ANTI Festival opens today in Kuopio, Finland!

Media release 25.9.2018

17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival opens today on Tuesday 25th September in Kuopio, Finland. Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will present projects engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

All festival events are free to attend. Read about the programme of the first festival days below and join in!

For more information, contact Elisa Itkonen, +358 50 305 2005,

Festival Opening & ANTI pop-up play space

Tuesday 25.9. 12.00
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu Street 14

The festival opening will be held in ANTI pop-up play space, full of innovative and exciting games and artworks during the festival week. Welcome to meet with the festival team, artists and pick up your copy of the festival programme and ANTIZINE magazine!



Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 11:00 – 17:00
Saturday 29.9. 10:00 – 16:00
Park next to the Kuopio City Hall | Tulliportinkatu Street 31

As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak, and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to consider all words it hears, and is reflecting your own views, and the views of many others.

Three Pivot seesaws will be installed in a park next to the Kuopio City Hall!

We have challenged decision makers from the City of Kuopio to discuss with the town residents while having a seesaw ride. On the opening day, Vice Mayor Jari Kyllönen is available to have a ride with you between 11.00 and 12.00!

Pivot - Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti
Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti


Sanna From & Riina Hannuksela (FI): I Love Me Lunch Play

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 12:00 – 13:00

Have a different lunch break!

The main goal of I Love Me Lunch Play is to get new perspectives on your everyday life. You can play this game in your everyday surroundings, inside or outside, in institutions, work places, schools, malls, parks, yards, streets – where ever!

How to play? Go to our website for the instructions!


Action Hero (UK): Oh Europa

Tuesday 25.9. 13:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 26.9. – Thursday 27.9. 12:00 – 16:00
Friday 28.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Saturday 29.9. 11:00 – 13:00
Kuopio Market Square

Over 6 months in 2018, Action Hero are travelling over 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people they meet.

They invite ANTI Festival and the people of Kuopio to contribute to the process by recording love songs in their mobile studio and by encountering material gathered on their journey through Europe’s contested identity.

Photo: Paul Blakemore
Photo: Paul Blakemore


Hai Art, Antye Greie-Ripatti (DE/FI), Juan Duarte Regino (MX) & Eerika Jalasaho (FI): Sound Map Kuopio

Tuesday 25.9. 16.00 – 18.00
Meet with the Artist Eerika Jalasaho
ANTI pop-up play space | Hallikatu Street 14

A new field-recording sound app for smart devices for the city Kuopio will be launched at this year’s ANTI Festival. Sound Map Kuopio captures sounds of Kuopio in an imaginative, participatory way and ask questions such as which sound do you connect with the city of Kuopio? Which sound belongs to Kuopio, whether you love it or not?

Photo: Eerika Jalasaho
Photo: Eerika Jalasaho


Meetlab (HU): TRON

Tuesday 25.9. – Wednesday 26.9. 18:00 – 21:00
Ylä-Pyörö school yard | Blominkatu Street 2 (Petonen district)

Thursday 27.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Friday 28.9. 18:00 – 24:00
Saturday 29.9. 18:00 – 22:00
Koljonniemenkatu Street 3

We invite people of Kuopio to play TRON, the legendary and simple one-on-one video game, laser projected on a wall of a building. TRON takes us back in time to the creation of our first video games. Let’s play, cheer and challenge the winners all night long!


Tania El Khoury (LB): As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Wednesday 26.9. 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00
Thursday 27.9. 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00
Friday 28.9. 13.00 – 15.00 & 16.00 – 18.00
M/S Queen R | Kuopio Harbour  | Kauppakatu Street 1

One audience member every 10 minutes, book your seat:!

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an encounter through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee.


Future DiverCities Lab #3 – Public Sharing

Wednesday 26.9. 17.00
Community centre Pinari | Pyörönkaari 19

ANTI Festival will host the third Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio before and during the festival! In the Lab, artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe work together in the frame work of the Future DiverCities project, in relation to each other, the local environment and community, sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.

In the end of the working period, the Lab artists share the outcomes of their collective process in an open event!


Anna Maria Häkkinen, Lotta Suomi & Emil Uuttu (FI): Wrestling Club workshops

The Wrestling Club workshop aims at preparing participants’ bodies for the performances seen in the festival programme. Anyone, regardless of age, size and gender may participate in the workshop!

Wed 26.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Thu 27.9. 16.30 – 19.30 – workshop
Fri 28.9. 19.00 – 21.00 – performance
Sat 29.9. 18.00 – 20.00  – performance

Locations and more information on our website. You may sing up by sending email to or calling to +358 50 305 2005!

Kuva: Kristian Palmu - Häkkinen-Suomi-Uuttu: PAINI-esitys
Photo: Kristian Palmu