The 20th ANTI Festival starts in 1 week – see also this week’s programme!

Media release 7.9.2021

The 20th ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival starts in one week in Kuopio, Finland. Please book your seats (0€) to our performances and workshops in advance. There are still seats available to the events we list below.

For the bookings, go to our website: Cancellations of bookings are possible – please add your name on the waiting list. Welcome to come and ask for seats also at the door!

Download the Programme and Daily Schedule 14-19 September 2021 HERE (link). Bookings are not required in all cases, see where you can simply pop in!

We have designed ANTI Festival 2021 to take into account everything needed for a COVID safe festival experience. Several artworks can be experienced alone or in small groups, for example. See our guidelines here:

ANTI events are all free of charge. Welcome to celebrate the 20th ANTIversary!

For more information, contact Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen,, 050 305 2005

600 HIGHWAYMEN (US): A THOUSAND WAYS (Part One): A Phone Call

WED 8.9. – SAT 18.9.2021 (multiple performance times)

A performance about communion, distance, and reconnection from one of the world’s most acclaimed theater companies. Designed around social distancing rules to meet participants where they are and when they are!

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600 HIGHWAYMEN (US): A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter

TUE 14.9. – SUN 19.9.2021 (multiple performance times)
address: Kauppakatu 35

You and a stranger meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. Using a script and a few simple objects, a simple exercise of working together becomes an experience of profound connection with another person.

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WAUHAUS (FI): A Great Mess

Bus transportation to the performance leaves:

TUE 14.9.2021 / 18.00 (in Finnish)
WED 15.9.2021 / 18.00 (in Finnish)
THU 16.9.2021 / 18.00 (in Finnish)
SAT 18.9.2021 / 18.00 (in English)
address: Maljalahdenkatu, behind the City Hall

A site-sensitive performance that transports us to a waste disposal site – the largest landfill in the Eastern Finland – and offers a glimpse into a world where humans no longer see themselves as the centre of the universe.

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Photo: Katri Naukkarinen

Reality Research Center, Emelie Zilliacus & Martin Paul (FI): Exhibit

WED 15.9.2021 / 19.00 & 22.00
THU 16.9.2021 / 14.00, 19.00 & 22.00
SAT 18.9.2021 / 12.00 & 17.00
SUN 19.9.2021 / 12.00 & 14.00
address: Maaherrankatu 3

Would you go to a performance you know nothing about? This is an impossible performance, no-one knows the content of it, not even the festival arrangers.

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Dana Michel & Tracy Maurice (CA): VANESSA VECTOR WILLIAM DODGER – Film premiere + Q&A

THU 16.9.2021 / 16.00
address: Ajurinkatu 16

Dana Michel, the 2019 Winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art presents a new work at the ANTI Festival 2021! VANESSA VECTOR WILLIAM DODGER is a live film project by the Canadian Dana Michel and Tracy Maurice.

After the screening we will host an Artist Talk, live with Dana!

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Narcissister (US): Narcissister Organ Player + Q&A

THU 16.9.2021 / 17.30 & 20.00
address: Vuorikatu 27

Narcissister Organ Player is a documentary film that explores how ancestral data is stored in our bodies, impacting the lives we lead.

After the last screening we will host a Q&A with the artist!

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Photo: Narcissister