Coronavirus’ effects on our activities

17.3.2020

Like many organisations and events we are closely monitoring global developments regarding Coronavirus.

It may become necessary to delay ANTI Festival and/or rethink our programming of the festival to reflect Finnishand international travel restrictions and advice. We are carefully following this changeable issue and will make a decision on the festival’s timing and its programme in the next weeks.

Will we notify your as soon as we can if any changes effect your engagement with us.

We of course appreciate your patience on this complicated and unpredictable issue.
All the best for the challenging times!

For more information, contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005!


Newsletter 2/2020

A sculpture buried by ANTI Festival to be removed from its grave – welcome to take your own piece of Artefact!
An Impossible Performance Examines Coexistence and Relations of Codependency
New multiannual cooperation agreement with the City of Kuopio


A sculpture buried by ANTI Festival to be removed from its grave – welcome to take your own piece of Artefact!

In 2016, the Australian artists Willoh S Weiland and JR Brennan created the unforgettable production Artefact, performed with hundreds of local participants in Kuopio, Finland. The work was being edited into a remarkable film that was screened in the 2017 programmes of ANTI Festival and Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

As a part of the Artefact performance we buried a 12 tonne stone into a wasteland of Kuopio. The Artefact saga will continue next week as the stone has to be removed due to a building project in the area.

We now invite the participants of the Artefact project as well as other audiences to the grave of the Artefact to witness the stone coming up and disappearing again. For technical reasons we will crush the stone into pieces and bury it into another location.

Welcome on Wednesday 11th March at 4 pm.
Address: “Technopolis park”, Savilahdentie 4, Kuopio, Finland

Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

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An Impossible Performance Examines Coexistence and
Relations of Codependency

Samuli Laine’s Nurture has been selected to the Reality Research Center’s Residency Program for Impossible Performance. Nurture will premiere at ANTI Festival between 8th and 13th September 2020.

Nurture is a one-on-one performance where Samuli Laine investigates the politics of gender, nurturing and coexistence through the act of breastfeeding. The performance emerged from a desire to suggest new perspectives softly and tenderly and study nurturing as a radical driver of change.

Nurture will create a space for a delicate encounter that deconstructs the traditionally gendered practice of breastfeeding. In the performance, Samuli Laine nurses the spectator-experiencer. This event will create a temporary bond between two people and provide a space where social norms can change. Nurture reaches towards an alternate state of being and invites the experiencer to daydream. At the same time, the performance challenges the standardized gender and body related expectations for breastfeeding.

Image above: Samuli Laine

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New multiannual cooperation agreement with the City of Kuopio

Our Chair of Board Jenni Rissanen and Artistic Director Johanna Tuukkanen met in February to sign, from our side, a multiannual cooperation agreement with the City of Kuopio for the years 2020-2022! Thank you, City of Kuopio!

Jenni Rissanen & Johanna Tuukkanen

A sculpture buried by ANTI Festival to be removed from its grave – welcome to take your own piece of Artefact!

Media release 5.3.2020

In 2016, the Australian artists Willoh S Weiland and JR Brennan created the unforgettable production Artefact, performed with hundreds of local participants in Kuopio, Finland. The work was being edited into a remarkable film that was screened in the 2017 programmes of ANTI Festival and Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

As a part of the Artefact performance we buried a 12 tonne stone into a wasteland of Kuopio. The Artefact saga will continue next week as the stone has to be removed due to a building project in the area.

We now invite the participants of the Artefact project as well as other audiences to the grave of the Artefact to witness the stone coming up and disappearing again. For technical reasons we will crush the stone into pieces and bury it into another location.

Welcome on Wednesday 11th March at 4 pm.
Address: “Technopolis park”, Savilahdentie 4, Kuopio, Finland

For more information: Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005

Willoh S. Weiland & JR Brennan (AU): Artefact – Photo: Pekka Mäkinen

Artefact 2016

Artefact by Willoh S Weiland and JR Brennan was a funeral for obsolete technology. It commemorated the mysterious phenomenon of brand disappearance from Blackberry, to Nokia. It was a tribute to the immortal consumer icons we have internationally adored and the intimate and fickle ways we worship them. It farewelled the products that have formed us with performance, sound, documentary and pathos.

Created with the community of Kuopio and featured some of its best loved choirs, death metal singers and a living timeline of children to senior citizen – Artefact was an invitation to the city to celebrate the relationships they have with their own magical artefacts.

Willoh S Weiland is the 2015 winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, and Artefact was a commissioned work of the Prize.


260 proposals from around the world submitted in ANTI Festival’s open call

Media release 9.1.2020

The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 8th and 13th September 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. We invited artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of food. The open call was organised between 21st November and 19th December 2019.

We received 260 proposals from 50 different countries.

The result of the open call shows that ANTI Festival, Kuopio, live art and multidisciplinary contemporary art have audiences across the globe, in every continent. Proposals were submitted, besides from several European countries, from the United States and Canada, Columbia and Costa Rica, India and Taiwan, Lebanon and Pakistan, Egypt and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, among others.

A warm thank you to all the applicants. The festival programme will be released during the spring.

For more information contact Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005.

Karen Spencer: Bread-bed 2004. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen


Newsletter 12/2019

Happy Holidays and New Year 2020!

ANTI Festival sends a big warm thank you for the year 2019 to all our partners, artists, team members, voluntary assistants and audiences! We wish you Happy Holidays and all the best for the year 2020!

During the past year, ANTI Festival worked in several multidisciplinary projects, both local and international, and organised public events in Kuopio throughout the year.
The highlights of the year were:

Finnish Theatre of the Year 2019 Award 11.3.2019. ANTI Festival was the first ever festival winning the prize.

Death Café events 20.3.-16.10.2019: We prepared ourselves to the 2019 festival theme in Death Cafe events organised in collaboration with a local mortician, Kukka- ja hautauspalvelu Rosanna.

10.-15.9.2019 ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival. The 18th festival edition brought together artists and audiences from across Finland and around the world. The programme traced various iterations of death in an attempt to open-up thinking around our relationship to it and to the many sets of phenomena that surround it.

We were proud to present the new Shortlist LIVE! programme as part of the festival. Shortlist LIVE! presented works by the artists shortlisted for ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. The highlight of the festival was announcing Dana Michel as the winner of the Prize. Dana Michel will return to Kuopio in 2020 with a new commissioned work.

2.-15.9.2019 Future DiverCities Lab #4 closed the series of Labs curated and organised by ANTI. The Lab set up a pop-up space and meeting point for artists and audiences in the centre of Kuopio.

15.11.2019 the City of Kuopio awarded ANTI Festival with an honorary diploma for “Promoting Internationalization in the City of Kuopio”.

Image above: Terje Isungset (NO): Ice Music 2016. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen.


ANTI Festival 2020 – Call for Proposals closed

The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 8th and 13th September 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. For our 2020 festival ANTI is thrilled to announce partnership with Kuopio Region of Gastronomy, coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland and Savonia University.

We invited artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of food and received 270 proposals from around the world. Thank you to all the applicants!

Karen Spencer: Bread-bed 2004. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen


Call for proposals on the theme of Food – One week left to Submit!

Newsletter 12.12.2019

The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 8th and 13th September 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. We now invite artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage
with the theme of food.

This year, in addition to the general call-out we have five specific call-outs for commissioned projects. In addition see below for a call, made by our partner Reality Research Center, for applications to the Residency for Impossible Performance initiative.

To submit a proposal for ANTI Festival 2020, read the application guidelines on our website.
The proposal deadline is 19.12.2019 (midnight Finnish time).

For our 2020 festival ANTI is thrilled to announce partnership with Kuopio Region of Gastronomy, coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland and Savonia University.


Reality Research Center: Call for Applications

The Residency Program for Impossible Performance is a part of Reality Research Center programme in 2019–2021. Each year an artist will be selected through an open application process. The Artist in Residency will get the resources to produce an “impossible”, unprecedented performance for ANTI – Contemporary Art Festivalin Kuopio, Finland, in September. The program is for artists at the beginning of their career or people with an otherwise utopian agenda who work in performing arts in Finland and who have unfulfilled performative dreams.

The application period for the 2020 residency is open from Nov 21 to Dec 20, 2019. Read what’s on offer plus further instructions from Reality Research Center webpage and submit!

Image: Aino Nieminen/lasttuesday.fi

Newsletter 11/2019

ANTI Festival 2020 – Call for proposals on the theme of Food

For our 2020 festival ANTI is thrilled to announce partnership with Kuopio Region of Gastronomy, coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland and Savonia University.

The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 8th and 13th September 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. We now invite artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of food.

This year, in addition to the general call-out we have five specific call-outs for commissioned projects. In addition see below for a call, made by our partner Reality Research Center, for applications to the Residency for Impossible Performance initiative.

To submit a proposal for ANTI Festival 2020, read the application guidelines on our website. The proposal deadline is 19.12.2019 (midnight Finnish time).


Reality Research Center: Call for Applications

The Residency Program for Impossible Performance is a part of Reality Research Center programme in 2019–2021. Each year an artist will be selected through an open application process. The Artist in Residency will get the resources to produce an “impossible”, unprecedented performance for ANTI – Contemporary Art Festivalin Kuopio, Finland, in September. The program is for artists at the beginning of their career or people with an otherwise utopian agenda who work in performing arts in Finland and who have unfulfilled performative dreams.

The application period for the 2020 residency is open from Nov 21 to Dec 20, 2019. Read what’s on offer plus further instructions from Reality Research Center webpage and submit!

Image: Aino Nieminen/lasttuesday.fi

Honorary diploma for Promoting Internationalization
in the City of Kuopio

The City of Kuopio awarded ANTI Festival with an honorary diploma for
“Promoting Internationalization in the City of Kuopio”.

According the City of Kuopio, “ANTI Festival is the most international art festival in Finland, the most significant Finnish festival for contemporary art and performance art. Also, awarding the world’s only Prize for Live Art.”

Artistic Director – Senior Manager Johanna Tuukkanen and Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen received the diploma in an event organised to celebrate the 244 year old City of Kuopio. We warmly thank you for the acknowledgment.

Johanna Tuukkanen and Elisa Itkonen. Photo: Zulani Dawkins

Video postcard from ANTI 2019

The final postcard from ANTI Festival 2019 includes the festival highlights from Saturday 14th September when we experienced performances from the 2019 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art shortlisted Dana Michel and Keijaun Thomas, announced Dana Michel as the winner of the Prize and celebrated with good music in an amazing environment!

Postcard from ANTI 2019 Part 4 by Kim Saarinen (Modomo Films) on our Vimeo page!


ANTI Festival 2020 – Call for proposals on the theme of Food

Media release 21.11.2019

For our 2020 festival ANTI is thrilled to announce partnership with Kuopio Region of Gastronomy, coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland and Savonia University. The 19th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 8th and 13th September 2020 in Kuopio, Finland. We now invite artists, working in any field, to propose projects that directly engage with the theme of food.

This year, in addition to the general call-out (see below for details) we have five specific call-outs for commissioned projects. In addition see below for a call, made by our partner Reality Research Center, for applications to the Residency for Impossible Performance initiative.

“Food sits at the heart of human civilization. It touches the intensely personal, the national, and the global with equal emphasis. Is there an industry, a field, an activity, a substance with more political, social and economic importance than food? Eating together civilizes us and yet the production of food and its impact on the world’s resources is rapidly endangering the continuation of human life. Every meal we eat is arguably a part of this discourse and yet without difficulty, and with genuine joy, we are able to attribute deep pleasure, sensorial delight and an abundance of feelings of wellbeing, happiness and belonging to the food we surround ourselves with. Food touches every part of our lives, it speaks to sensuality, sexuality, gender, race, class; it forms the background and the foreground to our days, it nourishes and sustains. Food is, as it always has been, a joyful and
complex reminder of our place in this world,”

Artistic Directors Gregg Whelan and Johanna Tuukkanen write.

The 2020 edition of ANTI Festival celebrates Kuopio’s winning nomination as the European Region of Gastronomy 2020. For an introduction to Kuopio’s food producers, street food festivals, restaurants and traditional markets
see this video.

For more information contact Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005.

Image above: Karen Spencer: Bread-bed 2004. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen


Submitting a Proposal for ANTI Festival 2020

When proposing a project to ANTI Festival please make sure your work responds to the festival’s focus on public space (including interior and privately owned spaces). We do not show projects in traditional cultural spaces (galleries, theatres etc.) so your proposed project will need to have an integral relationship with the place in which it is presented and your proposal will need to outline where your work could be located.

The proposal 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 strongly advise you spend some time getting to know ANTI Festival before making an application,
our Vimeo page
is a great place to get a sense of past editions of the festival.


Send your proposal by using this electric form. The proposal deadline for all proposals is 19.12.2019 (at 23.59 Finnish time).

We apologize for not being able to react to all of the many questions you are sending us close to the deadline. Please read the application guidelines carefully and submit your application. We will contact you, in January, for additional information if needed.

Areas that your project may respond to may include one or more of the following
(this list is by no means exhaustive):

Food and identity; personal/regional/national
Food and social inequality
Food and environment/ecology
Food and geopolitics
Food and land use
Rural and urban farming
Food and community
Food and belief/spirituality
Cooking; dexterity and creativity
Food and the everyday; feeding the family
Food and celebration
Food and gender
Food and wellbeing
Food and the body; disease, eating disorders, body-shape discourse
Local food/Finnish food/seasonal food
Fast food and delivery services; new economies

For more information, contact Festival Manager  Elisa Itkonen, elisa@antifestival.com, +358 50 305 2005.


Fees & Budgeting

ANTI Festival’s key value is to support artists’ work and pay for their work. The application form asks you to estimate a budget for your proposed project. Please estimate a fee that you consider to cover your work in the project; also estimate travel and accommodation costs and other costs in details (materials, technical equipment etc.) – all that is needed to bring and present your work in Kuopio.
Based on the proposed budget, we will negotiate on the actual budget with the selected artists. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on the financial aspects more at the moment.

Special Commissions

Alongside responding to the above list of potential areas we also invite proposals to respond to the below outlines created in collaboration with our local partners. These outlines are intended to work as springboards – your project may develop and extend the information offered here; we’re interested in finding out how you would work with the given framework – we are particularly interested in process-based works.

Wild Foraging

The green spaces around Kuopio are a rich resource for wild food, visiting the forests and lakes of Finland to fish and forage is deeply embedded in Finnish cultural life. In collaboration with Pro Agria Eastern Finland, coordinators of European Region of Gastronomy Kuopio, we are seeking a project that draws on this rich tradition and engages an audience directly with the activity of foraging.  Although foraging is associated with rural spaces urban and sub-urban contexts are also possible locations for the project.

Collaboration with chef Anssi Kantelinen

Anssi Kantelinen, a leading chef, is known for creating innovative vegetarian dishes and being the Top Chef 2015 winner in Finland. Anssi is also a member of the international Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, which as an organization is active in Kuopio. The opportunity here is for an artist to propose a collaboration with Anssi; this could take any form however at its center will be a focus on the act of preparing and presenting food.

Aquaponic Systems

A research group at the University of Eastern Finland, led by Harri Kokko,  is currently running a project on aquaponic systems. Aquaponic systems save water, energy and food waste, they are also used in urban farming worldwide. This collaborative platform may offer an opportunity for artists interested in the crossover between art, science and activism.

Kuopio Market Hall – Kuopion kauppahalli

Kuopio’s traditional market hall, located in the city’s main square, represents both the city’s past and its vibrant present tense; it is home to a wealth of local food producers and retailers, and draws a wide range of visitors and shoppers of all ages. See images of the historical building online here.How might an artist work with this space at the center of city life and collaborate with local entrepreneurs and food producers? The intention is that the hall itself will be the location of the commissioned project.

Festival Feasting

We are seeking a project that creates/curates a festival meal, for festival artists and audiences alike; a place to meet and eat together. This may be a one-off event, perhaps to mark the opening, or closing of the festival, or be a daily occurring event. What the food is, how it is sourced, prepared and presented will be central to the project, as will the event of the meal itself; where and how it takes place will be key components of the work.

Please add the title of the special commission on the electronic form, there’s a line for “Are you applying for a special commission project? Which one?”.

Reality Research Center: Call for Applications

The Residency Program for Impossible Performance is a part of Reality Research Center programme in 2019–2021. Each year an artist will be selected through an open application process. The Artist in Residency will get the resources to produce an “impossible”, unprecedented performance for ANTI – Contemporary Art Festivalin Kuopio, Finland, in September. The program is for artists at the beginning of their career or people with an otherwise utopian agenda who work in performing arts in Finland and who have unfulfilled performative dreams.

The application period for the 2020 residency is open from Nov 21 to Dec 20, 2019. Read what’s on offer plus further instructions from Reality Research Center webpage and submit!

Kuva: Aino Nieminen/lasttuesday.fi


Honorary diploma for Promoting Internationalization in the City of Kuopio

The City of Kuopio awarded ANTI Festival with an honorary diploma for “Promoting Internationalization in the City of Kuopio”.

According the City of Kuopio, “ANTI Festival is the most international art festival in Finland, the most significant Finnish festival for contemporary art and performance art. Also, awarding the world’s only Prize for Live Art.”

Artistic Director – Senior Manager Johanna Tuukkanen and Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen (in the photo) received the diploma in an event organised to celebrate the 244 year old City of Kuopio. We warmly thank you for the acknowledgment.

Photo: Zulani Dawkins

Thank you for the 2019 ANTI Festival

Media release 4.10.2019

The 18th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival was organised in Kuopio, Finland between 10th and 15th September 2019. The festival brought together artists and audiences from across Finland and around the world. The programme traced various iterations of death in an attempt to open-up thinking around our relationship to it and to the many sets of phenomena that surround it.

Over 10 000 participants attended festival events in Kuopio and over 80 000 people followed ANTI’s posting, images and videos on social media.

A warm thank you to the festival artists, audiences, staff members, volunteers and partners!

ANTI 2019 in images

Our photographer Pekka Mäkinen and videographer Kim Saarinen documented the festival events throughout the festival week.

Photos by Pekka Mäkinen are uploaded to our Best of ANTI 2019 folder on Facebook. Some of the best video clips by Kim Saarinen are already on our Instagram and Vimeo pages.

Mammalian Diving Reflex: Sex, Drugs & Criminality. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen