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/

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!