2020

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival
27.10.-1.11.2020

“Let’s do the thing that has been so difficult to do this year, let’s gather together. Let’s do that in acknowledgement that many around the world cannot, that we are fortunate that we can and that we’ll value the experience anew as we’ve learnt in so many other parts of lives to not take simple pleasures for granted. Not that ANTI Festival is a simple pleasure, it’s a complicated, intense, rich, and aromatic pleasure for those that prefer a taste of something strikingly unusual,”

Artistic Directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan say.


We have of course designed this festival to take into account everything needed for us all to be safe. Please find our instructions for a safe festival experience here.


The 19th edition of ANTI Festival celebrates Kuopio’s winning nomination as the European Region of Gastronomy 2020-2021
coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland, Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation and Savonia University.

Food is personal, private, deeply social, public, political, it speaks to industry, to production, to micro, local, national and international economies and ecologies, it is global, it is domestic. The festival programme takes on food from provocative and unique perspectives. Projects range from the intimate to the communal, we’ll be offered a window into the lives of strangers and be given opportunities to make new friends, we’ll eat together, think together, walk together and be together in ways that perhaps we haven’t for some time now.

Our Artistic Directors reflect further on the programme in their curatorial statement.


This year’s festival marks the 2nd edition of Shortlist LIVE! and we’re thrilled to present the four shortlisted artists for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art through a mix of live and remote showings – a unique set of artists and artworks for a unique year.

On Saturday 31st October in Kuopio, we will award ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prize for the 7th time.


The full festival programme and daily schedule will be available in September. Subject to changes.

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Thursday 22.10.      11.00 – 18.00
Friday 23.10.           11.00 – 18.00
Saturday 24.10.      10.00 – 15.00
Tuesday 27.10.         11.00 – 18.00
 Wednesday 28.10.   11.00 – 18.00
 Thursday 29.10.       11.00 – 18.00
 Friday 30.10.           11.00 – 18.00
 Saturday 31.10.       10.00 – 15.00

Shopping centre Apaja | Kauppakatu 45
Accessible Event

KELP! is a media art exhibition where young students in Kuopio and Helsinki discuss what kind of food we might be eating in the future. Climate change forces us to research new plant species to be used for food production. For example, the namesake of the project – kelp – has been listed as one of the super foods of the future. Read more ▸

Saturday 24.10.     11.00 – 14.00
Monday 26.10.       13.00 – 19.00
Tuesday 27.10.        13.00 – 19.00
Wednesday 28.10.  13.00 – 19.00
Thursday 29.10.       13.00 – 19.00

Shopping Centre Minna, 2nd floor | Haapaniemenkatu 18
Accessible Event

A Worn World invites people of any age, origin, gender and ability to take part in open workshops and atelier – to share stories of clothes, shame, memories and fears, to exchange experiences and hand-on-practices. Read more ▸

Tuesday 27.10.     13.00 – 19.00
Wednesday 28.10.     13.00 – 19.00
Thursday 29.10.     13.00 – 19.00
Friday 30.10.     10.00 – 14.00

Kuopio City Library | Maaherrankatu 12
Accessible Event

Of All The People In All The World offers a grain of truth about our planet: every grain of rice represents someone, somewhere.
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Tuesday 27.10.           16.00 – 19.00
Wednesday 28.10.     15.00 – 18.00
Thursday 29.10.          18.00 – 21.00

PAOK Kuopio | Asemakatu 4
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Cakes for thought is a project led by artist Marja Viitahuhta, where cakes and pastries are designed and made in honor of prominent feminist thinkers. The recipes are inspired by their ideas and work. Read more ▸

Tuesday 27.10.    19.00
Festival Centre |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo), street level
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Popcorn is a lecture performance and a short party.

It is an exploration of popcorn and its materiality as well as a potentiality of this specific material.

It is about time we spend making micro popcorn, but also about time we just spend. Read more ▸

     Wednesday 28.10.      15.00 – 21.00
           Thursday 29.10.       12.00 – 20.00
Gallery Ars Libera |  Maaherrankatu 3    

            Saturday 31.10.       12.00 – 14.00
Store room, street level |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo)
Accessible Event

Performance hours will be announced and booking system will open in September!

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. Read more ▸

Wednesday 28.10.  16.00 – 22.00
Thursday 29.10.       
16.00 – 22.00
Friday 30.10.          
16.00 – 22.00
Saturday 31.11.        
12.00 – 18.00

Restaurant Sampo | Kauppakatu 13
Accessible Event

Eight families from Syracuse, New York, all from different ethnic backgrounds, let us join the intimate moments of their dinner time through an immersive video experience.
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Wednesday 28.10.     16.00 – 21.00
Thursday 29.10.     16.00 – 21.00
Friday 30.10.     16.00 – 19.00

VR Konepaja | Pohjolankatu 1
Accessible Event

Homemade RC Toy installation presents Geumhyung Jeong’s self-made robotic sculptures.
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  Wednesday 28.10.    20.00
  Thursday 29.10.        20.00

Kristallisali | Piispankatu 8
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An experimental dinner and soundscape!

Bones, Woods & Spoons is a collaboration between wild food chef Jyrki Tsutsunen and sound artist Tatu Rönkkö. The duo creates an experimental dinner experience that is a meditation for all senses. Read more ▸

Thursday 29.10.    14.00 
Friday 30.10.        
14.00 
Saturday 31.10.    
10.00 
Sunday 1.11.          
12.00

Poukama spring | Poukamankatu 100
Accessible Event

Encountering taste is a field excursion to a wild water source close to the city center, followed by a culinary water tasting session and discussions.
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Thursday 29.10. 19.00 – 21.00

Shopping Centre H-talo, street level | Haapaniemenkatu 20
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The Worn World Club Night invites people to come dressed into something special: a garment they have a very, very personal relation with. Be it a secret desire, a memory, a challenge. All together we take these clothes out for a night of dance, celebrating hidden desires, dear memories and transgressing the power of the rules and regulations that surround us. Read more ▸

 Friday 30.10.      11.45 – 18.30
Saturday 31.10   
10.15 – 17.30
Sunday 1.11.        
10.15 – 13.30

Puijonnokka | Puijo forest

How can a cup of coffee lead us to a moment of bliss, an opening for new awareness and worldview?

This is a vision of Jani Mikkonen who is an award winning barista and the owner of Artisan Cafe in Helsinki. He has been determinedly creating art with coffee through a combination of scientific and sensual approaches. We have heard about Third Wave of Coffee but he has been pushing boundaries for the Fourth Wave which extends craftsmanship to experiences around coffee. Read more ▸

Friday 30.10.      15.00 – 18.00
Saturday 31.10.  10.00 – 13.00
Sunday 1.11.        10.00 – 13.00

Venue: TBC

How do you express yourself when Alzheimer’s disease is changing you to the core? If we don’t reach for gold but for silver, will our society, overheated by competition, become more equal?

A new site-specific work by the Helsinki based artist duo Biitsi tackles these seemingly separate issues. Silver Medal will be experienced for the first time at ANTI Festival.
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Saturday 31.10.   12.00 – 16.00

Galleria Ars Libera |  Maaherrankatu 3

Traditionally still life is understood to be a specific genre in western art that depicts things that do not move or are dead. Often still life revolves around food, from delicious fruits to fierce pieces of dead animals.

In this intervention, the students at Aalto Arts university are refiguring the term in the context of food and social distancing. What is the role of sharing a meal with others?

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Saturday 31.10.     14.00

ITAK Stage | Suokatu 42/2
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A Sheet as sail continues Brian Fuata’s long standing practice of structured improvisation that exploits the image of the ghost. Fuata will be working in situ at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, Australia, haunting and/or being possessed by the practices and artworks of the other artists, absorbing and embodying fragments of their works to become part of the performance.

A Sheet as sail will be filmed and edited to an independent post-improvisation film that will be presented at ANTI Festival! Read more ▸

Sunday 25.10.    

Liveworks Festival | Sydney, Australia

Apparitional Keynote Lecture, is a ghost lecture-performance that speculates on the future we are moving toward: a moment to gather together and collectively imagine what’s next.

The work is part of Shortlist LIVE! Programme and nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award.

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Friday 30.10.    19.00

            VR Konepaja | Pohjolankatu 1
Accessible Event

In Homemade RC Toy Geumhyung Jeong creates choreographic assemblages with self-made robotic sculptures.

The work is part of Shortlist LIVE! Programme and nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award.
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Friday 30.10.     21.00

Lumit, Kuopio Senior High School of Arts | Minna Canthin katu 46
Accessible Event

Flashdance is a performance where darkness materializes into sculptural landscapes and forms impossible for the human body. The audience is faced with their limited ability to see and the boundless terrain of their imagination.​

The work is part of Shortlist LIVE! and nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award.
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Saturday 31.10.     15.00

ITAK Stage | Suokatu 42/2
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Spectral takes shape as a choreographic exploration of a staged and moving landscape of different organisms and things. Within this multitude of human and non-human bodies a series of micro-movements can be perceived, and the configuration deforms and changes over time. The viewer experiences a concentrated, moving, breathing, pulsating, growing ecosystem, which blurs the boundaries between the different materialities.

The work is part of Shortlist LIVE! and nominated for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award.

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Saturday 31.10.   21.00-01.00

          Konepaja | Pohjolankatu 1, Kuopio
Accessible Event
Age Limit: 18

In ANTI Prize Party, we will celebrate the festival week, the Shortlist LIVE! Programme and the 2020 Winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art with drinks, food, artistic interventions and live music! Read more ▸

 Tuesday 27.10.               11.00 – 18.00
  Wednesday 28.10.        10.00 – 18.00
  Thursday 29.10.             10.00 – 18.00
   Friday 30.10.                 10.00 – 18.00
  Saturday 31.10.             10.00 – 17.00

    Festival Centre, H-talo |  Haapaniemenkatu 20
Accessible Event

Festival centre is the festival info desk as well as space for unexpected encounters; meet friends, pause, hang out! Visit us to ask for more information, pick up your copy of the ANTIZINE programme magazine and festival’s schedule maps – and spend time with the festival crew, artists and other audience members!
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Tuesday 20.10. – Saturday 31.10.

Festival Centre |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo)
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The Global City Local City lab brings together artists and curators whose work centers upon hyper-localised or locally-responsive approaches to place, responds to local sites, or engages with local histories, situations or conditions.
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  Tuesday 27.10.     
        Wednesday 28.10.     
    Thursday 29.10.     
  Friday 30.10.       
Saturday 31.10.          

Festival Centre |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo)
Accessible Event

The HUUMA working group organises both workshops open for everyone as well as targeted pop-up workshops, discussion events and encounters aimed at the project partners in the LÄBI space.
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Tuesday 27.10.   17.00

Festival Centre |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo)
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Johanna Tuukkanen will lecture on her Doctoral Thesis “Curatorial Practice Embedded in the City – A Case Study of Curating New Genre Public Art in Festival Context”. The work was accepted in the University of Jyväskylä in August 2020. We serve coffee and cake after the lecture.
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Wednesday 28.10.       14.00 – 16.00

Festival Centre |  Haapaniemenkatu 20 (H-talo)
Accessible Event

The Future DiverCities consortium presents a series of remote Interludes at the end of the project. The events will take place in Zagreb (CR), Liepaja (LV), Kuopio (FI), Bergen (NO), Berlin (DE) and Marseille (FR) from 17th September until 20th December 2020.
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