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