exhibition Haihatus 2000 was a succes, it became an annual summer tradition. In future the exhibition did not limit only to folk art. By the times it has grown to a well known exhibition of contemporary art and in the course of years the occupation of Haihatus has been widen in the field of arts and culture. It is now an international year round Art Center.

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