ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival

  The programme will be published in the spring 2018!

The 17th edition of ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. We now invite artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming. 

A playful engagement with the spaces of Kuopio, ANTI Festival’s host city, has been at the heart of our approach to bringing vital, exciting and surprising contemporary art to this ever receptive and inquisitive community. For 2018 we’re focusing our attentions properly on play and gaming – gaming in both its contemporary sense as an engagement with digital environments but also in a more expanded sense: what games, and what play, as adults, as young people, as children, do we engaged with – what forms does play take, and where and
how to do we encounter it?

We have some clear answers, organised games are played habitually across the world – football, chess, bowls, snooker - all have their professional contexts but all too engender mass engagement and participation. Other forms of play, particularly for adults, have surfaced across the last half-century. Much is discussed around skateboarding and how that practice playfully renegotiates urban space, free-running and parkour have continued the same pursuit. Rural environments, long the space of adventure, journey and leisure, have their associated play activities and in more recent years digital and virtual technologies have created a playing space of incredible scale and value, one to rival, and royally beat, those more passive forms of entertainment.

Play and games, in forms as divergent as any other realm of human activity, sit at the heart of the contemporary experience. Games are in our pockets, on our screens, in our bodies, they are played in and on the city, the landscape, the sea, the globe. They keep us well, they move us, orientate us, challenge us, frustrate us and entertain us. Games and play have become a way – an active way - of understanding the world and each other.

For our 2018 festival ANTI is thrilled to announce partnerships with Games for Health Finland and the International Game Developers Association, Kuopio Hub.

Games for Health Finland is coordinated by the Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

Submitting a Proposal

When proposing your project please take into account that ANTI Festival presents its programme in public space, this includes interior spaces and privately-owned spaces. We do not show projects in traditional cultural spaces and houses thus your proposed project will need to have an integral relationship with the place
in which it is presented.

All proposals must be sent using this electronic form and
written in English.

The form allows a link to be made to online documentation of previous work and for applicants to attach a CV and a maximum of three supporting images. Proposals that do not strictly conform to these guidelines
will not be considered.

We advice the applicants to get familiar with the artistic direction of ANTI Festival by reviewing our
past projects on, for example, our Vimeo page!

The proposal deadline is 12.12.2017 (at the midnight).

Proposed projects may respond to one or more of the following areas:

Play and social space
Play and subjectivity
Play and physical space
Play and wayfinding
Game play as social encounter
Game ‘space’ as site of social exploration
Play and low/no technology
Play and technology
Virtual play
Play and wellbeing
Public play environments
Games, engagement and participation
Professionalised play
Play and leisure
Play and competition
Cross-generational play

Further information:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival

Participation, dialogue and exchange: ANTI works with innovative artists on projects that
explore and explode urban space.

ANTI began life in 2002. Since then we’ve produced 16 editions of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and have established a year-round programme of artist residencies and cultural projects and events.

The festival is held annually in Kuopio, Finland. The city plays host to projects by artists from around the world that inhabit the spaces of public life – homes, shops, city squares, business, forests, lakes – and directly engage communities and audiences in the making and showing of their work. The festival is free to attend.

In collaboration with






ANTI Prize Weekend


ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival presents a new event celebrating today’s most explosive live artists. ANTI Prize Weekend will take place around the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art between 27th and 29th October 2016 in Kuopio, Finland.

In the three-day-long event we will award the world’s only, international prize for live art and present a new commissioned work, Artefact by last year’s winner, Australian Willoh S.Weiland. Our Creative Europe Programme project Future DiverCities will also be presented for the first time to public. The event will feature a club programme, audience workshops,
artist talks and a PechaKucha Night.



A new event celebrating today’s most explosive live artists




ANTI Prize Weekend

Friday 28.10.2016

18.00 The Puijo Church | Taivaanpankontie Street 3
19.30 “Technopolis Park” | Savilahdentie Street, next to the skate park

No entrance fee!

Artefact is a ceremony for obsolete technology.

It commemorates the mysterious phenomenon of brand disappearance from Blackberry, to Nokia. It is a tribute to the immortal consumer icons we have internationally adored and the intimate and fickle ways we worship them.

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Saturday 29.10.2016

20.00 till late Restaurant Puikkari | Maaherrankatu Street 5

On Saturday 29th October we announce the 2016 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. A Massive Party will be followed by the prize ceremony!

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Saturday 29.10.2016

Restaurant Puikkari | Maaherrankatu 5

K-X-P flies to Kuopio directly from London!

Visiting Kuopio for the first time ever, K-X-P will offer rhythmic, electronic and hypnotic musical experience on Saturday 29th October 2016 in the restaurant Puikkari during the ANTI Prize Weekend. Showtime at 10 pm!

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ANTI Festival will host an experimental artist residency “Lab” as a part of the Future DiverCities project in Kuopio. This will be the first of the 19 Artist Labs which will test and develop the practical approaches of Future DiverCities vision and mission.

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Saturday 29.10.2016

11.00 – 13.00 Matkus Shopping Center, 2nd floor | Matkuksentie Street 60
20.00 – Restaurant Puikkari  | Maaherrankatu Street 5

The Future DiverCities Lab Artists will stage an intervention at Matkus, the biggest shopping mall of Kuopio to collect contributions – data on sonic memories, hope and discomfort – from the local people! The overmapping concept contains multiple layers and will be presented in form of a light and map installation during the ANTI Prize Party in the restaurant Puikkari.

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Saturday 29.10.2016

17.30 – 18.30 Kuopio Academy of Design | Piispankatu Street 8

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and the international Future DiverCities – Creativity in an Urban Context project will take part in the Curators’ Day organized by the local artist association Ars Libera.
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Thursday 27.10.2016

17.00 Bistro Wine & Deli | Minna Canthin katu 16

At the PechaKucha Kuopio vol. 12, the Future DiverCities Lab Artists and The Map Consortium will share their practice and after work moods in images!

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Monday 24.10.2016

18.00-20.00 Mylly – Luovien alojen keskus | Kuninkaankatu Street 7, 3rd floor

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and Future DiverCities project invite artists and creatives and everyone interested in developing city culture and digital innovation to get together in Kuopio!

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