Newsletter 2/2018

Art with and for immigrants 19.3.2018
Join us in Nordic Urban Lab 22.-24.3.2018

Art with and for immigrants

Discussion meeting on Monday 19th March 2018 at 4 pm.
ANTI OFFICE, Nahkurinkatu 1, Kuopio, Finland

ANTI Festival invites artists and art organisations, based in the Kuopio region, to discuss how to engage immigrants in art projects and services.

The meeting is targeted especially to artists working in the context of community arts and with socially engaged practices; to those who have worked or are willing to work with and for immigrants.

Please sign up to the meeting by 15th March by sending email to!

The working language of the meeting is Finnish but we are happy to be contacted in English in case you want to hear more about our initiative!


In 2017, ANTI Festival contributed in the New Start Finland! research project which is a part of the larger research project PROMEQ – Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (2016-2019).

New Start Finland! aims at promoting health, wellbeing and integration of immigrants and asylum seekers. The research project included four practical, experimental pilots on social marketing, and one of them was implemented by ANTI Festival.

In our pilot, Kuopio Encounters, we organised a series of creative workshops directed by artist Ernest Truely. Both new immigrants and Finnish in origin were invited to participate in the workshops through
May and October 2017.

The project has officially closed, and we are now willing to share the knowledge based on our experiences.

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

Photo: Pekka Mäkinen. Kuopio Encounters event 23.9.2017


Join us in Nordic Urban Lab!

22-24 March 2018
Location: Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland

ANTI Festival is, naturally, present when Nordic cultural managers and strategists, urbanists and city planners, architects, visual and performance artists, researchers and academics, students, community organisers, urban activists, environmentalists, and city councilors gather together to discuss alternative culturally based urban strategies and practices.

40 specialists are invited to engage and to kick-start discussions, and ANTI Festival’s artistic director Johanna Tuukkanen is one of them.

Nordic Urban Lab will explore some of the key aspects of taking a cultural perspective on the city and on urban strategies and will include topics such as; cultural mapping, citizen led initiatives, activism and artivism, pop up and performative architecture, place making, gaming and urbanism, engaging and empowering citizens, public space as the key and new directions for public art. All important and
actual topics to ANTI!

Programme and registration at!